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Do Golf Course Workers Make Enough Money to Survive?

Discussion in 'Superintendent Forums' started by LarryAylward, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Don't know if they will let Obama play Shoal Creek,,,,,,,,,,,just kidding Charles
  2. LawnsharkMB

    LawnsharkMB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 650

    Totally different market here. I think our course is charging around $35 right now. In the peak season we get around $60 a round.

    You must be talking private courses. Whole different ball game than the daily fee courses here in Myrtle Beach.
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  3. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    Absolutely right. I play every weekend and every weekend I wonder how the heck these courses open at the rates they charge. It's got to cost a fortune to maintain theses courses. Seems to be a combination of low employee wages and a high volume of golfers.
  4. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. LawnsharkMB

    LawnsharkMB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 650

    Cost a lot more to maintain bent than Bermuda greens. I think there are two or three courses around here still hanging on to their bentgrass, most have switched to some hybrid Bermuda.
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  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Some greens have huge fans to keep them cool in the summer, its crazy I know, but they putt nice.

    Its hard to get Burmuda greens fast.
  7. TTS

    TTS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Just wanted to take a moment to point out the ironic similarity to the rest of the industry. You're talking about the "lowballer" of golf courses. There's a place for both business models
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  8. Above Par Lawns

    Above Par Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    So if you make $9 per hour you must be a drug addict?
  9. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    The mexicans have dominated the golf course labor trade from city course all the way East Lake around my area. You still see a few retired/college aged people filling the labor gaps on the crew. Even the Asst Super salaries are low.
  10. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,525

    Did you know that Myrtle Beach SC is the epicenter of low wage's for the entire green industry in the US?

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