Interested in giving back to the game of golf? Perhaps you are looking for a new challenge or want to learn new skills while meeting new people?
There are lots of opportunities across the game of golf where you can get involved, from supporting your club committee to helping out at events. For some roles, it helps to have a knowledge of golf, but you don’t have to play golf to become a volunteer; clubs need lots of people with a whole range of different skills.
What role would suit you?
Think about what skills you could offer to a club and how much time you want to commit. There are plenty of different volunteer roles at clubs throughout Scotland, including:
- Committee members – The committee exists to serve the club and to ensure everything runs smoothly so that its members receive the best possible service and experiences. Knowledge in areas of finance, business development, administration and governance are critical to the ongoing sustainability of the club.
- Junior organiser – run events to encourage children to get into the game
- Coaching – run sessions to teach new players how to play
- New member buddy – help new players settle in at your club
- Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer– safeguard the welfare of children at the golf club and report concerns
- Events, socials and entertainment – plan events at your club such as family open days, new member recruitment sessions and social activities for existing members
- Marketing and communications – develop your club’s marketing strategy and promotional material. Many clubs need help with marketing and communications, so experience in this area can be invaluable.
How to get involved:
Contact your local golf club and ask them if they have any volunteering opportunities available – they would love to hear from you! Most clubs have a website with contact details, so you could email the manager detailing your knowledge, skills and areas of interest, and including a CV can be useful.
You can search for clubs near to where you live in the Club Finder tool on our website.
Volunteering for Scottish Golf
Scottish Golf is always keen to hear from people willing to volunteer in various aspects of our business. If you would like to volunteer for Scottish Golf, contact the relevant department in the first instance to let us know of any relevant skills and experience you have, although experience is not always necessary as training can be provided:
- Performance Team Chaperoning: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Events and competitions: email@example.com
- Course rating:firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also let us know about your volunteering experiences and the impact volunteering has had on your life by emailing email@example.com – you could end up being a case study as part of Volunteers’ Week next year.