Jump to content

Recommended Posts

  • Replies 17
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

I don't work in golf, but I have a number of friends who have over the years. Most have moved on to other careers because they realized that working in the golf industry leaves very, very little time

@BNGL   He can shed some light on the greenskeeping side as well as maybe point you in the direction of careers that support the golf industry while not being directly tied to a single cours

I'm an engineer in my day job and homebrew as a hobby.    As such, because I'm actually pretty decent at brewing (been doing it since 2006), I commonly get people asking me if I've ever thou

I don't work in golf, but I have a number of friends who have over the years. Most have moved on to other careers because they realized that working in the golf industry leaves very, very little time to actually get to play golf. 

 

A few were club pros or teaching pros so when the course was open they were working (5-6 days a week minimum) not playing golf. Another was in sales for a large OEM. He spent 90% of his time either at demo days on various course's ranges or travelling to said courses. I remember him saying once that he spent 53 out of 60 days at golf courses over a two month stretch and only got to play one time. 

 

Of course there are always exceptions, but if you enjoy playing it might be best to stick to accounting/finance. Maybe you could find something in golf that still allows you to use your CPA?

 

 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, jmo15 said:

Anyone work in golf mind sharing what they do? I am currently a CPA and always been interested in working in the golf industry. Whether it a be full time or a side gig. Let me know!

jmo15 A good topic here.  From 2006-2014 I worked in the golf industry, both daily fee and private.  There are a lot of potential benefits to it such as free golf almost anywhere via the pga and private club member connections, free clubs, free clothes, travel opportunities.  Significant considerations however would be the time commitment, potentially low income, choosing between playing golf and having a social life.  When I was in my final season I was a Level 1 apprentice at a corporate owned 36-hole private country club, I worked 6-7 days a week and 70-80 hours during peak season.  Being married with kids I made the decision to get into sales and haven't looked back.  I've known a lot of PGA guys who end up divorced, alcoholics, and several other bad situations.  It can be a very rewarding profession, but I would just advise caution.  Maybe get a part time job with outside service to get some free golf somewhere?

  • Like 1

Driver: Titleist TS4

3 Metal: Nike SQ Tour

2-PW: Macgregor JNP Forged

SW/LW: Titleist Vokey SM4 C-C

Putter: Mitchell

Ball: Pro-V1x Yellow

Link to post
Share on other sites

Similar, yet different. I am a software engineer who likes to play video games. I learned early in my career that working for a game company is the easiest way to kill my love of video games.

 

My guess (and based on others responses) is golf would be the same deal. It sounds awesome, but in reality, it would kill my enjoyment.

  • Like 1

Taylormade M3 driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade M4 19* Hybrid 

Taylormade GAPR Mid 21* Hybrid

KZG Forged 2-M cavity back 4-6 

KZG Forged Blade 7-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Tour "Percision" [sic] Milled TP-M5 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

Link to post
Share on other sites

@BNGL

 

He can shed some light on the greenskeeping side as well as maybe point you in the direction of careers that support the golf industry while not being directly tied to a single course (I am thinking equipment and chemicals or construction).

 

I took a golf course management class in college that was offered as a part of the turf program.  I was not following the turf degree path but needed an elective course and was interested in golf obviously.  Great class where I learned a lot.  Wish I had been a better student at that time in my college career and applied myself more to it and got even more out of it.

 

If you are currently a CPA you could definitely get over into the club management side of things.  The business side.  To dip your toe in, maybe solicit courses around you to do their books.  That might give you an idea if that side of things interests you.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
14 hours ago, jmo15 said:

Anyone work in golf mind sharing what they do? I am currently a CPA and always been interested in working in the golf industry. Whether it a be full time or a side gig. Let me know!

As @smashdn said if you are a CPA now you can easily (should be able to) find a gig working for a club or management company in that capacity. One of my better friends job title comptroller, and that was a high level private club in the Jupiter Florida area. You would be surprised at how much accounting goes on at golf clubs, especially bigger ones. 

 

As far as looking to play golf, it irritates me to no end hearing people say you never have time never have time never have time, just up and down about it. The hours can be long sure, especially in season, but there is time IF you make the time. But you know there's opportunity cost to everything, If I golf after work then I am away from home/the wife/the kids for 15-16 hours or won't be able to watch the game or whatever. If you make the time the opportunities to play are there, they might not be in the beginning, as you would just be starting out but in what industry are you just starting and able to take advantage of the work perks and not busting your tail to make it?!? 

