Started in 2010, the Illinois PGA Foundation’s GolfWorks Illinois is a vocational development program for Illinois high school and college students, approximately age 16-21, that promotes learning through hands-on work experience in the golf industry. Through GolfWorks Illinois, the Foundation brings together PGA Professionals and industry leaders to mentor the next generation and provide an opportunity to learn the business side of the golf industry.
Working together with local golf facilities and youth golf organizations, GolfWorks Illinois benefits participants through experiential learning. In addition, the program has a charitable purpose and service-learning aspect that highlights the role of PGA Professionals serving as the “experts in the business and game of golf.”
Students follow a summer-long work rotation designed to provide an understanding of what goes into managing various elements of the golf industry; including golf professional duties, outside operations, clubhouse operations, and golf course maintenance.
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Please contact Katy Collingsworth (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information if your facility is interested in employing a GolfWorks Illinois intern.
Chosen applicants will go through an interview process with the Illinois PGA Foundation and club representatives. Selected interns must have reliable transportation and be available to work 20-30 hours/week during the summer months.
The following facilities are currently seeking GolfWorks Illinois applicants for the 2023 season:
Bull Valley Golf Club
Butler National Golf Club (Intern Placed)
Bryn Mawr Country Club
Canal Shores Golf Course
Deerpath Golf Course
Harborside International Golf Center
Hawthorn Woods Country Club
Hinsdale Golf Club
KemperSports Management Home Office
Northmoor Country Club (Intern Placed)
Ruth Lake Country Club
Westmoreland Country Club