Strictly speaking, you do not own your golf course. It belongs to all those who choose to play it, both your paid-up members and your weekend visitors. In the latter case, these are the golfing enthusiasts who simply cannot afford the annual club membership fees. Also, you will be providing them with clubs and balls because this too they simply cannot afford. And it turns out that neither can you. It is becoming more and more expensive every year to run a golf course, whether amateur links are being provided.
Or club and course are professionally-oriented. This is not usually the case for you because it is even more expensive to host professional events, even amateur events that are given world-wide recognition even. You were probably right when you heard that you should consider going pro if you will because inasmuch as there are a number of challenges to do with the hosting of a professional or amateur event, there are long-term advantages for doing so. The hosting of just one single annual event can do wonders for your much-needed revenue streams.
Which is why you will probably need to go pro in regard to professional golf course consulting work. It is an outsourced division. Depending on your club budget, a range of services could be offered. At the most basic level perhaps, all the professional golf course consultant could be doing is providing you with professional advice. Or at the supreme level, the pro consulting could be heading up a project management enterprise that sees other professionals looking after the day to day interests of your club.
Consultancy fees are generally high at this time but you do need to look to the long-term to realize a good return on your investment.