How would you like to get paid for playing golf?…
No, it’s not a joke- you can actually make a little money on the side as a golfer. It’s like getting paid to go to the gym!
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And no, you do not have to be a pro golfer, nor will you make anything close to what Tiger Woods makes.
But you could make enough to help with a few bills, not to mention you are going to enjoy it (assuming you are a fan of golf and not one of those, such as myself, who see it as the most boring sport)
In the U.S. golf is huge.
A $25 billion golf industry is no small industry.
The golf industry rakes in money from a variety of avenues like club memberships, selling cleats and plaid shorts and other related products. Which is why opportunities like the one you are about to discover exist in the first place.
A Gulf Mystery Shopper!
There are a few mystery shopping companies that specialize in providing their customers with golf related evaluations.
BARE International and Intelli-Shop are two of those companies that will pay you to help them evaluate golf courses around the country. All you have to do is show up when it is tee time, play a few (or more, depending on the assignment) rounds of 18 holes.
Once you are done, you will be given a few questions about your experience on the field that you need to answer.
Then you get paid.
These companies are basically trying to evaluate anything related to the given course, from level of maintenance, to customer service, and even whether or not the course is as green as it should be.
The only thing you need to make sure of is to not let anyone (especially staff) know who you are.
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After all, it’s called mystery shopping for a reason.
If they find out you are evaluating them, their attitude may change and your evaluation will not reflect the true situation.
Like all legit mystery shopping companies, BARE International and Intelli-Shop are 100% free to join.
Keep in mind though that each assignment varies from city to city, so you need to make sure you read and understand all the details and requirements of each assignment so you can actually get paid for doing them.
How Much Can you Make?
Again, each assignment is unique and requires a different set of tasks, likewise, the amount of money you may earn from each assignment differs as well based on the importance and requirements of each assignment.
But to give you an idea, you could expect anywhere from $30 for playing a quick round up to $100 or more for playing a whole afternoon.
The good thing is that you do not pay for anything.
The mystery shopping company will pay for the tickets and even food and drink (if dining is part of the assignment).
The only problem is that you can not rely on this job as a way to make money consistently as assignments are far and few in between.
That said, I still think playing golf is a fun way to make extra money (at least for those who enjoy it).