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Assistant Greenkeeper

A fantastic opportunity has arisen at Gillingham Golf Club, for an aspiring and driven greenkeeper to become part of an already strong and influential team here at Gillingham.

Assistant Greenkeeper

Assistant Greenkeeper

The 18-hole parkland golf course designed by James Braid, (later upgraded by Donald Steel) with its tree lined fairways and small greens is challenging combined with some idyllic views.

Reporting to the Course Manager a Full Time position has become available with contracted 40 hours per week, and weekend overtime on a rota basis.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ability to undertake daily turf maintenance and preparation to high standards
  • To be able to achieve a high level of attention to detail in all tasks being undertaken
  • To be highly motivated and productive with a strong work ethic and able to work as part of a close team
  • To communicate effectively with colleagues, supervisors and members
  • To be able to carry out a variety of tasks that will require flexibility in skill sets
  • Good time management and communication skills
  • To always maintain healthy and safe working practices

Candidates must have following qualifications and competencies:

  • Previous experience as a greenkeeper and minimum NVQ Level 2 or equivalent in Sports Turf Maintenance essential
  • Have PA1, 2, and 6 Spraying Certificates
  • Chainsaw an advantage

Salary will be based depending on experience and qualifications.

To Apply – Applicants are required to submit a CV together with a covering letter outlining their suitability for the position of Assistant Greenkeeper, to John Hunnisett Course Manager. Email: jchunnisett@gmail.com

Closing date: Monday 16th August 2021

Head Greenkeeper

An extremely exciting opportunity for a Head Greenkeeper has arisen at Garforth Golf Club. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, hands-on Head Greenkeeper to lead our greenkeeping team in maintaining and continually improving our course.

Head Greenkeeper

Head Greenkeeper

Reporting to the Greens Committee & Managing Secretary, applicants should be ambitious, self-motivated, organised, committed and hardworking, with the experience, knowledge, and communication skills to thrive in the role. The successful candidate will be responsible for the daily management, maintenance and overall appearance of the golf course and surrounding grounds including our extensive practice facility, ensuring the course is presented to the highest standard within the budgets set that offers a consistently fair and enjoyable test of golf all year round.

Responsibilities will also include annual agronomic planning, managing budgets, advising on equipment, course projects and investments to continually deliver improvements and raise standards.

Flexible working hours and weekend work is required.

Applicants are invited to apply in confidence with a letter of application and CV to: manager@garforthgolfclub.co.uk

Closing date:
20th August

Assistant Greenkeeper

Heaton Moor Golf Club

Assistant Greenkeeper

Assistant Greenkeeper

We are looking for an enthusiastic Assistant Greenkeeper to join our team and maintain our 18-hole parkland course, conveniently situated in South Manchester.

The candidate would work closely with our Head Greenkeeper and preferably have the following attributes:

  • NVQ2 or equivalent
  • Be motivated and take pride in their work
  • Work well in the team

Salary based on 40 hours per week with compulsory overtime at weekends.

Salary £20000 to £22000 depending upon experience.

To apply please send CV and covering letter to: office@heatonmoorgolfclub.co.uk

Closing date:
18th August

Greenkeeper

Drayton Park is an 18-hole parkland golf course, owned and run by the Directors of Drayton Park Golf Club Abingdon Ltd. Fully opened in 1993 it is now an established course kept in excellent condition by a small established team of greenkeepers.

Greenkeeper

Greenkeeper

The company seek a trained greenkeeper with at least 3 years’ experience to join their highly motivated team and assist in the daily operations of the golf course.

Whilst full training will be given, the ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and competencies:

  • NVQ Level 2 aspiring to do Level 3
  • Up to date spraying preferred  (PA1, PA 2a, and PA6)
  • Chainsaw certificates – (willingness to undertake training if not)
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety regulations
  • Good communication skills
  • Own transport essential
  • A willingness to be part of a motivated team who aspire to high standards and have good team morale

This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to work closely with the head greenkeeper and further their skills and training.

Pay negotiable depending on experience and qualifications. 40 Hours per week (applicant will be expected to work overtime when required).

Send your CV to: secretary@dpgolf.co.uk

Closing date:
7th August

Greenkeeper says goodbye

Greenkeeper says goodbye: Tydd St Giles Golf Club’s head greenkeeper has retired after more than 25 years.

