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Working at TopGolf: Expectation vs. Reality

Working at TopGolf: Expectation vs. Reality

When I was hired at TopGolf, I was just another college student looking for a way to fill my gas tank and fund my coffee addiction.

I had only a few things on my mind:

  1. I'm poor.
  2. I've never golfed.
  3. What the heck is TopGolf?

The two men who interviewed me, both strikingly tall, were kind, and the interview was one that left my feeling like this would be a nice little job to have for the next few months. (Little did I know½)

Orientation day rolled around:

Walking through the wide doors of the lobby, I was greeted by two smiling faces and directed to the glassed-in conference room up the stairs. When the large table was full of mostly smiling faces, two managers came in like a whirlwind - joking, laughing and sending paperwork flying around the table.

We filled out employment forms (typical) and proceeded right in to playing a game (not so typical). Looking to each other suspiciously, we played the 3 Facts game - you state three facts about yourself cunningly, one of them being a complete lie. Although simple and relatively quick to play, it's amazing what we learned and how much fun we all had.

In case you're curious, my 3 facts were:

  1. I speak Italian.
  2. I love the color pink!
  3. I have a 4.0 GPA.

Call me out, what's the lie?

Orientation was definitely a shock. Even the TopGolf Associate Handbook was witty and entertaining. Most paperwork new jobs give you ends up stashed in the back of your car½ I took my handbook home and read the ENTIRE thing, literally.

After orientation we trained around the facility, and TopGolf continued to amaze me. People were friendly, funny and downright interesting. I looked forward to each shift I was scheduled for. I LIKED going to work,

A year has passed now...

And that statement is still true: I not only like my job - I love it! It's a strange thing to tell people sometimes; chances are, they're skeptical of my TG love. But there's no way I could work in such a fun, fast-paced setting with such amazing people and not be happy.

Aside from being so happily surprised with the daily outcome of my TopGolf job, it has become so much more than just a 9-to-5. I have a huge TopGolf family whom I love and spend as much time with as possible. And now, I want to stick around with these goofballs for as long as possible. That's right, I'm in it for the long haul.

(What does that mean? TopGolf is a dream job for anyone and has now become my dream career.)

What I'm thinking now:

  1. How do I work at TopGolf forever?
  2. I now know how to golf½well, sort of.
  3. Whether you walk through those front doors for work or for play, you're bound to have an experience unlike any other.

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