(This post in written from Sarah Cote, a beverage cart attendant at Candia Woods)
Over the past three years, I have had the pleasure being a beverage cart attendant at Candia Woods. People are always asking me, ‘Is this the greatest job in the world?’ and ‘This has to be so easy, right?’. For the most part they are right. Being a bev cart attendant is a lot of fun, and considering the other summer jobs that a lot of college students have, is definitely one of the best options around. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. But, I tell them that it is anything but easy. My job may seem like I get to be outside all day, and selling drinks, but it
is much more than that. Driving around the golf course can be dirty and strenuous work. On any given day there can be hundreds of golfers who all want to see you at the exact same time and with whatever kind of beverage they w
ant. At Candia Woods the other beverage cart attendants and myself work really hard to make it around the course quickly with a cart full of options, even if that means tending to someone’s personal request. Just like any other service job, it can be stressful and frustrating, but at the end of the day it is always worthwhile.
But when I tell people that the job isn’t always as great as it seems, I also make sure to tell them that the best part about the job is the members. I am lucky enough to work at a golf course where the members are down-to-earth, really awesome people. With the leagues every weeknight and the same people showing up each weekend, I have had the chance to get to know them very well and have created relationships with many of them. It makes me smile when they greet me by name and cheer as I drive up to them. This is where the relationships are made. I pride myself in remembering what people like to drink and the players feel valued when you know them personally. While it is almost never easy, the weather isn’t always on my side, and the pressure is on to get the job done quickly, being a bev cart attendant is incredibly fun, rewarding, and a job that I will certainly never take for granted.