How to break in, without going broke?
I am just at a career standstill at the moment. I don't find enjoyment in what I do any longer and frankly I am tired of factory work/manufacturing. I love golf. That is why I am here. I'm not good at it but I love everything about. The turf side, the architecture, the business side of it, the customer interaction and the essence of providing a service and experience. The actual playing is oddly enough pretty far down on the list as to why I love golf.
I took a few classes in college (CG Management) but that was really only to fill out my class schedule at the time. My school was not know for cranking out high quality turf guys or golf course managers. At the time it didn't cross my mind that that should have been my field. Honestly, what I was doing was my passion and may still be my passion but the actual career it has carried me into is not. I was big into water and hydrology and geology. Have an Environmental Science degree but mostly do compliance management including environmental, OSHA and worker's compensation. I'm burned out on factories.
How can I get in to the golf business? Run a course, or run a shop (non-PGA, remember I'm a 13 and won't pass the playing test) or even work for a design firm re-designing or giving face lifts to existing courses? I like to think I have a good eye for not only what will play well and be challenging but will be maintainable and sustainable and not cost a ton of money to create.
The caveat to all this is that I also have a family to support. I can't drop everything and start by raking bunkers at the local muni part-time. Not that I am above the work or wouldn't actually enjoy that, but that financially I cannot swing that.
You may have read my other thread "Buying a Closed Course." If that was the champagne dreams I am now looking for something more along the lines of a beer budget way to get in.