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Career Story: Starter At A Public Golf Course

Starter At A Public Golf Course

Job Title: Golf Club Starter

Type of Company: A public links.

Education: associates degree from a college

Previous Experience: I'm a retired firefighter who needed something to do. So I went to work at a golf course.

Job Tasks: My duties include checking all golfers to be sure they've paid their greens fees. I am responsible for taking care of the golf carts, setting them out in the morning and seeing that they are put in the garage at the end of the day. If management needs me to do anything else I'm available to do whatever is necessary.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is meeting the players and being out in the good weather. I also get to play golf without having to pay the fees, and I get to use a golf cart for free. The worst part also relates to the people, some of whom are not willing to follow the rules. The other bad part is being out in rain and windy weather. There are some players who play into the darkness. I have to wait for them in order to put their carts in the garage.

Job Tips: This job would be a good idea for someone interested in a golfing career. They would learn how a golf course is run. Future jobs could include greens keeper, pro shop manager and possibly even golf pro. Depending on where you live this could be a full-time job, but in my area the golf season runs from late spring to early fall. A greens keeper would have to have schooling on how to keep the grass growing properly, how to apply chemicals, the best ways to water, different methods of cutting the grass for the green as opposed to the fairways... different heights for the fairway and rough. The pro shop would require management and sales skills.

Additional Thoughts: The most important thing you need to do my job is to be a "people person". It requires patience since some of the players who do not wish to follow the rules can be difficult to handle. Management can be very helpful, which is the case where I am employed, or they could be demanding

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