Sure, times are tough in golf, as they are most everywhere, but there’s good news. The sport, around for 500 years, figures to be around awhile longer. And there are as many ways to begin and build a career in golf as there are ways to swing a 5-iron.

Whether you start cleaning carts while in high school, pursue a golf-specific or general college education, or have spent 20 years as a touring pro or electrician, the best people rise to the top, say those in the industry.

Still, there are a few absolutes …

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