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How to Make Money Playing Golf

January 17, 2011
by Kyle Taylor
Founder
Woman playing golf

Golf has never been my forte, but when I got an offer to play a round for free and get paid, I quickly jumped at the opportunity.

Two mystery shopping companies called BARE International and Intelli-Shop are looking for golf enthusiasts to evaluate golf courses around the country. They’ll take care of the green fees and pay you between $10 and $30 for your evaluation. In exchange you have to spend a day golfing and then submit a report back to the company on your experience.

The companies will want to know things like the quality of the course maintenance and the level of customer service that the staff is providing. Most of the questions are multiple choice and it won’t take too long to fill out the report.

Remember, this a mystery shop so you need to be sure that the staff are not aware that you are evaluating them. If you haven’t tried mystery shopping before, it’s a great way to have fun and make a little extra money at the same time. I’ve written about some of my mystery shopping experiences before on The Penny Hoarder. See my articles titled “I Get Paid to Buy Beer” and “Make Money Shopping at IKEA.”

It is of course free to apply at both BARE International and Intelli-Shop. The shop requirements vary by city, so be sure to read all of the details before accepting a job.

One shop in my area is requesting the evaluator to play a round of 18 holes, have dinner at the club, and enjoy a drink at the bar. The company is paying for the round of golf and reimbursing up to $80 for dinner and drinks. Another golf course near me is simply looking for an evaluator try out the driving range. They are paying $30 for your trouble.

If you are interested, you can apply here: BARE International Shopper Application, Intelli-Shop Shopper Application.

Have fun with this Penny Hoarders! Have you ever tried mystery shopping before?

by Kyle Taylor
Kyle is the founder of ThePennyHoarder.com

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