A $100,000 buys a lot of ugly pants.
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If you’ve been spending more time on the golf course than looking for a new career it might be time for you to take a Mulligan and try to score a golf gig.

But not so fast. Just because you play a decent round of golf with your buddies and win enough cash to buy beers on the 19th hole, doesn’t mean you’ve got the résumé to work in the golfing world.

The golf business is estimated to be a $76 billion-a-year industry providing more than 2 million golf industry jobs. Worldwide potential continues to expand for those who have golf course management degrees and the golf education necessary to pursue golf careers.

If you choose to attend a golf academy in San Diego, you will not be majoring in the actual game of golf- meaning you won’t end up on the pro tour when you graduate, putting with Phil or Tiger.

Nope, a career in golf is more about the business end of a nine-iron. It’s about learning to be golf professional. It’s about managing a facility. Being part of managing the budgeting process. Managing the people.

Charles Sutton of Orange County retired from the Marine Corps and went right to a golf academy to sign up for the course. He attended classes in golf facility operations, turf grass management operations, and introduction to resort, hospitality, and tourism management.

“I want to become a PGA professional and run a resort or a golf pro shop,” said Sutton. “I’ve always loved the game and I was able to attend golf school on the government’s dime. It’s almost too good to be true.”

The chance to be a golf pro on one of the 100 courses from Chula Vista to Oceanside is also appealing. Because sunny skies dominate San Diego, the weather makes San Diego a year-round golf destination.

According to worldgolf.com, the United States had more than 23,000 golf courses and golf clubs in 2009. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of job opportunities in the golf management field is expected to grow faster than the national average for all other jobs through 2016, so a career in golf management looks to be a promising choice for golf enthusiasts.

There are many different jobs in the golf industry for you to choose–from making golf clubs to managing golf courses.

Golf managers are responsible for the operations of a golf course. They are also involved in the teaching and coaching of the game, so you’ll get plenty of time out on the greens. A golf manager should complete a PGA-accredited college golf management program, which can take up to five years to complete. A 16-month internship at a golf course is also beneficial. A typical golf manager’s salary ranges from $68,000 to $82,000 as of 2009- which isn’t bad considering the work environment and the benefits.

If you can’t actually play the game but you have the drive, there are other golf jobs for you including management companies, equipment manufacturers, tournament coordinators, travel companies, publishing organizations, golf associations and more once you have the coursework under your golf-belt.

Besides working on the golf course, you could always work your way up to coaching at a college or university. Golfweek Magazine indicated that the wages for Division I golf coaches far exceeds the national average for all coaches. The men’s golf coach at Georgia Tech earned $164,000 per year, according to the report. The women’s golf coach at Duke earned an annual salary of $92,000. The coaches of both the men’s and women’s golf programs at Purdue earned salaries of $101,000.

That would buy you a lot of ugly golf pants.

For more information about local golf academy’s check out: http://www.usgolfschoolguide.com/san-diego-golf-schools.html

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