Golf greenkeeper apprenticeship

Golf greenkeeper apprenticeship

Golf greenkeepers are responsible for the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course.

It is their job to maintain a good quality playing surface and ensure the course offers a consistent challenge and an enjoyable experience for golfers.

There are four key turfgrass areas on a golf course – greens, tees, fairways and areas of rough, each of which requires a different type of maintenance. As part of your apprenticeship training you will learn to use a range of equipment and machinery, including tractors, ride-on mowers and specialist equipment, safely and competently. Your everyday responsibilities might involve removing early morning dew and debris from the greens, raking bunkers, moving tee markers and cutting new holes on greens.

You will also take part in hazard, environmental and ecological operations, which could include bunker maintenance, planting turf, trees and shrubs, and developing wildlife habitats.

Golf clubs are very customer-focused businesses, and your employer will require you to have a strong work ethic, take pride in your work, pay attention to detail and have good time management skills. In return, you will get to work outdoors in a healthy environment and train for a career that can take you wherever the game of golf is played. As more and more countries embrace the sport and new golf courses are built, there is no better time to consider joining the profession.

This apprenticeship will typically take 2 years to complete, although the training period could be reduced if you have previous experience of working on a golf course or sports turf facility.

After completing your apprenticeship, you will be eligible to join the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and become a BIGGA-accredited greenkeeper.

For more information visit www.bigga.org.uk and www.the-gtc.co.uk

Level:

Level 2 (Intermediate)

Job role:

Golf greenkeeper

Starting salary:

£18,000–£22,000 (salaries will vary depending upon your age and location)

To view the full apprenticeship standard, click here