A bad day on the golf course beats a good day at work -- unless you punch the clock in one of these 17 gigs, which we consider the best jobs for people who really, really love the game.
CHEF AT CYPRESS POINT CLUB
The kitchen staff at Cypress Point tend to stick around, and not solely for the pleasure of peeling shallots. Select employees also get monthly playing privileges at one of the most coveted courses in the world.
The views from your perch 2,000 feet above America’s most beautiful courses are unmatched. And you’re blessedly out of shouting distance from the “Mashed Potatoes!” idiots.
STARTER AT THE OLD COURSE
Disregard the curmudgeonly demeanor. Beneath that crusty Scottish exterior is a sunny soul whose heart warms at the sight of happy golfers finally fulfilling their dream of dreams. That no one expects him to admit as much is another bonus of the job.
Actually, the title is Director of Outside Happiness, and the cheerful man who holds it is Bob Gaspar, though locals call him “Shoe,” owing to his likeness to the jockey Willie Shoemaker. So what does Shoe do? He hangs around the bag drop and the starter shack, shooting the breeze with resort guests and avid golfers, who, at Bandon Dunes, are one and the same.
GOLF AMBASSADOR AT SKIBO CASTLE
Once the country home of Andrew Carnegie, this stone-walled Shangri-La in the Scottish Highlands is now a hush-hush getaway for privileged globe-trotters. In the evening, when guests gather for elaborate dinners, your job is to lubricate conversation. By day, you may be called upon to round out a foursome on the links course that wraps around the castle grounds. (Seriously, that’s someone’s job.)
BARTENDER AT WHISPER ROCK GOLF CLUB
The first rule about this club is that you don’t talk about this club. But we’ve heard enough whispers about Whisper Rock to know that tons of Tour pros rank among the members. And where there are Tour pros there have got to be fat tips (and fantastic bar chatter), all the more so at a bar so chill and welcoming it’s known as “The Hang.” Can we get you a re-fill, Mr. Mickelson?
We get to sit around all day and make lists like this one.