Diary of a course employee: I broke something expensive!
So I took a job for the summer at the local course and thought it might be fun to detail my experiences as they happen. I’ve never worked at a golf course and know nothing... so here we go.
I’m making local minimum wage and am a foreigner, whose local language skills are sub-par.
Day 1 monday: I show up to the course at 7.00 as instructed and am issued my gear at the maintenance barn. Hi-vis coveralls are the uniform, as are ear muffs.
My first job? Pick range balls. I have a partner and we take turns driving the picker and feeding the balls into the washer. Our range has a lesson studio and they use white ProV practice balls; the rest of the range is yellow, so we have to separate the balls. A high school has reserved the range at 8.30, so we hustle to fill the ball machines for them. I managed to beach the picker in gravel on my first attempt at trying to start it from gravel, and turned too tightly and cut a nice rut out there. Lesson learned.
Range prepared we then change the divot bottle sand and collect the trash from the clubhouse area. We jockey pull-carts into position and otherwise tidy up.
The rest of the day is spent moving tees around to spread wear around. The thing about this job is if something needs to be done it generally needs to done 18 times, so the process takes forever. Once the tees are moved, the day is pretty much done...
That’s it for the day one recap, I won’t go day by day but I’ll try to provide any funny stories I can along the way. I also get free golf so not all bad. Until next time!