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Career Story: Assistant Manager Of A Golf Club

Assistant Manager Of A Golf Club

Job Title: Assistant Manager Of A Golf Club

Type of Company: I work for a private golf club in northeastern Massachusetts.

Education: none

Previous Experience: I worked my way up through the ranks until I landed my current position as an assistant manager. I began working for my current employer as a teenager. There were plenty of opportunities for young people at the golf club. Summertime work included being a caddy, working in the kitchen, helping the grounds crew, etc.

Job Tasks: At a small club like mine, there are only a handful of full-time employees: the golf pro, who is also the general manager, a couple of full-time bartenders, and a grounds keeper and a couple of his assistants. The rest of the staff is seasonal. Therefore, my responsibilities range from fixing a leaky toilet in the women's locker room to overseeing the bartending staff to setting up for a tournament. During the off-season, our function hall is mostly open for events like weddings and showers, so I spend most of my time in the winter setting up for functions and overseeing the bar staff. The members' clubhouse is open, but it's generally not busy. This is the time of year we get projects done around the clubhouse.

Golf season is a totally different story. Starting in April, the kitchen staff is back and the snackbar is open, our part-time bartenders start working again, our grounds keeper rehires his seasonal employees, and the golf pro hires young people to help in the pro shop. For me, golf season means a million projects each day, from fixing leaks to setting up for a tournament. I'm often asked to help with problems in the kitchen or around one of our two bars. I might have to work in the pro shop or take care of a function. Generally, I'm not involved with the golf course itself, as we have a grounds crew for that work.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I love working with my hands and having the opportunity to mix with people all day, every day. The long hours during the summer are difficult, though, especially if you have a family (and taking summertime vacations is nearly impossible). Wintertime offers an opportunity to rest, too. I can take a couple of days here and there to spend with my family or get projects done around my own house.

Job Tips:
1. If I had known that I would one day make a career of running a golf club, then I would have gone to school. I enjoy cooking, and I think that a degree from a culinary school would have benefited me, since much of what I do involves the kitchen, dealing with caterers for events, etc.

2. Take care of yourself. This is a job that requires a lot of energy, especially during the golf season, when it is hot and you're running around getting things set up for a tournament.

3. Get involved at a young age. There are lots of opportunities for young people to get summer jobs at golf clubs. This gives you the opportunity to get to know what goes on behind the scenes at a golf club and maybe opens a door for a future career.

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