As individuals in the golf business we put ourselves through long hours and days off are spent grinding our way around golf courses trying to make a few extra dollars. Also, not all of our tournaments are played in spectacular weather conditions... throw in some rain and wind and a day off turns into a real wash out. It really isn't that easy, and it takes special guys or gals to excel at all three areas of the golf business.
When I first started working in the golf business, at my true home course Southbrook Golf Club, in Binbrook ON (I call it my true home course as that's where I grew up) I concentrated on being a Pro Shop staffer and creating a great golf game. I did each very well, I felt I did a great job helping Brian Hutton run that shop. In the meantime, I played lots of golf and qualified for 5 straight Ontario Match Play Champs., 2 Ontario Amateur Champs., and 1 Canadian Amateur. Once I turned pro and pursued teaching and coaching, I felt my game was being drowned out, I was constantly tired when working in the shop, and my lessons were never ones that really stood out. So I asked myself the question "What do you truly want to do?" Well, I want to keep playing the game at the highest level possible, and help people through all the great things I learn through golf. So working inside, behind the counter had to take a back seat.
As Golf Professionals we have to offer the greatest service possible. If we are run down, stressed out, or truly do not enjoy what we are doing, we have to ask ourselves "What do I truly want to do?" If we don't figure this out, our customers and ourselves will ultimately struggle in the long run. A happy coach/employee/player equals happy customers and family.