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Tuesday
Jan102017

Golf Digest's What People In Golf Make

Golf Digest's annual list of top salaries in golf took a Parade magazine-style twist this year with the inclusion of more than just overpaid execs. We've got coaches, caddies and other random jobs in the game. It's instructive to see these other jobs worked in given how many lavishly-paid pro-golf executives there are and how lightly paid folks are for prestigious jobs in other sectors.

I did, however, find some of the numbers mentioned by Alan Pittman to be low for positions like General Managers, superintendents and architects at leading clubs. A few even need to be doubled, at least. ($500k for a "leading architect" fee and $100k for a leading architect remodel might have been accurate in the mid-1980s.)

Also peculiar: how many executives listed are retired or gone from their organizations, including one high up the list who has been gone so long he's already been fired from his next non-golf industry job! Another execs name was wrong, but his $407k salary will soften the blow. Shoot, he might even like his salary not being Google-search friendly.

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Reader Comments (12)

No Golf Digest salaries?
01.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLaying Up
The numbers for Superintendents and assistants seems fairly accurate. Sports turf industry is quite underpaid, especially here in Australia
01.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBradO
Yep..Pillsbury...fired x 2.

What the hell does Zink get paid for? Does he even work for the tour anymore?
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHaysoos
I went on a fishing trip with Dave years ago when I was in my early 20s. Nice guy. Hope he is well.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
Mistakes everywhere on this list!
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill Tedman
Doubled? Why?
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterStiglitz
Those salaries posted for the PGA of America are a joke. Grow the game? How about taking a pay cut. I am so happy I never joined up on that crew. Anyone paying annual dues to those clowns is making a mistake. What are all the PGA Assistants getting back for their yearly cash donation? Unbelievable. PGA CEO President Pete B. making 1.4 Mil plus. Some Assistant Secretary, PGA of America, making 430K plus? I'm with Rory. Who is really growing the game?
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterE!
I will include those USGA salaries also on this rant. I guess it's really expensive to live in the Garden State. Lincoln tunnel $15. No wonder they went to FOX.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterE!
They didn't dig very deep. Finchems salary is from a few years ago and doesn't note any bonuses. They just took an old Form 990 and copied the numbers. Maybe that's how they got Jack Peter's name wrong?

I know a few club GMs and none makes under $200-250,000. They've told me guys at top clubs with big memberships are in the $300-400,000 range after benefits. So the numbers printed seem low.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHR
$45k for an assistant golf professional seems way overstated for what they are really paid. Also many of the head golf profesional numbers come from 990s which while accurate may not include lesson income, shop income or a person may hold a position in the north and the south.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
In these parts where year-round golf is the norm, an Assistant Pro at a typical golf course (i.e., not old money) maxes out in the mid-30s. Including sketchy "benefits" that amount to less than a hill of beans. Unless you include the free leftovers from Sunday Brunch, after 2:00.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
E! The good news is the PGA execs. have stepped up and are only staying in junior suites for the PGA Show, at The Peabody, sorry, Hyatt. Steranka told them years ago it looked bad for their image.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv

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