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Golf Professional

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Golf professionals give lessons and advice to other golfers. They also play for their club in tournaments. Some specialise in teaching, some specialise in playing and some do both. Those at the top of their game play in tournaments all over the world.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for trainee golf professionals can start at around £15,000 a year. Salaries for professionals are around £22,000 to £25,000 or more a year. As a well known and respected professional, in a more prestigious club, you could earn £50,000 or more.

You might also supplement your income with prize money and coaching fees. Some golf professionals work on a self-employed basis, renting space in the club and charging fees. You will have to pay regular subscriptions to the PGA.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You must be a good player. To improve your game before applying to become a professional you might be able to benefit from one of the following schemes.

To be a golf professional you must qualify as a member of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). In Scotland, there are three ways to qualify.

You would require a satisfactory PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check to show you are suitable for this type of work. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland

  Scotland
2021
6567
0.4 %
RISE
2026
6595

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA)
Tel: 01675 470333
Website: http://www.pga.info/
Twitter: @ThePGA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepga

Scottish Golf
Tel: 01334 466477
E-mail: info@scottishgolf.org
Website: http://www.scottishgolf.org
Twitter: @ScottishGolf
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishGolf

UK Coaching
Tel: 0113 274 4802
Website: https://www.ukcoaching.org/
Twitter: @_UKCoaching
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialUKCoaching/

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