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Before you rip into me, my background: I have worked professionally in the finance world now for over 10 years (currently in Corp 500 world). Certainly, by now, I've learned that's not what I should be doing with my life. 

I am currently looking for opportunities now to be a club fitter or to somehow get into the golf equipment industry in my particular region of the northeast US. I know, golf isn't open year round but I would try to supplement my new golf career during the winter with other side jobs. A huge change from the steady 8 to 8 career I currently live.  

I'm looking for advise. Before saying don't do it, please understand I do enjoy the pay I have now but I'm learning that happiness is much more important but I am also very practical and want to provide for my family. 

How does one get started in the golf industry who is already in his 30's? I'm not above starting at the bottom but should I try to get a club job, try to persuade a club fitting operation to give me a chance, create a blog? I just don't know where to start but I'm reaching a breaking point career rise. 

Thank you all in advance for your comments. Looking forward to read them. 

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I was in the business for 8 years and I got my start by going through a Professional Golf Management Program and then into the PGA.  I would think the best way to go about it is to first look into a PGM program.  I am not sure if you desire to go back to school, but there are online programs available.  These programs will prepare you for the business and will set you apart from others.  Check them out and good luck!!!

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Golf is hard. I would suggest leveraging whatever skills you have gained from your current job as several in the golf industry are actually clueless about finance and how it works. It sounds like you want to be intimately involved with the game itself and not corporate. I would suggest trying to strike a balance. Perhaps try and get a corporate job for a major manufacturer or golf company and then try and find a position that interests you. You may still be pushing numbers around a spreadsheet but hopefully you find it more meaningful. The ultimate goal is to take the first step towards opening doors in the golf industry. Golf fitting and anything related to direct consumer interaction is relatively low paying outside of being a superintendent, pro at larger course, or GM of a club. Going the corporate route may be a little soul sucking but it gives more hope to find decent pay and benefits. Most jobs in golf are just sales jobs, including fitters, pros, and GMs.

If you want to do something interesting, you could try partnering with a financial institution to start a golf club financing company. I hate debt but most Americans crave it. How about a whole new bag of clubs for only $50/month? I'm shocked financing isn't readily available for golf clubs like it is for everything else. When you get a big enough ball of debt, you securitize it, and it gets sold into the vastness of the retail debt market.  

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I have no advise that would be useful to you with the career change, all I can offer is my best wishes to you.

Good luck wherever you go, and I do hope you find happiness on your new path. 

I know that working a job that you enjoy, does not seem like work at all.

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So if are in finance world you are good with .xls and numbers? What about stats? Could you look into something golf related involving statistics? Working at club, course regarding balancing the books, etc ? Just some thoughts. Good luck.

Before you rip into me, my background: I have worked professionally in the finance world now for over 10 years (currently in Corp 500 world). Certainly, by now, I've learned that's not what I should be doing with my life. 
I am currently looking for opportunities now to be a club fitter or to somehow get into the golf equipment industry in my particular region of the northeast US. I know, golf isn't open year round but I would try to supplement my new golf career during the winter with other side jobs. A huge change from the steady 8 to 8 career I currently live.  
I'm looking for advise. Before saying don't do it, please understand I do enjoy the pay I have now but I'm learning that happiness is much more important but I am also very practical and want to provide for my family. 
How does one get started in the golf industry who is already in his 30's? I'm not above starting at the bottom but should I try to get a club job, try to persuade a club fitting operation to give me a chance, create a blog? I just don't know where to start but I'm reaching a breaking point career rise. 
Thank you all in advance for your comments. Looking forward to read them. 


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I hate to discourage you but the golf industry in general does not pay well. Assistant pros make 25 to 35k a year. Golf pro makes 25 to 45k (Not including money from giving lessons or percentage of profits from pro shop merchandise sales).  Club fitter at box store $15.00 per hour. Club fitter at Club Champion 37k a year. I know an accountant for a Country Club (my wife), trust me they dont get paid well either. If you noticed most starters and course rangers are retired  from their original job but doing it for some extra income and free golf on Mondays.

Having a golf management degree will help. The school possibly would help you in finding a placement. But you will be moving. 

There are exceptions for sure. A very high end course can pay you $400k as a pro. But there are thousands of people trying to land those jobs. For the most part its a who you know at that level.

