Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:26 AM
Listen, I just turned 26, and I am sure most of you will roll your eyes because I probably would have too at your age. I got serious about golf in my sophmore year of college. Not a great player, but just natural from my 17 years of hockey. I worked at a private course next to Muirfield Village for 3 years, played for free almost whenever I wanted, worked long/late hours and thought I wanted to change path's into the PGM until I looked at the bigger picture and realized you play less golf in that environment but get to watch all the wealthy families play 4,5, maybe 6 times a week. At the same time, you don't start making decent money until you get that head position anyways, which is at least 4-5 years into the program. You can't live off of $11/hour + lesson fees. I won't even get into the healthcare, but you will get bottom of the barrel benefits if you're lucky.
So I graduated with a Hospitality Management degree, thought I'd go work at some fancy resort and live the dream working near the beach...WRONG. Welcome to applying for $30k salaries working 70 hours/week. Instead, I used my 4 year old piece of paper that I earned to get a job in sales for an insurance carrier, have busted my a** for the past 2 years and just landed my first monster sale that made me more than what most people make in a year. I have recently joined a private club and have become a part of what I originally wanted to do...have the freedom to play golf whenever I want and even get to do it during work hours with brokers/clients at my companies expense. Everybody's path is different, but...
...if you're going into golf, do it from the start or don't do it at all. If you are undecided about getting into the PGM program, do it early or you'll be living in your parents basement for many years as you earn your credits while driving a rusted 99 Honda CRX. If you are going to try a few years dabbling at mini tour events and not go get your bachelors, at least start at a community college to get your General Courses taken care of while you play. Just be honest with yourself and look at the end result. I have had friends dabble in PGM, then change paths and go into course architecture/turfgrass management, then have the reality of school loans, car payments, bills, rent, etc and recently just blew his knee out playing a pick-up game of basketball (he has now left school, living with his parents and trying to make ends meet)....it's not so fun when mommy and daddy aren't going to support your "dream" anymore.
Each person takes their own path, I would just prefer to have a tee time set up every Saturday and Sunday morning, play some money games with my group and have a few beers and laughs in the clubhouse afterwards. (and not drive a 99 CRX haha).