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Tikoi Makes Good Money from Secondhand Golf Balls

“The more people come to play golf, the better it is for us,” Mr Tikoi added.
07 Oct 2022 04:00
Tikoi Makes Good Money from Secondhand Golf Balls
Waisake Tikoi at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club golf course in Nadi on October 3, 2022. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Waisake Tikoi wakes up at the crack of dawn each day to tend to his vegetable garden before leaving for the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club.

By 8am, you’ll find him at the fairway, green, rough or hazard looking for golf balls left behind by players the day before or earlier that day.

Once he’s collected enough of them, he’d sell them to the golf players at the club or to the caddies.

This is the daily life of the self- employed, 47-year-old from Sikituru Village in Nadi.

 

Beginnings

In the year 2000, the sole bread- winner of his family began this venture to earn the extra income. And he’s not alone.

The father of one is among the many men whose daily job is collecting golf balls at the club’s golf course.

More than 22 years later, he is still carrying on the hard work, earning at least about $300 a week from the sale of golf balls.

From walking around the golf course to dipping into the water-ways are what the men are involved in.

 

He said when the group of men first began the work, they were based outside the club selling golfballs to individuals showing up to play golf.

But it has been three months now since five men from Sikituru Village were given the green light to do their work at the golf course.

The golf balls are sold at $2 each and $20 for a plastic of 10 golf balls.

“Those playing golf come and see us when they are in need of more golf balls,” he said.

 

“Every day when it is low tide between 5pm and 7pm, that is when we go out and collect the golf balls, in the waterways and also on the golf course.”

“The men made a decision that each man be assigned a waterway each so that it is fair on everyone.”

He said in one waterway, one person can collect about 50 golf balls in one day.

He said it also depended on individuals playing golf.

 

“The more people come to play golf, the better it is for us,” Mr Tikoi added.

“The waterway is like our bank account, they are putting money into it.”

Mr Tikoi said he was grateful to the staff and management of the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club for supporting their venture.

The golf course is operational from 7am to 4.30pm daily.

 

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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