I wanted to get into golf in a way also. I wanted to open up a sports complex. Batting cages, mini golf, driving range, golf simulators, adult putting course and a beach volleyball court. Even had a designer involved and went to the towns economic development planning committee. I was looking for investors and the red tape was just to much. They also wanted me to put up 100k first. So I never went down that road. Great idea if I was wealthy. If I had 100k I wouldn't have had to go there in the first place. 

Do some serious investigation before you jump in with both feet. I wish you luck.

 

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If you have a job that you love you will not work a day in your life. Life is too short to work at a job you are not happy doing. If you have the ability to work at a job that does not pay as much but brings you great enjoyment doing what you want to do I would do it in a NY minute. I spent 30 years working at jobs I was not happy with and as soon as I had enough money I retired and that was 30 years ago. 

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I do not have any advice either but to make sure that this would be something worth changing for, obviously sounds more mental for you which is huge. 

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I don't have advice other than keep searching and don't give up if you're serious about it! 

I was working in insurance out of college, then a couple years later took the PAT and passed, planning on going the PGM route. Then within the next 1.5 years I fell in love, got married, and had a kid, and decided I couldn't support my family in the way I wanted to, at least in the short term, working my way up through the golf ranks.  Would have probably been an assistant pro w/ long hours, and was given some advice discouraging this.  Looking back, I wish I would have gotten in while I had the chance.  

I'm 37 now, and have probably made a bit more money than I would have in golf, but I've also played a lot less.  The kids are getting old enough where I can get out and play a bit  more and occasionally take them with me, but being at a desk for hours a day and playing twice a month is not what I dreamed of when I was a kid. I'm still trying to figure out my career niche, golf or otherwise, where I could play more and possibly work in golf.  You may have to start something on the side while the finance pays the bills til you are able to do it full time.

There are thousands of blogs, youtube channels and podcasts, ranging from equipment, fitness, architecture, tour coverage, instruction, history, etc.  You could work at a course, or for a manufacturer, or create a training aid, or become an agronomist.  You can search https://golfjobs.com/ or even Linkedin

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Seeing as you're from Rochester I'm going to tag good friend @bens197 who is also from Rochester to potentially offer you some specific advise for the region as he worked in the industry for a bit out of college where he played D-II golf.

Admittedly, I think a good piece of advice in this is to maybe start out small, at a local pro shop or even a chain store to just get a feel for selling equipment and start to make those connections with people in and around the game in your area.

SUNY Delhi, 3.5 hours from you does have a PMG program, the only one in the SUNY system, and as they claim, the only one in the northeast, but I don't think you wanna relocate for 4 years to get that degree and there doesn't look to be a distance option.

Sadly, that's about the best I can tell you. I wish you were closer to Syracuse so that way I could offer some more advice as to our region, especially with potential opportunities at like Turning Stone Resort and their courses as they are always looking for help.

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18 minutes ago, Berg Ryman said:

Seeing as you're from Rochester I'm going to tag good friend @bens197 who is also from Rochester to potentially offer you some specific advise for the region as he worked in the industry for a bit out of college where he played D-II golf.

Admittedly, I think a good piece of advice in this is to maybe start out small, at a local pro shop or even a chain store to just get a feel for selling equipment and start to make those connections with people in and around the game in your area.

SUNY Delhi, 3.5 hours from you does have a PMG program, the only one in the SUNY system, and as they claim, the only one in the northeast, but I don't think you wanna relocate for 4 years to get that degree and there doesn't look to be a distance option.

Sadly, that's about the best I can tell you. I wish you were closer to Syracuse so that way I could offer some more advice as to our region, especially with potential opportunities at like Turning Stone Resort and their courses as they are always looking for help.

Thanks RB...Michael, PM me and I will give you the playbook.

I currently live in Rochester and work as a Fireman.  I have 14 years in the golf business and worked pretty much every single job you could imagine from my teens into my 20's.  I  finished up my time with three full years (not winter seasons) as a 1st Assistant Professional at a busy and top tier private club in Jupiter, Northern Palm Beach County, Florida. 

 

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Career change?:

 

Yes... unemployed for almost a year. If I was closer to retirement age, it would be a no brainer. Unfortunately, I have another 4 years at the minimum to work. If I say more, it will get political, so..............................................

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I was always afraid to change careers, apparently this all comes from childhood, my father worked all his life at an hated job. Now I take it easier because there are convenient sites for finding a job and you enter the data you need and you can find a suitable vacancy. Over the past few years, I have changed 3 different industries and have never regretted it.

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