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Working at a Private Club - Tips Please?

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Hi very new to this website so I could post this so if it is in the wrong spot I'm sorry. I just got a job today as a locker room staff now it's me and 1 other person we get along well so it's not bad. My duties are like clean everything, fill water on certain tees, laundry, greet members, polish shoes. I only have part time hours and its only a summer position. I really wanna advance and make this a career one day. Any tips! Thanks! (Typed on my iPhone sorry for spelling)
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It sounds like an upscale club.  I play public courses so take this with a grain of salt but I would try to remember the names of the members. You can greet them by their last names until you are told differently by them.  Do your best to remember how they like things done.  Also like any job even if you are having a bad day try to look like you wouldn't want to be anywhere else and of course show up on time and do your best to not show up people that have worked there longer, especially your immediate boss.

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Don't call the members "buddy" "pal". I'd call them Mister, Misses, etc., even if they're younger. Ask them how they played today. Did they get any birdies. Show genuine interest. Don't be obsequious, though.

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Originally Posted by Rick Martin

Don't call the members "buddy" "pal". I'd call them Mister, Misses, etc., even if they're younger. Ask them how they played today. Did they get any birdies. Show genuine interest. Don't be obsequious, though.

Good suggestion here. I would add don't call them by their first name unless they tell you to. So Mr. Soandso, and they may tell you, you can call them John.

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Be polite, great everyone with Mr. or Mrs., pay attention to when members are speaking to you and always ask how their round went today. I can't speak for every country club but where I am member if the members like you it will almost carry as much weight as your boss liking you.

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All good recommendations.....especially Mr/Mrs, and work HARD to remember their names, or at least to give them the impression that you do.

Try to anticipate .  If you know that Mr. Smith likes something, have it for him  before he has to ask for it.  Also, don't forget the kids.  Sometimes that's hard to remember, but treat the kids, as you would the members.

Great experience that will serve you well in any sales/customer service type job/career you might pursue in the future.

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All good pointers - Mr/Mrs. and remember names especially.  Also, pay attention to details - it is the little things that separate good service from great service.  If members are paying/tipping you to clean and polish shoes do a good job (a pet peeve of mine since one club I belonged to the guy did a terrible job).  Be discreet - if you overhear something in the locker room never, ever, ever pass it along (ever!).  Take criticism to heart (unless its the ubiquitous whiny/b*tchy guy who's always griping) - it is usually well intentioned. And, when on your breaks, find a nice out of the way place to take them. Not a good impression when a member comes up to the locker room entrance and sees the attendant (or waiters/waitresses) outside smoking and/or on their phones (that goes for restaurants and retail stores as well!).

Good luck to you and you are off to a good start by asking for input on this!

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Along with all of the above good replies, I would suggest speaking with the Head Pro at the Club.

Indicate to him you are interested in learning the golf business operations and request to preform other duties to learn.

Make it a habit to be thorough and act as a professional, take pride in what you are doing.

Also, keep busy at all times, even if it's just general tasks. Be attentive to members, but try not to be overwhelming.

Smile, Smile, Smile, all the time.......

Believe me, members will talk mostly about two types of club employees. The "good and the bad"

Club Rat

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I worked as a caddy for a few years at a high end club in Chicago.

The tips that I remember as a caddy (that I have carried into my professional career) is to show respect.

Talk to people by looking them in the eye, always greet with a firm and confident handshake, always smile.

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Originally Posted by David in FL

All good recommendations.....especially Mr/Mrs, and work HARD to remember their names, or at least to give them the impression that you do.

Try to anticipate.  If you know that Mr. Smith likes something, have it for him  before he has to ask for it.  Also, don't forget the kids.  Sometimes that's hard to remember, but treat the kids, as you would the members.

Great experience that will serve you well in any sales/customer service type job/career you might pursue in the future.

This is huge. Many clubs are full of retirees and if they bring their grand kids out and you treat them like royalty the members will be beaming because they will be the awesome grandma or grandpa who has the coolest club. Of course it doesn't have to be grand kids. Everyone loves it when you make kids feel special. Even members who don't have their kids there but see you interacting with other kids and taking care of the little ones will remember it.

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If you see trash around the clubhouse and parking lot (outside), pick it up.  The course I play have all kinds of staff members who walk around, but ignore that kind of stuff. Guess they feel that if they didn't put it there, they shouldn't pick it up. Show pride in your organization/club and try to make it the best around - a place people want to come back to. Straighten up the joint, if and when you can.

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Originally Posted by clearwaterms

Talk to people by looking them in the eye, always greet with a firm and confident handshake, always smile.

This is HUGE in all service positions.  I don't care if it's a top scale store, or fast food.

We have a very anonymous society and I'm finding that young employees simply avoid eye contact until they are done with the current task (stocking shelves, helping another customer, etc etc etc).  It FEELS to the customer that the employee thinks you are less important.

They ALL need to be taught to greet any new customer simply -

1 - Smile

2 - Eye contact

3 - Acknowledge they are there:

-- "Hi, I see you just came in, I'm working with Mr. Smith, here, and I'm happy to help to you as soon as we are done."

-- "Hello, sir, welcome to _____, I'm just finishing up stacking these Foot Joys, and I'd glad to help you in a moment"

-- "Hi, how are you?  Just need to load this cash register tape and I help you right away"

It let's the customer know they are important, and you are happy to see them.  And then they are usually happy to wait for you.  In fact, if you can drop the current job (scenarios 2 and 3 up there) do so also and help them right off......

If you avoid eye contact and act like you don't see them, then they get pissed and impatient.

In the first example, It actually will make Mr. Smith more comfortable too, so he doesn't feel like he's inconveniencing the other customer by taking your time.

I saw this again a week ago at a shop.  The clerk was helping one customer and then 4 people came in (I was the first in line of the 4) and she acted like they weren't even there.  The first customer offered to stand aside and let her get those 4 processed.  The clerk actually just looked at her said, "no, it's ok, they can wait" and then nervous grinned at me and glanced briefly at the next person.  The first customer got very uncomfortable and rushed her purchase.  The three customers behind started mumbling at each other.  The clerk was totally oblivious to how she instantly made all 5 of her customers unsatisfied.....  (all she had to do was smile, eye contact, and acknowledge)

it's really simple stuff.  I'm nowhere near an old timer, but even when I was a kid, this stuff was instinctively known to us in our jobs.  I don't know what's happened.

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Originally Posted by Rick Martin

If you see trash around the clubhouse and parking lot (outside), pick it up.  The course I play have all kinds of staff members who walk around, but ignore that kind of stuff. Guess they feel that if they didn't put it there, they shouldn't pick it up. Show pride in your organization/club and try to make it the best around - a place people want to come back to. Straighten up the joint, if and when you can.


members too, darn it

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if you are in the locker room / mens room remember what they drink, how they like things laid out, be responsive but don't try to be a "buddy"... always call them Mr x the fact of the matter is almost all clubs require staff to call members that. i have told several staff memebers over the years to stop but they don't listen! occasionally if no one else is around they will use my first name but it is not often. being nice to the kids or grandkids is HUGE but again keep the professional distance.

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