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Salary for the Golf Manager of a Private Club

by Rick Suttle

Golfers enjoy relaxing at clubhouses after 18 holes -- often referring to them as 19th holes. Private golf club managers run clubhouses -- and sometimes golf courses -- for wealthier patrons who can afford the annual fees. They hire, train and supervise waiters, bartenders and sales clerks, count and order golf clubs, tees, balls and other supplies, and ensure all operations run efficiently. If you want to work as a private golf club manager, you'll probably need a college degree. For your efforts, you can expect to earn a relatively average salary compared to most occupations.

Salary and Qualifications

Private golf club managers earned average annual salaries of $46,000 as of 2103, according to the job site Simply Hired. To work as a private golf club manager, you'd likely need a bachelor's degree in golf management and two or more years of experience managing a golf course and clubhouse. If you also hold the title of superintendent, you may increase your number of employment opportunities by getting certified as a golf superintendent through the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America. Superintendents run all aspects of a golf course. You can become certified as a golf course superintendent by scoring a 67 percent on a written exam sponsored by the GCSAA. Other key qualifications for private golf club managers include supervisory, customer service, organizational and communication skills.

Salary by Region

Average salaries for private golf club managers varied considerably in some U.S. regions in 2013. In the Northeast region, they earned $42,000 to $56,000 per year, respectively, in Maine and Massachusetts, according to Simply Hired. Those in the West earned the highest salaries in Alaska and California and the lowest in Montana -- $56,000 and $42,000, respectively. If you worked in the Midwest, you'd make $36,000 or $49,000, respectively, in South Dakota or Minnesota, which were the lowest and highest salaries in the region. In the South, you'd make the most in Washington, D.C., and the least in Mississippi -- $73,000 or $36,000, respectively.

Contributing Factors

You'd earn a higher salary as a private golf club manager in New York or Washington, D.C., because the cost of living is higher in that state and district. For example, a private golf club manager earning $45,000 in Columbus, Ohio, would need to earn $109,036 to maintain the same living standard, according to CNN Money's cost of living calculator. In Washington, D.C, that same person would have to make $71,411 to enjoy the same living standard. Additionally, you'd likely earn more working for a larger private golf club -- versus a small one -- because of the higher revenue base.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't forecast jobs for private golf club managers. It projects a 15-percent increase in jobs for administrative service managers, who also run the operations of buildings, offices and property. While this rate of growth is relatively average, golf continues to be a popular sport among higher-income professionals -- the primary target customers of private golf clubs. The number of golf club facilities -- and club revenues -- should increase through 2016, according to MarketResearch.com.

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