 

Golf is about an 84 billion dollar industry, not all of us are pros or even golfers, there's chefs, masseuses, accountants, HR reps, custodial, event planners, club managers, facilities managers etc etc. 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I went back to college in my 30s, and got a Turf degree. I was working as an assistant super, and I could play as much golf as I wanted. In the summer, when we had to spend a lot of time watching the greens, I didn't play much. There were some tough days, but I loved working at the course. I took a good pay cut, but I looked forward to going to work everyday. 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, lefthack said:

Similar, yet different. I am a software engineer who likes to play video games. I learned early in my career that working for a game company is the easiest way to kill my love of video games.

 

My guess (and based on others responses) is golf would be the same deal. It sounds awesome, but in reality, it would kill my enjoyment.

Yes that makes sense. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, lefthack said:

Similar, yet different. I am a software engineer who likes to play video games. I learned early in my career that working for a game company is the easiest way to kill my love of video games.

 

My guess (and based on others responses) is golf would be the same deal. It sounds awesome, but in reality, it would kill my enjoyment.

 

I worked in many different parts of the golf industry growing up, burn out is a thing in almost every aspect. If you're gung-ho on the industry, I'd suggest being a tech rep for a major OEM or apparel company and work your way up. Its one of the few jobs that gives a reasonably comfortable level of income and allows you to be in the industry. Great club pro jobs are few and far between. Caddying doesn't give you great benefits because most are independent contractors and pretty much everything else is substandard from an economics perspective. Also, I'd like to reiterate that you don't play a lot of golf in the industry. Your weekends are busy and the best days are typically work days. 

Callaway - Epic Subzero 9* Oban Kiyoshi White 68g 04

TEE - CB Pro Limited 16.5*  Oban Kiyoshi White 74g 04

TEE - CB Pro U 19* Paderson KINETIXX TS Hybrid 80

Miura - Baby Blades 4 - PW KBS Tour Black 120s

Vokey - SM7 52* 56* 60* KBS Tour Black 120s

Ping - PLD Prime Tyne 35"

Grips- Iomic Sticky 2.3 .60

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm an engineer in my day job and homebrew as a hobby. 

 

As such, because I'm actually pretty decent at brewing (been doing it since 2006), I commonly get people asking me if I've ever thought about opening my own brewery. 

 

Hmm... Give up a cushy office job that pays me damn well so I can work long hours, backbreaking labor, high stress of running a business, and low pay at a job that will probably kill any enjoyment I have of the hobby? Uhh... No. 

 

I don't know what CPAs make, but I understand it's a pretty good living... This is where I'd say to be a CPA and hit the golf course on the weekends lol...

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, jmo15 said:

Yes that makes sense. 

 

I only worked for a year at a course as a basic laborer. Cut the grass, rake the sand, take orders, etc. Had a great boss in a great environment and suffered zero burnout.

 

The tasks were easy enough, the money wasn't but it was better than being unemployed, and my single greatest expense after rent, green fees, were completely eliminated. i was basically treated as a member. In the long summer evenings I could fit a round in after my shift and play to hole locations I had set a few hours before.

 

Would it have gotten old of it had continued? Maybe, but I'm really glad I did it. 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
16 minutes ago, betarhoalphadelta said:

I'm an engineer in my day job and homebrew as a hobby. 

 

As such, because I'm actually pretty decent at brewing (been doing it since 2006), I commonly get people asking me if I've ever thought about opening my own brewery. 

 

Hmm... Give up a cushy office job that pays me damn well so I can work long hours, backbreaking labor, high stress of running a business, and low pay at a job that will probably kill any enjoyment I have of the hobby? Uhh... No. 

 

I don't know what CPAs make, but I understand it's a pretty good living... This is where I'd say to be a CPA and hit the golf course on the weekends lol...

Haha!! Thanks to the people of GolfWRX for always setting me straight. Right now working from home so been able to hit the range at lunch. Headed to the course right at 5 to get in 9 holes. And weekends get to play full rounds. Hopefully this work from home thing is permanent!

Link to post
Share on other sites

@BNGL I can accept the outside viewpoint of "if you want to you will make time".  As a young single guy with no commitments, the golf "service" industry is really ideal.  I would routinely be at the club from sun-up working and then play golf after, I didn't mind getting $10/hr because I got a lot of freebies.  The most important statement I learned during my time in the golf industry is "There are professional golfers, and there are golf professionals".  As a golf professional your primary duty is to the person signing your check to make them money.  I mean if you don't provide a positive net value to the owner or corporation you won't have a paycheck from them anymore.  A club professional isn't paid by the course they work for to play golf, so I learned very quickly that actually playing golf is literally at the bottom of the totem pole.  I was paid to work and provide profitable service to the company (club) I worked for, they don't care how much golf I actually played.  Their concern was how effective I was at filling the tee sheet, running events, selling inventory, etc.  They could care less if I was a +2 or 30 hdcp.  Think of this too, the only golfing requirement for a PGA professional is to pass a basic PAT (playing ability test) during the course of working towards Class A membership.  After that, you would literally never have to play another round of golf again because it doesn't affect how well you serve a club and add to their bottom line.

