I’m a “Basket Girl” serving drinks on a golf course

    • Ellie Dressler, 20, works as a cart girl at a golf course, serving drinks.
    • She posts videos on TikTok, sharing her work experience with her more than 35,000 followers.
    • Dressler said she likes her job except when patrons are creepy to her.

This essay is based on a conversation with Ellie Dressler, a 20-year-old “cart” on a golf course. It has been edited for length and clarity.

Being a “stroller girl” means having a moment on TikTok. We’re all over the app — young women who make a living driving a bar cart around a golf course and serving drinks to the golfers.

On TikTok, it seems like a silly, fun, easy and lucrative job. Sometimes it is — but there are other things that go into it.

This is my first summer as a stroller

When I was looking for a position, I spoke to eight golf courses that were fully staffed and they said there was an increase in applications because of TikTok. I had no idea it was such a big deal. I just thought I’d be good at it.

I finally got a job at a golf course. I usually work four to six hour shifts. When I get to work, I stock the cart with everything I’ll need, like soda, beer, shooters, and ice. Then I drive around the golf course all day serving people drinks. I’ve found that the best way to approach customers is to say, “What can I get you to drink?” I do this instead of saying what I’ve heard other stroller girls say, which is, “Are you ready?” People often just say, “Yeah, we’re fine,” if you leave it at that.

Every time I’ve tried it, I sell more. It’s a pretty basic job. All you need to do is be bubbly and fun.

I always say I’m like a grown-up ice cream truck

Of course, patrons can be creepy at times. I started doing a series on TikTok called “Funny but true stories of a girl with a golf cart”. Sometimes it’s like asking me for a beer called “Sip of the Sun” and then telling me I’m the sip of the sun. This is quite harmless.

Then I had situations that are not so harmless, like when men comment on my clothes or body parts, whistle at me or even try to touch me. There was a guy who grabbed me once — but he made a mistake because I’m trained in MMA.

I gave him the thumbs up and he said he will tell my boss. I told him to go ahead. I always try to keep the cart between me and someone overstepping the bounds.

Being a golf cart girl is the perfect job for me

I go to school full time during the year and don’t work while in class so I can concentrate. Because of this, I need to come up with all the money I need for my car and insurance over the summer. I basically save all my summer money for what I need for the school year.

Being a golf cart girl earns me the most money I’ve ever made during the summer. In my class, we do a base rate of $16 an hour plus tips. The tips may vary from day to day, but they are consistently very good. On TikTok, you see girls with strollers making thousands of dollars a day and that’s not realistic for most of us. I can only see this happening if you are working on a course in Miami or Scottsdale.

I make good money and have fun

I’ve been able to grow my TikTok following to over 35,000 by sharing my adventures with the stroller-girl. I recently received my first paid ad, which was pretty cool. I’ve always been entrepreneurial and TikTok is another way to do that.

Since my class only has one cart girl at a time, I’m often on my own during the day, so it’s nice to have something to do on TikTok. I have to entertain myself quite often as I wait for more golfers to start.

It’s been a great summer and I’m looking forward to having enough money to put aside for the school year. And I even have a little extra — I’m going on a trip with my best friend. Not bad for a stroller.

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