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    I volunteered for the Memorial Tournament for the first time this year. I enjoyed it. It has many similar setups in that I had to pay for my uniform and I was fortunate enough to sign up for a job as a courtesy car driver. It was a fun and not too stressful of a job as I was able to sign up for times around my work schedule before the tournament started but I know plenty of others who have spent time on the course working scoreboards or shotlink and they don't seem to have any complaints. This being Jack Nicklaus's tournament probably plays into it but the volunteers seem to be treated quite well here. The last thing I would want to do is work consessions or selling merchandise although I'm sure merchandise sales here isn't as overloaded as a major.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wubears71 View Post
    So I'm a hole captain for the 2018 PGA Championship and all the marshal positions, except for a very few, went to the local golf courses. Basically, every private course got a hole or shared a hole and Walter's Golf Management, which manages a number of courses, gets a hole. I'm guessing the U.S. Open did the same. I volunteered being a hole captain knowing full well that it was going to require 50 hours of volunteer work. However, after going to the U.S. Open at Erin Hills last year, I made sure that if I was going to volunteer, it would be a really great job and being a hole captain assures that I'm inside the ropes the whole time.

    One good thing about the PGA championship is that there are so many volunteers that the majority are only working 2-3, 4 hour shifts, which is a pretty good deal considering it comes with free parking, food vouchers that can be used at any stand and an all week pass that sells for $325 - not bad for 8 to 12 hours of work.
    I looked into volunteering at next year's PGA at Bethpage. There were positions open to drive players and VIPs around. Ultimately I can't go because of family obligations.
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    I haven't read every post in this thread, but I have done plenty of voluneering at large events - at the Smithsonian, at zoos, for numerous volunteer organizations. At each of these events, I have been given the items that I need to complte the task including uniform clothing, access to food and water in a place separate from participants, and separate port-a-johns. For the larger events, we were treated to an evening barbecue, just for the volunteers.

    I've hosted a lot of charity events, and at each, I treated the volunteers very carefully, because I wanted them to help me next year. It's the old saw about happy employees, happy customers - happy volunteers, happy participants.

    And that's at non-profit events. I'm slightly shocked that they make you pay to use your own labor. Yes the polos and the gear cost money - but they should thank you for your labor, not make *you* pay for it. You're saving them millions of bucks in temp labor.

    I think it's embarrassing for the USGA, to be honest. But that's just my opinion.

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    Dang! I was planning to volunteer at next year’s open. Having second thoughts now.

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    FWIW, here are the options for the Cambia Classic in Portland - the longest running non major on the LPGA tour:

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