“My Life as a Golf Marshall” :The Golf Marshall’s Vow of Poverty!

Let me assure you there is no career in acting as a golf Marshall.

There is a group of Marshalls who are “volunteers”. They receive no money but in lieu of that there is “free golf” sometimes unlimited and often so restricted as to timing the free golf does not exist. Some Marshalls are severely exploited like a friend of mine outside of Toronto that when courses were COVID closed for 5 weeks in April and May was (as a volunteer”) painting the clubhouse on his shifts despite there was no “free golf” involved.

Then some Marshalls actually get paid minimum wage which is not even pure cash but golf green fees factored into your “salary” as a taxable benefit so as actual cash goes in Ontario you would be making $7.50 an hour in actual cash. Up to you to play enough “free golf” to not be taken advantage of and earn at least minimum wage.

Whatever the case salary is rarely an actual issue for golf Marshall’s as the golf benefits, fresh air, camaraderie and interaction with golfers is more important than cash in the pockets, although at my course Pro-Shop employees get full cash remuneration plus “free golf”. This makes a golf Marshall feel that he is at the bottom of the heap whereas a golf Marshall is in control of pace hence the golfer’s best experience. Does a cashier in the Pro-Shop have such a direct influence on a happy customer base?

Of course, would it bother you to know the worker who empties garbage cans and cleans toilets is making 4 times in cash what you receive?

Are there well-paid golf Marshalls anywhere?

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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