Originally Posted by Anpe
Okay, this is the case.
I'm 42 and have played golf for one season, in this season I've gotten down to a 9 hcp. I've been offered a great settlement from my employer and I'm thinking that maybe i should start a new career in golf.
I'm not sure what direction to go though, club pro? (I've been a university teacher for eleven years) club maker, player... well
Any Ideas folks?
The big boom in golf course expansion seems to have come to a grinding halt, so there may be more club pros and retiring mini-tour players looking for a permanent home than there are new openings.
If you are a good teacher and have a real understanding of swing mechanics and a knack for communication that in ways that work for lots of different people you might make a living as a teaching pro if you can find an assistant pro slot. But from watching my local pro, I bet the job is pretty boring really. You'll get a few real dedicated golfers that listen, practice and improve, but you will get a steady stream of people that haven't got a clue or the motivation of a freshman taking a pre-req course they don't understand the need for. And please don't take offense, but there is a lot more sucking up to customers than a university professor is likely used to.
If I had tenure, I'd think twice about letting them buy me out.. Does your university have a golf program? Maybe you could try coaching a bit first to get your feet wet. They would probably take you on a volunteer basis and be glad of the help.