To answer a recent poll about whether we would recommend the golf industry to young people who may be interested in getting into it as a career, the first thing I would say is that it happens all the time.
Recently, I received an e-mail from a gentleman who has been a junior member here at Cottonwood for years. He’s talked about it as a career over the last couple of years and wanted my take on it and so do his parents.
I think you just have to be quite honest with them, let them know what’s required, what they need as far as education and what they need to complete certifications among other important considerations.
The most important message I can give them is to make sure they get their education and to make sure they’re diversified. Golf may not be something they do for the rest of their lives and they need options.
So, to answer the question specifically, would I recommend this industry to people right now? You bet I would if they feel it’s right for them after doing their research into it.
I always tell people if you really want to do this, if you love what you do, that’s half the battle. There are so many people in this world who go to work every day and hate going there.
This industry is not only based on commitment, it’s based on passion.
The one thing we have at the end of the day is that recreation is always going to be important. People are going to make different choices. They might pick just one because of the economy and their kids might pick one or two and that will always exist.
All you can do with somebody wanting to get into the industry is lay it out honestly and let them make their own decisions. I’m not going to sit here and tell them that they need to do this and they need to do that.
I’m going to say, here are your options – the decision is yours to make.
That was the advice that I was always given by my parents, who told me that you’re only as good as your best backup, so get your education and decide the positives and negatives before making a firm career choice.
In doing that, you’ve got to decide what’s important to you. Do you want to be a millionaire? People need to put a personal value on time, happiness and the rewards that come with your choice,
When I go to work, there are all kinds of challenges each day, but personally, I would rather be doing it here than in a cubicle downtown.
If a member comes in after breaking 90 for the first time or a new member says this is the best place or somebody says it’s just such a great day out there, that’s the stuff that keeps you going in the golf industry.
It takes a certain type of person to work in the golf industry. It’s not for everyone. Summer is a long haul and you don’t get to go to the cottage for a week, but you have to look at the rewards you do get.
The people who have stayed in the industry for a long time have done it for a reason. It’s because they value what they get out of it and it’s different for each person.