When most of us think about a job in golf , the range of jobs we consider is limited to club golf professional, assistant golf professional, pro shop sales clerk, starter, ranger or work in the cart barn. Anyone, who has tried his/her hand at these will be forced to admit that these jobs require long hours at the golf course with minimal pay. Besides, they are banal and offer little scope for change.
Although some club professional jobs can be very profitable, the fact that one can have 300 or more bosses (the club members) takes away from its appeal. Besides there are positions as a golf course superintendent and in golf merchandise sales, which provide a comfortable income, but again offer no excitement.
One career that we tend to overlook when searching for employment in the golf arena, is that of the tour caddy. However, with the gradual increase in the popularity of golf, there are immense opportunities to be a tour caddy.
A tour caddy's position is far removed from the normal 9 to 5 job. Work takes them to popular destinations like Maui, Honolulu, Pebble Beach, Palm Springs, and Cancun just to name a few. Their job gives them a chance to view whales playing in the gorgeous blue Pacific waters off Maui, or take in the sight offered by picturesque snow capped mountains. They are in the thick of major sporting events like the Masters, PGA, US, and British Opens. In addition, the earnings are extremely profitable, ranging from $100,000 to $200,000, or even more.
Moreover, An average caddy is required to work about 30 weeks a year. This gives them about 22 weeks of vacation a year during which they are free to do as they fancy. They do not need to settle in any particular city or move to a remote location, they just need fast access to a major airport to facilitate travel. This offers an immense advantage in the job market.
With all these perks and a great salary potential, the position of a tour caddy, has never been more attractive.