Jobs in Golf: Golf Associations
Nov 25, 2014
This is the eighth post in a series exploring careers in the golf industry.
The game of golf involves many professionals – players, groundskeepers, club fitters, manufacturers, salespeople, country club owners, and more. With so many moving parts, it’s essential that professional associations produce standards and keep the game advancing in a positive direction. These golf associations are charged with growth of the game, and are arguably at the heart of golf’s future.
Most golf associations are non-profit organizations. Their business is to provide service rather than increase the bottom line, and they do not generally sell products.
What Kinds of Golf Associations Are There?
On the playing side of the game, there are associations for professional, amateur and recreational golfers. You’ll find golf associations geared at the many demographics of players, as well as those organized by region. Professionally, there are several organizations that serve individuals who work in the golf industry.
Examples of commonly known golf associations include:
- United States Golf Association (USGA), the governing body of golf for the United States and Mexico, is the national association of golf courses, clubs and facilities. It serves as the governing body of American golf.
- Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA), formed in 1901, is a members’ organization representing golf professionals who work in a wide range of careers, from instruction to course architects.
- American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is dedicated to the youths who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.
- Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) is an international association that aims to connect women, helping them learn and play golf, for business or recreation.
Golf associations like these are often led by a president or an executive director. Depending on the size of the organization, it’s common to find several roles reporting to the executive director, including membership, media, marketing, legal, education and administrative positions.
How to Get a Job at a Golf Association
To obtain a position in a golf association, business education and management experience are essential. While the pay is often good, the competition is steep. The people who work for associations are frequently passionate about their work, meaning the turnover is low. To get a foot in the door, many people get started by taking internships, part-time jobs or administrative positions, then slowly work their way up.
Golf Academy of America offers the golf training and business education needed to begin a career working for a golf association. Moreover, alumni are introduced to a vast network of network of fellow graduates and their connections, who can often be the key to getting in the business.
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