I was talking with people about last week’s GNN Poll. If you recall, the question was “If you had the benefit of what you know now at the beginning of your career, would you still have gotten into the golf industry?”
At the time, the results were about 60-40 in favour of yes, they would stay in the golf industry, although I see the latest results at 66-34. I thought it would be more like 80-20 and when I saw the actual numbers, I went `Wow!’
I’m not a “grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” guy and I love being in the golf industry. Mind you, I’ve been blessed and my family has been blessed by my being in the golf industry.
I’ve met many of my best friends through the golf business. I’ve played great golf courses, traveled the world and worked at world-class golf facilities.
Maybe, some people think it taints me because I’ve worked at places such as Angus Glen and Coppinwood, but I started at Seaton Golf and Country Club and worked there for 14 years and even back then, the grass wasn’t always greener outside of golf.
I wasn’t making a lot of money. I was working a lot of hours and took pride in my work ethic. Some of my fondest memories came from there.
Some people may point out that I have worked at Coppinwood and Angus Glen and say, `Why wouldn’t you want to be in the golf business?’ but when I worked at Seaton, I loved it every day and that still stands no matter what golf course employs me. There’s not a day that goes by when I wake up and don’t want to go to work.
When I worked at Seaton, I worked with a lot of great people and met a lot of great people and members. I loved it then and I love it now.
I could understand the 80-20 split in the poll numbers because people might have lost their jobs or might be under economic challenges, but 60-40?
Whether you’re a sales rep or a greenskeeper or own a golf shop, there are a lot of great people in the golf industry. I’ve got friends from every walk of life in the golf business and wouldn’t have it any other way.