Read the full article from Spalding Voice here

Greenkeeper says goodbye

Greenkeeper says goodbye

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Electric Power for Dore and Totley Golf Club:

Electric Power for Dore and Totley Golf Club

Electric Power for Dore and Totley Golf Club: Dore and Totley Golf Club is the first club in South Yorkshire to take delivery of Toro’s all-electric Greensmaster eTriFlex 3370 greens mower. The machine was selected to join the all-Toro fleet and continue its drive on economy, productivity and efficiency which has resulted in a course members are proud to be associated with.

Peter Bowden has been course manager at Dore and Totley for four years, during a time of rapid improvement. He says: “It was all about streamlining the processes. The course had huge potential which we’re delighted has now been realised, this resulted in the club being voted the best club in South Yorkshire by Your Golfer magazine. We achieved that by ensuring the course is presented in the best condition at all times. This is helped by the use of Toro equipment and getting the most out of the machines, keeping them in the best possible condition and when new technology arises, taking advantage of that.”

Electric Power for Dore and Totley Golf Club:

Dore and Totley course manager, Peter Dowden, seated, with Tony Dodson, area sales manager for Yorkshire Turf Machinery.

Peter is of course referring to the technological advances that have brought electric power to the game, without compromising on productivity, quality of cut or the bottom line: “As soon as one of the frontline greensmowers needed replacing it was a done deal that it would be the Toro eTriFlex 3370 we brought in. I have been focussed on bringing about the best possible return on investment for the club and we run a very efficient operation.

“One of the first things I did was invest in Toro’s fairway machines and Sidewinders so we can go right over the edges of the bunkers, reducing the time spent strimming. These machines are incredibly efficient and have saved so much time. We outsource our bunker brushing now too, that’s done by two students nine hours a week over three days. It makes economic sense for the three-man greens team to be working on things that utilise their skills in other areas.

“In addition, the board decided to use my sports maintenance company to supply the machines (Toro of course) and the staff to do all the rough cutting, which means the club doesn’t have to cover the outlay for the machines or the additional maintenance costs associated with them.

“All these changes have added up to an increase in income for the club and reduced costs, giving the best return on investment,” says Peter. “It made complete sense to choose Toro’s eTriFlex 3370. With the full support of the directors, who are determined to keep moving the club forward, the environmental benefits are important. However, this machine will save us money in the long run, on fuel, running and maintenance costs. There is a slight increase in the monthly outlay, but that is off-set by the increase in quality and service the eTriFlex brings.

“The quietness of the electric motor allows the greens team to start cutting earlier in the morning without affecting our neighbours, allowing more playing time due to extra tee times being available at the start of the day. The benefits we can bring to our members by getting them out on the course earlier is worth it and the quality of cut is outstanding.”

The machine was delivered by Yorkshire Turf Machinery, a sales division of Toro dealer Cheshire Turf Machinery, and managing director Steve Halley says: “This is the fourth electric greensmower we’ve sold. Despite economic uncertainty and tightening of budgets, people see the value this kind of technology can bring.”

Peter says of the relationship between dealer and club: “We do all the servicing and maintenance of the machines and a significant contributing factor as to why we continue to choose Toro is the availability of parts. I know that if we need help or advice it’s on the end of the phone with Steve and the team at Yorkshire Turf Machinery. If we’ve taken apart a machine and need a part, we’ll have it in under 72 hours. It’s so convenient. Ordering is direct with Toro distributor Reesink online via a mobile phone.”

It really has been a mutual effort at Dore and Totley as Peter finishes by saying: “The whole greens team, all the club’s committees and Steve Roberts, the professional and his team, have been working hard to take the club forward both on and off the course. The improvements have brought in new members as well as increased numbers of visitors and societies.”

For a team of three plus Peter and a 22-hole course that never closes, it’s imperative Peter has a machinery brand and partners he can rely on to get the job done and the numbers prove that Peter has the dream team at Dore and Totley. Something he’s very proud to have achieved for his home club he’s been playing at since the age of 12!

 

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ICL integral to fairways recovery

ICL integral to fairways recovery

ICL integral to fairways recovery : Ian Cambridge, Course Manager at Saffron Walden Golf Club in Cambridge, has revealed how the correct advice, seed, and nutritional products from ICL have been integral in helping the fairways recover from drought.

The infamous drought of 2018 proved to be problematic for greenkeepers and course managers throughout the UK and Ian Cambridge was no exception.

ICL integral to fairways recovery

“Back in the summer of 2018, like most golf courses, we lost a high proportion of our grass sward on the fairways due to the drought,” he said. “We had overseeded in the spring of 2019 without great success and the fairways were quite poor through the early part of the season.”

