Abstract: Use the NOAS method to identify good candidates for golf course work
Finding good golf course help involves networking and analysis. Face it, golf course work is dirty and you may not make an easy million doing it (Unless your name is Trump). Golf course workers must like fresh air and more fresh air. An affinity for grubby clothes and worn work boats also helps. In fact, this sounds like me many years ago.
I entered the golf course industry because I didn’t want to work in an office and I wanted to play golf often. Well, after 300 golf course projects I spend too much time in an office with no time playing the game.
When looking for golf course construction staff I use the NOAS method:
- Network: Find a good employee and they probably know a friend or relative with similar values. Hard work is catchy and if a worker sees a friend working hard and making money while having fun then they will be a fine candidate for employment. Often times they can share rides or hotel rooms, and this helps maintain morale in this tough business . Also, inferior workers tend to get “pruned” by friends who feel that are slacking.
- Operator: Find individuals with experience operating machinery. A previous employer probably trained the employee on proper operation or mechanical repair. You can always show them the nuances of golf course work later.
- Active: Look for enthusiasm. Individuals who look like they don’t like golf course work when they meet you don’t convert to fine workers after you hire them. Determine if they have an interest in the PGA tour or playing the game. I’ve had interviews with individuals who didn’t know what a fairway is and didn’t really care to learn.
- Stamina: Don’t hire quitters. If they start out with long winded stories about the meanest foreman in the US stay away. That foreman might be nice people who felt he got manipulated by the same guy you’re thinking of hiring. Look for people who will stay.
Good golf course help is out there. Spend the extra time to find them.