Greg Folsom can still hit it with the best of them.
As the general manager and teaching professional at Bloomingdale Golfers Club, Folsom loves to play and has never lost his passion for the game — he just found another one along the way.
The plus-one handicap golfer would prefer to manage.
To begin with, chasing the dream of playing on a PGA Tour is pretty expensive. In other sports, it just takes talent, some scouting, or maybe a college scholarship.
But the life of a professional golfer is different.
First, on the tour, you don’t get a penny if you don’t make the cut. For most, life on the tour is a life of paying your own expenses, groveling to potential sponsors, and basically, singing for your supper.
“I was never really good enough and it was so expensive,” Folsom said. “I was good and I grew up in golf, so I had to figure out a way to stay with it.”
Growing up in New England isn’t the best way for a golfer to get off to a fast start.
Folsom played high school and college golf and started to play on the mini tours. There have been some successful golfers who have thrived on the mini tours and moved on to successful and lucrative PGA Tour careers.
However, Folsom accepted the fact that, while he was good, he was going to have a hard time making a living in golf outside of the management world.
He started as an apprentice, working in the cart barn and learning the game from the bottom up. He also learned the rest of the trade by hitting the textbooks, knowing every rule in the book, learning how to run the pro shop, and about a million other things.
“I always wanted to be involved in golf,” Folsom said. “I wanted to teach and be around the game. I have a really great job.”
Folsom started as an assistant professional in New England and moved to Bloomingdale after two years at Lansbrook Golf Club.
Today, Folsom teaches kids and runs about 60 golf events a year at Bloomingdale. He is in charge of the Bloomingdale teaching school and has several assistants to help out, but hasn’t forgotten how he learned to love the game. Today, he tries to share those memories with young golfers.
“I want to promote the game and this game has been good to me,” Folsom said. “I want to help kids to really love this game.”