Looking for a solution, Ian contacted ICL and Andrew Pledger (Technical Area Sales Manager) visited the East Anglian club. He and Ian walked around the course looking at the conditions and probed into the soil to see what could be done. It was at this point that Andrew suggested a programmed approach which centred around ICL’s recently launched Vitalnova Links bio-stimulant.

Vitalnova Links consists of a unique combination of concentrated seaweed extract Vitalnova SeaMax and the proven biostimulant Vitalnova Blade. In turn, the formulation brings together and accentuates the benefits of both products.

Vitalnova Links was combined with a wetting agent and 8kg of a water soluble 35-0-5 fertilizer.

Andrew also advised, that due to not having any irrigation capacity, Ian should not overseed again until the autumn. This time, however, Andrew recommended that Ian use a multi-blend mixture consisting of rye, fescue and SSMG (Smooth Stalk Meadow Grass).

“The grass species that we lost the most of was the fescue and we were unsure of what we should do,” said Ian. “However, Andrew explained that by using a blend of three different species we would be spreading our bets a bit more with any future drought.

“The nutritional and wetting agent programme had actually helped with some natural ingress of our existing sward. This helped lower the amount of seed that we needed to use in our overseeding that autumn and it was a great help with lowering the costs. The seed mix we chose was the ICL ProSelect 2 Tees/Fairways mix and we had great germination success.”

ProSelect 2 Tees/Fairways is proving to be an extremely popular choice with golf courses throughout the UK and beyond. The mixture is a blend of fine fescues and perennial ryegrass which creates a turf surface that can recover strongly from divoting.

The blend contains Traction smooth-stalked meadow grass and Torsion TRT perennial ryegrass to provide rhizomatous and Turf Repairing Tiller (TRT) growth for extra durability and recovery from divots. It is renowned for providing great colour, all-round disease tolerance and close mowing tolerance.

The new nutritional programme and seed were put to the test in 2020 when the drought inevitably returned.

“In the spring of 2020, the fairways were filling in very nicely, however, the conditions became very droughty once again,” said Ian. “The difference this time was that we were already on a wetting agent and nutritional programme, and yes the turf browned off but when the rain returned in August the sward came straight back.

“Our over-seeding requirements were reduced, we believe, due to the choice of the quality seed and the advice from Andrew on our nutritional programme.”

Please contact ICL on 01473 237100 or visit www.icl-sf.co.uk or www.icl-sf.ie if you are in Ireland.

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Greenkeeper gets legs waxed for charity

Greenkeeper gets legs waxed for charity: Greenkeeper Brian Dunne shouted something beginning with f when he got his legs waxed and it wasn’t fore!

Read the full article from Limerick Leader here

Greenkeeper gets legs waxed for charity

Greenkeeper gets legs waxed for charity

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Greenkeeper retires after 47 years

Greenkeeper retires after 47 years: Clonmel Golf Club greenkeeper Sean Harte is retiring in 2021 after a fantastic 47 years of loyal service.

Read the full article from Tipperary Live here

Greenkeeper retires after 47 years

Greenkeeper retires after 47 years

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New business for renowned greenkeeper

New business for renowned greenkeeper: Chris Haspell, formerly course manager at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Scotland, and project manager of the ill-fated Coul Links project near Royal Dornoch has launched a turf and golf business consultancy.

Chris Haspell & Associates aims to help golf clubs across the world deal with turf, construction, ecological and machinery issues, among other services. Haspell, who has 35 years in the industry and has already consulted at clubs including North Berwick and St Enodoc, originally made his name at Horsholm Golf in Denmark, where he led a reconstruction of the 27-hole complex.

New business for renowned greenkeeper

New business for renowned greenkeeper

Recently, as well as leading the attempt to build Coul Links for developers Todd Warnock and Mike Keiser, Haspell has project managed the construction of the New course at Les Bordes in France for architect Gil Hanse, with whom he first worked at Castle Stuart. “We were completely confident that in our absence, due to the pandemic, the grow-in would proceed magnificently, and it has! We cannot recommend him highly enough,” said Hanse.

As well as his own consulting business, Haspell is continuing to work with American super-developer Mike Keiser on a number of projects – he has consulted on the growing of fescue at a number of Keiser’s projects, including Bandon Dunes in Oregon and Cabot Cliffs in Canada. “Chris Haspell has that rare magic touch with all things golf,” said Keiser.

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