Greenkeeper / golf course manager

A greenkeeper or golf course manager maintains a designed landscape that includes different terrains. It includes managing staff who are responsible for different areas of the landscape’s upkeep

Training, qualifications and skills The ability to learn will help anyone succeed. The desire to do the best possible job, no matter what your position, will also help individuals develop. A formal qualification such as a Level 2 sports turf diploma is a base level qualification for a greenkeeper
Career progression opportunities A traditional career path is to learn on the job, progress up through the ranks and ensure you have sufficient experience to move up the ladder.
Useful links Grounds Management Association
British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association

Focus on: Golf course manager

Sam Evans
North Hants Golf Club
Full time, salary up to £80k

Managing a golf course is not just about turf management. Our industry has evolved so now a person may be expected to be a turf manager, HR manager, health and safety inspector, coach, teacher, enforcer, mentor, disciplinarian and project manager.

Work hard, help others, be proud of your work, and learn as much as you can.

I love watching others develop – it's so rewarding. I've been lucky enough to work at many high profile events. I'm currently studying for a master’s degree, and gaining the skills for the Master Greenkeeper Certificate – there are only 80 master greenkeepers in the world.

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