If you've attended a West Michigan Woman Golf Outing, you've seen this energetic woman on the green. Amy Pollack, general manager of Boulder Creek Golf Club and a consistent presence in the golf industry, is always eager to share her love of the game.
How has golf shaped you?
I first got into golf when I was going into high school. I'd gotten sick and was not allowed to play any contact sports, which devastated me! My family played golf and I thought I may as well give it a try. I took to it rather quickly. Nearing my senior year, I was told about the Professional Golf Management program at Ferris State University. I could get my degree as well as get into a profession I loved. I was one of five females in a program of hundreds. I realized early on there was a need for women in this profession. Golf has shaped all I do. I met my ex-husband at a golf event. I've made a great town my home because of my work at Boulder Creek Golf Club—a place I love going to every day and my kids enjoy the golf course and what I do for a living. I really thrive on helping people learn the game and their golf swing,
so they may enjoy this sport
Why do you think we've seen golf take a more prominent role in the professional world?
Golf is a great game to see a person's true character. How they handle themselves on the golf course is indicative of how they are as a person. There are always golf events, whether for charity, a company outing or a tee time with clients, that puts you on a more personal level with your playing partners. This goes so far in business relationships.
Early during the COVID-19 pandemic, many courses were open. What impact might golf have had on people then?
We all did try to have our golf courses open during the pandemic and we saw the necessity for people to get outside and play this game. It was a great escape to play a round and get fresh air while putting the crisis out of their minds for a little bit.
What's your best "beginner" advice?
You are not expected to do it correctly right out of the gate. You are learning and no one will be judging you. Everyone was in your position at one time. Try to have fun figuring this game out: It is a lifelong quest!
What is the one thing you must have on the golf course?
My friends! I have found that playing with my friends is rejuvenating, fulfilling and, more often than not, full of laughter. What a great way to spend your free time!
Written by Jennifer A. Pascua, Digital Content Manager for West Michigan Woman.
This article originally appeared in the June/July 2020 issue of West Michigan Woman.