Assistant golf professionals help manage their golf course, which can include a range of duties, from ensuring the turf is maintained to keeping supplies in stock. They must also interact with clients, and strong customer service skills are crucial; hospitality experience may also be helpful. Golf courses may use several different computer programs, such as point of sale (POS) systems and tee time programs; familiarity with these programs is needed as well.
Although it is helpful for assistant golf professionals to love golf themselves, at the very least, they must have a strong understanding of the game and its rules and etiquette. The Professional Golf Association, the PGA, offers various certifications for golf players and professionals, and some form of certification is needed for this position (such as PGA's Certification A-8, “Assistant Golf Professional”). A bachelor's degree is not always needed, but businesses may favor candidates with a degree.
Assistant golf professionals report to their manager, typically the head or senior golf professional at the course. They may also have several subordinates, and may need to train these subordinates in golf course etiquette and other duties. The job may include a substantial amount of standing and walking outdoors. Although long-distance travel may be done by golf cart, short and medium distances may need to be walked.
Typical hours for assistant golf professionals vary depending on the course. However, since golfing typically requires daylight, hours generally begin and end earlier than the standard 9-to-5 workday. During the course of a day, assistant golf professionals may interact with customers, help out in the tee shop, supervise other employees, and confer with the head golf professional to ensure everything is running smoothly.
Assistant Golf Professional Tasks
Act as course attendant (or ranger) to keep course organized and stocked as well as monitor pace of play.
Supervise golf play in accordance to club rules.
Coordinate and communicate tee time schedules.
Inspect, maintain cleanliness and ensure adequate supply of golf carts.
Provide club repair and club fitting for customers.