The Versatility of Golf Jobs

By: Andy West

Golf jobs are a far encompassing career choice that can range from the entry-level caddy to the CEO of a sporting goods merchandiser. The one thing they all have in common is a passion for the game. Golf is a sport that has a universal appeal and attracts people from all walks of life. However, not everyone can or even wants to be the next Tiger Woods.

Golf is such that even while times change and aspects of the industry go through various evolutions, the game relatively remains the same. As golf has become a billion dollar industry, it has spun some very lucrative and versatile job options. Fortunately, these are jobs that not only prove to be quite stable but relevant and dependable.

A career in golf can be as small or as vast as one chooses. Depending on the choice, many have found it is a great side job, perfect for the retiree. For the go-getter who looks to create their life's work in the industry, establishing themselves will obviously take some effort; however with a well-established industry like golf, there are fewer worries in the long run.

Aside from being a great way to earn an income just from taking part in a beloved pastime, golf jobs offer the chance for one to put their other skills into play. A love of working outdoors is obviously a perfect trait for a greens keeper, while management skills and a fondness for order are great traits for running a golf course itself.

The right type of career in golf will clearly depend on the individual. While some like to be in the thick of it all, others may prefer dealing with the logistics of the industry. There are some individuals who have gotten creative and made their living by developing personal services and items that cater expressly to the taste of a golf enthusiast.

What would have seemed ludicrous maybe ten years ago are very real golf jobs thanks to those who wanted to find a way to work in the golf industry and did so through ingenuity and resourcefulness. Many in the workforce are ditching their career options in favor of a vocation that will combine their skills with their passion. Nowhere is there a better example of this in the number of golf jobs that have arisen over the years.

Because the golf industry is so multifaceted, some may not even notice that besides sporting goods and services, golf courses, players and even equipment suppliers need the help of good PR people from time to time. Without a good public relations manager, all the latest news, products, services and events would go unnoticed. The good PR person not only knows every aspect of the industry, they know just when and how to effectively get the word out.

Those who enjoy getting their hands dirty with the game so to speak can often find their jobs locally or by looking through the newspaper for jobs. As times would have it, even the Internet offers the opportunity for jobs in the world of golf as either a sports writer or the ever-popular blog writer. This still allows those who have a passion for the game to use their skills to reach other golf enthusiasts.

When it comes to the flexibility of golf jobs, it is even possible to start out as a caddy and work through the various vocations as time goes on. The one who works in and among the players and steadily works their way up will truly have a well-rounded perspective of not only the game but the entire industry.

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