  • Like 1

Driver: Titleist TS4

3 Metal: Nike SQ Tour

2-PW: Macgregor JNP Forged

SW/LW: Titleist Vokey SM4 C-C

Putter: Mitchell

Ball: Pro-V1x Yellow

Link to post
Share on other sites

I browse here from time to time... https://employment.acushnetgolf.com/

OP: They're looking for a State Income Tax manager.... You said you're a CPA, right? 😉

 

 

Edited by Imp

Callaway Mavrik 9* Fujikura Pro2.0 6.5 / Callaway Rogue 3W / Srixon ZX5 Irons / Vokey SM8 50*, 56*, Callaway, 64*, Balls by Snell.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Our picks

    • Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Discussion and Links
      Please put any question or comments here.
       
      Links to the galleries...
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #1
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #2
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #3
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #4
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #5
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #6
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #7
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #8
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #9
       
      Adam Svensson with new model of Puma golf shoes - 2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry)
       


       
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #1
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #2
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #3
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #4
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #5
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #6
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #7
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #8
      2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry) - Tuesday #9
       
      Adam Svensson with new model of Puma golf shoes - 2021 Wichita Open (Korn Ferry)
       

       
        • Like
      • 4 replies
    • 2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Discussion and Links
      Please put any questions or comments here
       
       

       
      2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Tuesday #1
      2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Tuesday #2
      2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Tuesday #3
      2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Tuesday #4
      2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Tuesday #5
      2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree - Tuesday #6
       
       

       
       
      Bryson Nimmer's Bettinardi putter - 2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree
      Dustin Johnson's got the putter try-outs going on - 2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree
      Scotty Cameron putters - 2021 Palmetto Championship @ Congaree
       
       
       
       
        • Like
      • 35 replies
    • 2021 Memorial - Discussion & Links
      Please put any questions or comments here
       
       
       
       

       
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #1
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #2
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #3
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #4
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #5
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #6
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #7
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #8
      2021 Memorial - Tuesday #9
       
       
       

       
       
       

       
      Piretti putter & cover for Hideki - 2021 Memorial
      Odyssey putters - 2021 Memorial
      New Odyssey (play like a kid) putter over - 2021 Memorial
      Bettinardi putters & covers - 2021 Memorial
      Ben An's Cameron putter - 2021 Memorial
       
       
      • 27 replies
    • 2021 Charles Schwab Challenge  - Discussion & Links
      Please put any questions or comments here
       
       

       
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #1
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #2
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #3
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #4
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #5
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #6
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge - Tuesday #7
       
       

       
      2021 Charles Schwab Challenge winner will get this Power wagon
      Eric Compton testing Axis 1 putter - 2021 Charles Schwab Challenge
      Cameron putter and new cover - 2021 Charles Schwab Challenge
       
       
      • 7 replies
    • Phil Mickelson Winning WITB from the 2021 PGA Championship
      Phil Mickelson's Winning What's In The Bag? 
       
      Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond (6 degrees @5.5 , green dot cog) Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (47.9 inches)
      2-wood: TaylorMade “Original One” Mini Driver (11.5 degrees) Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X
      4-wood: (Sunday only): Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (16.5 degrees) Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X
      Irons: Callaway X Forged UT (16) (Thursday-Saturday), Callaway X21 UT Proto (19 degrees @20.5, 25), Callaway Apex MB ‘21 (small groove) (6-PW) Shafts- 16* MCA MMT 105 TX, KBS Tour V 125 S+
      Wedges: Callaway PM Grind ’19 “Raw” ([email protected]*, 55-12*, 60-10*) Shafts: KBS Tour V 125 S+
      Putter: Odyssey Milled Blade “Phil Mickelson” SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour
      Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X (Triple Track)
      Grips: Golf Pride MCC
       
      Link to more pics on the front-page... https://www.golfwrx.com/654804/phil-mickelson-witb-2021-may-pga-championship/
       

       
       
        • Thanks
        • Like
      • 86 replies

×
×
  • Create New...