Those who work in the golf industry are said to be the envy of their friends while those fortunate enough to work in the golf industry here in Scotland are the envy of the golf industry.
1. Old Course Caddie
The caddies in St Andrews have the dream ticket. Not only do they ply their trade on the famous turf of the Old Course but they witness firsthand the elation that only a round at The Home of Golf can produce. Let’s not dismiss the financial perks being a caddie on the Old Course brings. Loopers are in high-demand, earning anything between £70-£120 a bag and racking up as many as three rounds a day!
2. A Scottish Tour Operator
Selling Scottish golf trips to golfers around the world isn’t exactly a tough sell but for the established agents, its lucrative business. With Open Championships returning to Scotland every other year, the history and a third of all of the world’s links golf courses, a Scotland golf trip is for many the ultimate in golf travel. I’m lucky to work closely with many of the best golf tour operators in the country including Adventures In Golf in St Andrews and Bonnie Wee Golf in Aberdeen.
3. Starter At North Berwick Golf Club
Those dewy summer Scottish mornings, the loud American humour and the notorious breakfast ball debate make being a first tee starter a lot of fun. In truth, the locality of this job role could be at a number of reputable Scottish links courses but with North Berwick West Links being a personal favourite and with their seaside view and tricky opening tee shot, I challenge you to find a more satisfying place of work during the busy summer months.
4. PDG Helicopter Pilot
Yes, Scottish golf Heli-tours are a thing. When time really means money the super-rich fly between Scotland’s famous links courses in a matter of minutes while enjoying the amazing Scottish landscape from the air. Many of the leading golf tour operators offer this service in partnership with PDG Helicopters.
5. Turnberry Bagpiper
The sound of Scotland breaks the tranquility of the Turnberry Resort every evening as a lone piper plays in front of the hotel, overlooking the famous Ailsa Course and lighthouse. Given the high-end guest and the seductive sound of the bagpipes to any international ears, this job is a dream one for any musical performer playing to a crowd.
“If you love what you do, you haven’t worked a day in your life.”
6. Durness Golf Club Greenkeeper
We all dream of being our own boss and the flexibility that it brings. No boss, no managerial headaches, and no 9-5. Twenty-two year old Ali Morrison is the sole greenkeeper at the stunning Durness Golf Club in the far north of the Scottish mainland. Reporting to less than 100 members, managing just nine holes and with this office view, it’s a dream job for any greenkeeper.
7. Recounter Photographer
Scottish based photographers Recounter are hired to photograph the world’s best players, celebrities and decerning golf travellers at Scotland’s best courses. Their images last year captured memories of a lifetime for clients that included Nial Horan, Gareth Bale and Mark Wahlberg.
8. Dunvegan St Andrews Bartender
Back in St Andrews the comradery, elation and drink flow in golf’s most famous 19th hole. Despite bartenders having to face the daily shot by shot accounts of golfers who concluded their dream rounds minutes prior, the good tips sure make up for it. Bartenders can also head to work rest assured that they won’t miss a shot thanks to golf airing religiously on the multiple TV screens in the bar.
9. Kingsbarns Golf Links Chief Financial Officer
The dream ticket in golf’s financial world is at Kingsbarns Golf Links. After several years of success, establishing itself as one of the top modern links golf courses on the planet, it’s more of the same this summer. Tee times at £240 a round are flying off the shelves. Factor in the modest clubhouse, course and staffing overheads and the staging of their first Major Championship – The Ladies British Open this summer, the Kingsbarns Golf Links success story looks set to continue.
Thanks to Kevin Markham’s Irish Examiner article ‘The 10 Best Jobs In Irish Golf’ which inspired this piece.
If I’ve missed any dream jobs let me know – Twitter @RuMacdonald.