Directors of golf are paid well, and deservedly so. The job involves responsibility for all elements of a golf facility's operation, which, according to the PGA of America, can include the range and teaching operations as well as the golf shop and the course. Directors face a challenging, competitive environment to support and grow the game at a facility.
It's not mandatory that a director of golf is a trained PGA professional, but directors normally come from those ranks. Because a director of golf occupies a senior management job, it helps to have worked as a head pro to gain experience in golf operations and build ongoing business and golf training that the PGA requires of its membership.
The best pay for directors of golf comes in metropolitan areas or known golf hot spots. According to a November 2006 Golf Digest study, the median pay for a director in the PGA's New York metropolitan section was $130,000. Directors in the golf-mad North Texas and Florida sections earned a median of $126,500 and $95,000 respectively.
The national median salary for directors of golf was $85,000, according to the Golf Digest study. By comparison, directors in the Kentucky PGA section earned a median of $69,000.
Directors at Public Daily-Fee Facilities
Directors at public daily-fee facilities tend to earn less. The median pay nationally was $63,985 according to an August 2009 Salary.com survey. The pay at the 25th percentile was $49,769, and the pay for those at the 75th percentile was $81,741.
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