Golf course managers take care of the business end of the golf course.
They're responsible for budgets, hiring, personnel supervision, strategic
planning, marketing and overseeing the general operation of the facility.
They may also oversee food and beverage services.
Wayne Schweitzer is the coordinator of a golf club management and operations
program. "Normally, the general manager is in charge of the business side
of the operation. The pro looks after lessons, tournaments, [and] the shop.
Often, the pro reports to a greens committee, and the club manager reports
to another committee. The golf superintendent is in charge of everything that
is green, everything that grows. In smaller golf courses, one person might
do it all!"
Managers are employed in public golf courses, at private clubs or at resort
courses. Some private facilities are owner-managed. Managers aren't required
to be golfers themselves, although many are. All certified professionals must
pass a skill competency test to qualify.