Ahead of this year’s PGA Show, last week I called a few course owners and asked the question in today’s world “Do You Really Need A PGA PRO?”
The answers I got on condition of anonymity were across the board:
“No, (sic) … all they want to do is play golf. They couldn’t care less about driving memberships or rounds. I’ll never hire one again!”
“Yes, the PGA professional is part of the rich tradition of golf. Any “REAL” club must have one”
“Wouldn’t dream of not having a PGA pro!”
“Got rid of ours two years ago, the best thing we ever did, all he did was teach lessons, he was never in the shop!”
“The time for every club to have a PGA Pro has come and gone, especially for smaller daily fee operations. We have a former retail girl behind the counter now who is far better at merchandising and selling than our previous professional. We let a local pro give lessons on the range, I never even asked if he was a PGA Pro or not.”
“Our PGA pro, who is also our club manager, is excellent. He brings a professional dimension to the club that you simply don’t get from non-PGA people! He understand the history and tradition of the game and the club culture we are trying to create”
“I have been in this business almost 40 years and like every other position, I’ve had good Pros and bad ones! But I have never not hired a PGA pro. Although several courses around me have no PGA personnel, I wouldn’t do it, just out of tradition. But I am not sure the customer really cares?”
After the pounding I got from my last two articles I’ll sit this one out but I can tell you it’s a question on a lot of owner’s minds! What do you think?
Do You Need A PGA PRO?
Looking forward to seeing some of you at the show!