We’ve all heard the phrase “golf is an outdoor game”. Most often, we’re saying this to players that are playing in poor weather conditions as we're trying to help them deal with those conditions. For Eric Eshleman, the 2019 PGA Golf Professional of the Year, it takes on a different meaning.
As he tells us in this conversation, golf is played outdoors, so Golf Professionals should be out where the game is being played. As a sought after coach to players of all levels, including PGA Tour players and dignitaries like Condoleeza Rice, Eric spends hours and hours every week on the lesson tee. In addition, he’s built one of the most successful junior golf programs you can find anywhere, since he began at Country Club of Birmingham in 2001, which includes a junior club championship that hosts over 200 players!
All of this while fulfilling his duties to his staff as the Director of Golf and more importantly to his family as a husband and a father of three boys.
In this conversation we get into how he manages all of his responsibilities and stays organized. We discuss some details about managing email and planning that I think could help many of you if you’re struggling to manage your time.
Eric tells us how he hires and builds his team and finally, advice for any young Golf Professional. What’s the one thing you need to be able to do to help ensure your success in this business? It’s a unique perspective on the importance of being able to build relationships, which is key to anyone’s career in the golf industry.