10 Questions You Need To Ask Before Starting a Career in Golf Management

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The golf industry generates more than $70 billion in revenue each year, creating millions of jobs.

There are plenty of employment opportunities for talented people who love the game and want to get involved in golf management.

It’s important to get started off on the right foot.

Professional training can lay a sound base for a golf management career.

If you are considering a career in golf management, these questions can help focus your goal-setting.

Career Path Questions

First look at your own experience and goals to get a better picture of your possible golf career path. Ask:

  • Where do you want to be in five or ten years?
  • What areas of the industry interest you?
  • What experience do you have now?

What did you like best about your previous experiences in the golf industry, as an employee or player?

The answers can give you some ideas where you want to go.

For example, two common career paths are:

  • Teaching Professional – A fully credited PGA teaching professional helps golfers acquire the skills to become better players and enjoy the game more.Some teaching pros also run golf shops and help manage store inventory and sales.
  • Club Manager – Golf club managers oversee all operations for golf and country club facilities. This is a senior management position that demands skills and experience in managing and motivating staff, setting and achieving revenue and profit targets, and enhancing long-term growth goals.

There are other areas in the industry like tournament director or sales representative for an equipment manufacturer.

You may not know exactly which role you want to play at this point in time.

That is normal, and you can narrow down your path once you are exposed to different disciplines.

Training and Education

Once you have a general idea where you want to go, look for institutions that will give you a solid base to work from. When looking at golf colleges or a golf program in a general college, ask these questions:

  • Does the training prepare you for a variety of positions in the industry?
  • Do you get nuts-and-bolts training in golf instruction, golf course management, as well as golf equipment and facilities management?
  • Does the college have state-of-the-art equipment and facilities?
  • Do they teach the rules, history and traditions of golf?
  • Do they provide the latest techniques in teaching golf?
  • Do you get an overview of how golf clubs fit in the larger hospitality and recreation industries?

These questions will help you determine the quality and depth of the teaching and facilities at a golf college.

The right training will position you well as you begin your career. As an example, this is a common progression in golf management:

  • Golf Shop Employee
  • Assistant Teaching Professional
  • Teaching Professional
  • Head Professional
  • Director of Golf
  • General Manager

There are thousands of golf courses, golf shops and golf operations around the country.

In addition, golf equipment manufacturers and other industry verticals abound.

They all need professional teachers and executives who know the industry inside and out.

Download our free  Golf Career Guide for more information.

Contact us at the College of Golf at Keiser University,  or call 888-355-4465, and find out how we can help you achieve your goals in a career in golf management.