Golf Academy of America graduate David Hronek, who earned a position in the 2014 tournament, started working on his golf came early, heading out to the driving range with his father when he was five. As he got older, Hronek joined his grandfather on the course. Golf was family time, and ...
There are two main paths to pursuing a career in golf facility management: as a General Manager (GM) or through a management company. The GM has an all-encompassing responsibility for clubs that are municipal, equity-owned or individually operated as a ...
So the golf industry is pretty narrow, right? You’re either one of the select few people in the world who can hit a golf ball 330 yards in the right direction or you work at a golf course. Wrong! Actually there are a wide variety of golf careers that are behind the scenes. One job in particular is essential to helping those pros hit the ball so well. Without professional club fitters, pros could not finely tune their games to the level they expect.
The realm of golf manufacturing is a wide one. Consumers need balls and clubs (hard goods) along with apparel, gloves and golf bags (soft goods) in order to play the game, not to mention all the equipment courses must maintain. From golf carts to ball washers and scheduling software, it takes a lot to keep golf facilities running smoothly.
A trip to the PGA Expo, held in Orlando each January, reveals the wide extent of the manufacturing sector. Within this field, it’s possible to make a career as a product designer, or more commonly, in the sales arena.
Whether it’s The Masters, a state championship or a relaxed fundraiser, golf tournaments are big business. Consequently, tour management and event planning can be a solid place to build a golf career.
Let’s start with the pros. Televised golf has increased the number of golf fans and players. USGA Championships, PGA and LPGA tour events are massive in scope. As many as 40,000 fans come out to watch the pros play at a tournament, while millions more tune in from home. It’s fair to say that smoothly run events are vital to the growth of the game.
Our students are proud to go to Golf Academy, because each day is another day of awesome. Let’s take a quick look at a day in the life of a “normal” college student compared with a day in the life of a Golf Academy student. For the purposes of this comparison, we’ll refer to them as normal student and awesome student.
You’re a purist, the kind of golfer who wants to be participating in the game you love. The business of a golf course isn’t nearly as attractive as time on the greens. If you’re a people person who likes hands-on work, perhaps a career as a Golf Instructor is right for you.
While Golf Professionals are qualified to teach the game, they often focus on managing a golf facility. Golf Instructors, on the other hand, devote their time solely to teaching. You’ll find Instructors at just about any golf facility, including public and private courses, driving ranges and businesses that specialize in golf lessons. For cost reasons, instructors at municipal courses are often independent contractors, giving them great scheduling flexibility.
The days of showing up to the golf course wearing baggy cargo shorts and a pique polo are long gone. It’s no longer good enough to show up at the course simply ready to play. You have to be ready to play and ready to say, in the words of Will Smith, “I make this look good.” For today’s golfer, style is another essential component to the game. Certainly marketing is a huge part of the fashion culture of golf. All of the big brands have their showcase stars. Nike has Tiger and Rory. Adidas has Sergio. Puma has Rickie. But the competition of these and other brands is actually good for the amateur golfer as well. Each golf season, most brands are developing lighter fabrics, more comfortable golf shoes, and yes, wilder colors to be worn on the course. While a highlighter yellow shirt with Carolina blue plaid pants may not be for everyone, innovation and a little fun from golf brands make the game better for all of us. Here’s a look at some fashion-forward trends in the golf world:
This is the first post in a series exploring professional paths in the golf industry.
You might think of a golf professional as someone who plays the sport for a living. While that can be true, the title of “Golf Professional” isn’t limited to sponsored athletes on the PGA and LPGA tours. More often, Golf Professionals are found working hard at courses around the world, keeping their establishments running smoothly.
The inevitable storm is about to begin, so we might as well face it head on. We're not talking about the wind and rain that always loom as a part of the forecast at The Open Championship. It's not the debate as to whether the major tournament itself should be called The Open Championship or The British Open. No, the huge debate that will be starting any day now revolves around the polarizing subject known as Tiger Woods. Assuming Tiger is in the field at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England from July 17 – July 20, the endless questions will begin. Will he win another major? Will he catch Jack Nicklaus? Will he challenge on the weekend during this major?