Turpis DivitesJOB: Enjoying inherited fortune.RANGE: The coasts (Augusta, Pine Valley, Fishers Island, Round Hill, Cypress Point, Seminole).MARKINGS: Bucket hat, tucked-in Pima-cotton shirt and Bills Khakis. FootJoy saddle shoes with anklets. Two tiny logos: one on the hat, another on the breast of the shirt. High-end irons well-used and half a dozen seasons old, but meticulously maintained. Vintage blade putter.CHARACTERISTICS: Refers to good shots as "tidy." USGA Handicap Index is scrupulously maintained. Game of choice is $10 nassau. Doesn't answer any job questions directly. ("I'm in the markets," "My family was in the tea business.") Has an American Express black card but never uses it.
Stropha RexJOB: Directing a portfolio of private investments using aggressive, highly proprietary strategies and collecting a percentage of all gains.RANGE: Fairfield County, Conn. (Stanwich), and Monterey County, Calif. (Pebble Beach).MARKINGS: High-silk and exotic-leather content. Oversize staff bag with 15 to 20 clubs, UPC stickers still attached, and at least five headcovers. Two smartphones omnipresent.CHARACTERISTICS: Infrequent player, with a ratio of memberships to annual rounds played approaching 1-to-1. Vanity handicap. Enthusiastic, complicated gambler (automatic 2-down presses and $50 greenies, snakes, barkies, sandies and legends). Will use stakes as method of intimidation: "When can we press again?" Is not "out here to relax."
Arcanus ClaususJOB: Working with corporations to raise money and buy or sell other companies.RANGE: Northeast to Mid-Atlantic (Winged Foot, Caves Valley, The Country Club, Quail Hollow).MARKINGS: Polished. Prefers Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers and Vineyard Vines—anything with tiny animals. New tour-spec driver and irons, and a $750 Scotty Cameron custom putter.CHARACTERISTICS: Often a strong player but can miss subtle social cues (aggressively negotiating handicaps, ungenerous about giving putts). Thrives in scrambles and pro-ams, where lack of practice isn't a big factor. Olympic-level name-dropper. ("Tiger was my partner there the year before he crashed his truck.") Formidable 19th-hole skills. Not known for carrying cash.
Auriem in ManuJOB: Offering personal financial management to wealthy individuals.RANGE: South Florida, large cities, wealthy suburbs (Champions Golf Club, Oakland Hills, Westchester, Trump National Bedminster, Estancia).MARKINGS: Visually similar to Arcanus Clausus, differentiated by extended range, larger population and higher percentage of females.CHARACTERISTICS: Notably more sociable than Arcanus Clausus, from more extensive client interaction. Usually an active, low-single-digit-handicapper at a "players" club. Attractive and enjoyable partner for playing skill and exhaustive pre-round research. ("Relax, pards. I got this hole. We'll use that nice little hard fade on 14. It sets up perfect for you. Let's talk a little more about that development in Telluride.")
Dux PatetJOB: Buying and selling securities for individual and institutional investors, earning a commission.RANGE: Nationwide (Bethpage Black, Bandon Dunes, Whistling Straits).MARKINGS: Mildly upscale standard clothing, brand coordinated and relaxed fit. Financial-services-logoed hat, towel and golf balls. Cart bag with latest equipment, business cards and logo pens.CHARACTERISTICS: Aggressive friendliness and small talk. Usually has a history of athleticism in other sports. ("You're from Rochester? I played ball with a guy from there... Let me think of his name.") Game of choice is whatever the client wants. Can reliably be expected to tank late. Carries elaborate money clip with a $100 fronting six 20s and some singles.
Post Duos GradusJOB: Hunting for potential violators of securities laws for the federal government.RANGE: Northeast to Mid-Atlantic (Liberty National, Congressional), Silicon Valley (Half Moon Bay, CordeValle). MARKINGS: Navy or tan pleated khakis, tube socks and stiff, new inexpensive shoes. Blousy, off-label polo shirt to disguise surveillance wire and transmitter. Unironic flat-brim cap purchased from the shop just before the round. Thick-frame Oakley sunglasses. Rental clubs.CHARACTERISTICS: Usually selected for the role because of golf experience. Fluid player with Division III skills. Mechanical, rote small talk. ("Ever been to the Caymans?") Does not gamble.