5 Post-Military Careers in the Golf Industry
May 15, 2015
If you're an active duty or retired member of the military, you may be considering putting your service training to work in a new career in the civilian world. If golf happens to be your passion, you could have a bright future in the golf industry. Although there are a wide range of career options that allow you to turn your love for the game into a way of making a living, here are our top five golf careers for veterans and retired service men and women.
- Golf Club Pro: Think it's too much of a leap to go pro? You wouldn't be the first veteran to make the transition. Hall of Famer Lee Trevino served in the U.S. Marine Corps before going on to win 29 PGA Tour events and six major titles, then 29 wins and four majors on the Champions Tour. "Champagne" Tony Lema, who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served a combat tour in the Korean War, went on to claim 12 victories, including the 1964 U.S. Open Championship. And the legendary Bobby Jones made the transition twice, serving as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Forces following his Hall of Fame playing career, and then turning the Masters into a major and transforming Augusta National Golf Club into a golf shrine. If you have the drive, you may just need the proper training to take a swing at playing on a tour.
- Golf Course Manager: The discipline and hard work ethic instilled in service men and women make them ideal candidates for a post-military career as a golf course manager. Military graduates from Golf Academy of America have gone on to get jobs as pros at prestigious private clubs and top-100 public courses.
- Golf Instructor: Looking for an opportunity to serve or make a difference is often a key factor in deciding to join the military. It's also why a career as a golf instructor can be the perfect transition from the military to a civilian job. We've seen our former military students go on to find rewarding careers teaching others — including wounded service men and women.
- Golf Course Designer and Architect: This career is perfect for those who aren't afraid of a challenge. A career in golf course design and architecture is ideal for applying vision, drive, and strategic thinking, which are key factors in military leadership roles.
- Golf Retail Manager: A career in golf retail management combines leadership skills honed from military training with a passion for the golf industry. It's an opportunity to have a career in a field you love with the same zero-based training the military uses.
There are educational benefits available to those who are active duty and retired military, such as active duty tuition assistance, military education benefits, and veterans' programs that help you pursue an education and start a new career in the golf industry. Not sure how to get started? A golf college like Golf Academy of America could be the door-opener you need.
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