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By: Harrison McDaniel
February 28, 2017
Can you imagine being paid to be at a golf course all day? That is what Bill Murchison does daily at Towne Lake Hills Golf Club. Well, there is a little more to it. Bill is a golf instructor whose job is helping people of all ages to improve their swing.
Mr. Murchison and I relax after a productive lesson.“I love being outdoors, and being able to create my own schedule is great,” said Murchison with a smile on his face.
The path to a obtaining a job like this one is different than many expect.
“Imagine college, but only for golfers,” said Murchison.
He was referring to the PGM Program (Professional Golfers Management Certification) which certified him to teach or run any golf business.
“It was a really beneficial experience. I wouldn’t be in the position I am without the PGM,” he said.
Any job involving teaching takes patience. Especially a sport like golf. This game can take years to master. Murchison had an interesting answer on how he teaches customers the ins and outs of golf.
“The secret is fixing one thing at a time. If someone hits five balls to the right, I will figure out the problem and change it,” he said.
“The way that I find the problem is usually through the iPad. Using slow motion and zoom features, the issue can be found and fixed in a matter of minutes,” said Murchison with a smile on his face.
Murchison cannot get enough of his job. He has worked at Towne Lake Hills for five years and plans on many more to come.
“I recommend anyone who loves the game of golf as much as I do to pursue it, whether they want to play, teach, or anything else,” he said.
Harrison McDaniel interviewing Bill Murchison
Project Facilitator Interview Questions
What do you enjoy most about this job?
I love being outdoors, and the schedule flexibility is great. Golf and interacting with people are two of my favorite things.
How long have you been working here?
Around 5 years.
Did you attend college? If so, where at and what was your major?
Imagine college, but only for golfers. After high school I knew I wanted to get in the golf business so I did a internship at Bridgemill Athletic club and then got enrolled in the PGM Program (Professional Golfers Management Certification) Its like a 2 year golf college and you get certified to teach or run any golf business. After that I got enrolled in the PGA Teaching Certification Course which specifies in teaching and got certified in that.
What are some challenges that this job brings you? How do you overcome them?
This job takes a lot of patience from me and from students. Fixing one thing at a time is what has always worked best for me.
Teaching anything takes a lot of patience, especially a sport like golf. Is there any specific method you use if a student is not picking it up at all?
This is where technology comes into play. The way that I find the problem is usually through the iPad. Using slow motion and zoom features, the issue can be found and fixed in a matter of minutes
Have you ever played golf at the professional level? If so, for how long?
I have not golfed professionally at a competitive level. But technically I guess my certification makes me a pro. Hahaha.
At what age did you begin to show interest for this career field?
My junior year of high school.
What are some accomplishments of your current/former students?
I have had several students make the all-state rosters and win state championships and tournaments.
What has made you successful at your job?
Being able to do what I love. There is no such thing as a bad day here.
How many hours a day would you say you work on average?
I would say 5 or 6.
What jobs did you work before this? What skills did they help you gather that help you in your current career?
I instructed at Bridge mill for a year, but nothing too different.
What ages do your students range?
I have students from 5 to 75. That is the amazing thing about golf. There truly is no age limit.
What has this job taught you?
About every skill involving communication you can think of.
What part of your job are you the best at and why?
Being outdoors all day, choosing my own hours, and doing what I’ve always loved.
What are some perks that come with being a golf instructor?
The best perk is that you work through appointments rather than assigned hours.
Is there any other career you would consider pursuing?
Possibly becoming owner or part owner of a golf club.
How flexible is your schedule?
Extremely. As I said earlier, I schedule appointments rather than working on the clock.
Some people would say that you have the dream job. Would you agree?
For me, yes, it is 100% the dream job. I recommend anyone who loves the game of golf as much as I do to pursue it, whether they want to play, teach, or anything else.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever seen while working at the golf range?
A student threw his driver at the side of the facility. That was something else. Hahaha.
What advice would you give someone interested in pursuing this job?
Make connections, do internships, and choose the major that qualifies you for your goal. hits five balls to the right, I will figure out the problem and change it,” he said.
About every skill invol