Assistant golf professionals play vital roles in the effective management of golf course facilities by helping the head golf professionals with every detail. To do so, they must be knowledgeable in all aspects of the course and pro shop, and the sport itself. Most courses require them to be PGA members or to become members. Some large courses even have a second assistant golf professional.
As direct assistants to the head golf professionals, assistant golf professionals help manage all aspects of the facility. They handle many of the daily details, such as opening and closing the pro shop, making sure play runs smoothly, explaining rules and policies to golfers, tracking purchasing and inventory for the shop, balancing accounts, making deposits and filing reports. At membership courses, they may track member play and preferences to ensure customer satisfaction. Assistants also step in when the head professionals aren't available and act on their behalf.
Instruction and Events
Assistant golf professionals are responsible for providing golf instruction to members and players. Assistants schedule and run golf clinics and camps, events and group outings, and supervise the efficient operation of the driving range. Working with the head professionals, they oversee tournaments and determine rules, contests and prizes. They also analyze the efficiency of events to figure out where they can make improvements in the future.
Promotion of Course
Assistant golf professionals help the club's management promote and publicize the course and the sport in general. They help keep members and the public informed of upcoming tournaments, camps, clinics and group events, including initial announcements with pricing and dates as well as updates as events approach. They ensure that members and the public are aware of pro shop services, merchandise availability and specials. Through junior camps and clinics, they help promote the sport among younger players.
Education and Skills Required
Most golf clubs require that assistant golf professionals have at least an associate degree in business management, with a bachelor's degree preferred. Two to three years of previous golf course experience is desired. Candidates with direct experience at a similar type of course have the best chance of landing a job. For example, a municipal course would look for someone with prior experience at a community golf course or parks and recreation department, while an upscale resort would lean toward someone who has worked at a private country club or similar facility.
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