How to Begin a Golf Pro Shop

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Golf pro shops are becoming more common across the country
Golf pro shops are becoming more common across the country (Image: Golf image by Vanessa van Rensburg from Fotolia.com)

Golfing, once seen as a pastime for the wealthy, is now enjoyed by a more diverse range of people. As such, the need for golf stores has grown. Pro shops sell everything from apparel to golf clubs, and they can be quite lucrative.Planning is the most important step if you are to succeed at opening your own golf pro shop.

Do your homework

Determine whether there is a need for a golf pro shop in your area. If there are several golf courses, country clubs, middle and high income families or schools with golf teams where you live, then opening a golf shop will make sense. However, if there are no golf courses or many families with disposable income in your area, opening a golf pro shop is not feasible.

Name your golf shop, and avoid putting any trademarked names or phrases in it--this will keep you from being sued on the grounds of trademark dilution or infringement. For example, you can't name your shop “PGA Tour Haven”, but you can name it “Golfer's Paradise”.

Obtain an assumed name certificate (DBA) from your city or state, an EIN (employer identification number) from the IRS and a tax identification number or resale permit from your state, if required. You will need these documents to open up wholesale accounts with golf product distributors.

Lease a retail space in your area that is at least 750 square feet--rent a larger space if you'd like to have a break room or office on-site. A larger space is also a good idea if you plan to carry a large amount of inventory, or else you'll also need to lease a warehouse.

Open wholesale accounts with golf product suppliers such as Global Tour Golf. You will be required to place a minimum order that typically ranges from $250 to $500.

Buy retail store supplies for your golf shop, such as signage, shelving, a cash register and scanner, shopping carts and baskets and pricing stickers from a company such as Display Warehouse.

Promote your pro golf sore by placing a business ad in online and print directories, sponsoring community golf events and placing fliers and coupons in complimentary businesses, such as golf ranges.

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