Pettingill is the Director of Golf at Red Hawk Golf Course in Sparks where he handles much more than the day-to-day operations. From working the golf shop front counter to tournament facilitator, Pettingill said every day can be a little bit different, which makes his job all the more worth it.
“It is not the same job every single day and it is not coming into work and sitting and banging on the computer. I wear tons of different hats,” Pettingill said Wednesday. “I run a retail store, I get to meet a lot of people, I get to run tournaments and I get to teach golf lessons. There are so many different aspects of the business and it is just one of those things where it is never the same. It’s always different and I think that is kind of what drew me to it. It’s busy, but it’s a fun busy.”
In the year and a half Pettingill has lived in Sparks managing the course at Red Hawk, he has catered to members of the club who, to him, feel much more like a family. He said interacting with them on a daily basis does not begin to describe the bond that has formed out in northeast Sparks.
“I think it’s working with the members and the relationship I get to establish with the members of the club and the patrons and guests that come out and play,” he said of the perks of his job. “That is the best part of it because it becomes kind of a family and I get to know the members, their kids and their lives. It is a great family to be involved with and be a part of.”
Though Pettingill has been working on greens across the United States for several years, he said the love for the golf course began early on while tethered to his father’s coattails.
“I have worked at a golf course my entire life,” he said. “My dad was a golf pro and I got hooked onto it when I was a little kid.”
Pettingill played golf all through high school before leaving the country for two years on a church mission to Taiwan. Upon returning, Pettingill entered the University of Utah on a four-year golf scholarship where he was able to play courses across the western U.S. and Hawaii.
Once his college playing days ended, Pettingill joined Troon Golf, a golf management company based in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he spent the next 15 years traveling to different courses. He spent time in Arizona, Illinois, California and Las Vegas before arriving in Sparks.
“Working for Troon Golf, I got the opportunity to work at nine different facilities and all different kinds of golf courses,” he said. “I worked at a private club, a public golf course, a resort golf course with hotels and a semi-private course which is similar to what we have here.”
Pettingill said he works through plenty of challenges throughout the golf season, most of them the kind offering him eustress. He said hosting major tournaments can have a dose of chaos, but he finds them more of a “fun challenge” that comes with the territory of facilitating such events.
When the work day ends, the fun begins as Pettingill keeps busy with his wife and four children, who collectively keep active in sports and their church.
“A lot of my time is either work or family,” Pettingill said. “They keep me pretty busy with baseball, volleyball, soccer, flag football and everything they do. They like to play golf too so we come out here and play golf quite a bit.”
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