Posts

Qualified Greenkeeper

Candidates are sought to join an enthusiastic team in the lead up to the hosting of the 153rd Open Championship in 2025.

Qualified Greenkeeper

Qualified Greenkeeper

Royal Portrush Golf Club, founded in 1888 and remodelled by H.S.Colt in 1929 and again by McKenzie and Ebert in 2015, has hosted numerous Championships the most recent of which, the 148th Open Championship in 2019.

A member’s club, consisting of Dunluce and Valley championship links along with our par 3 “Skerries” course and extensive practice areas.

Dunluce is consistently rated in the world’s top 10 courses and the Valley is ranked in Irelands top 40 courses.

An opportunity to work and learn as part of a large team, striving for perfection.

Candidates must be self-motivated, enthusiastic with a good attitude, tidy, with an eye for detail and be able to work as part of a large team, some weekend work is expected.

What we offer:

  • Being involved with the lead up to, and delivery of the world’s oldest and most prestigious professional golf championship, the 153rd Open Championship, viewed by over 600 million people worldwide.
  • On-site training using the latest equipment
  • Training courses and tournament experience
  • 30 days holiday’s (including public holidays)
  • Paid Over-time
  • Full PPE supplied
  • Competitive pay within the UK
  • Private Healthcare
  • Staff Membership which enables play on play both Dunluce and Valley Links

The successful applicant will ideally have:

  • Minimum NVQ level 2
  • 3-years’ experience in a similar environment
  • Pa1, Pa2 & Pa6 advantageous

Please send CV and covering letter to andrea@royalportrushgolfclub.com

Assistant Greenkeeper

A prestigious club working towards becoming a top 100 golf club in England, Edgbaston is a beautiful parkland golf course. It was designed by renowned architect Harry S. Colt and sits beside Edgbaston Pool, a glorious ornamental 11-acre lake with abundant birdlife. The course has sweeping, tree-lined fairways and tight, pristine greens make the course a joy to play as it winds through the magnificent grounds of Edgbaston Hall.

Assistant Greenkeeper

Assistant Greenkeeper

This is an exciting opportunity as the golf club are heavily investing in course projects such as a major bunker restoration project, extensive drainage projects and a tree management program. You will also be part of an excellent team and help manage the magnificent SSSI site which is also working towards becoming GEO certified in sustainability.

The club are also proud to be hosting the New Zealand commonwealth games team in the clubhouse and on course when the games arrive to Birmingham in 2022.

A competitive salary will be offered and up for negotiation dependent upon experience and qualifications.

A superb opportunity to continue career progression and personal development.

If joining our fantastic team appeals to you, then please email your current CV to

coursemanager@edgbastongc.co.uk

Head Greenkeeper

Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club are currently recruiting for a JH Taylor Course Head Greenkeeper

This is a supervisory and participative role.  The successful candidate will report directly to the Courses Manager and provide daily support to the JH Taylor Course Senior/First Asst Greenkeeper.

Head Greenkeeper

Head Greenkeeper

This is an exciting opportunity for an authoritative, disciplined, professional Greenkeeper to oversee and influence the daily presentation and conditioning of our JH Taylor course.

The principal responsibility in this position is to manage the daily momentum and effectiveness of all practical greenkeeping activities and have a medium-term view of on-course operations in consideration of the Club Diary and competitions fixture-list.

To compete for this position, you will have the necessary presence and communication skills to promote consistently high standards of productivity.  The role requires that you constantly control what is going well and contribute to identifying how the golf courses can be even better with proposals for applying new and relevant efficiencies and innovations.  You will stand or fall on your ability to engage and communicate with your Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club peers and colleagues and commitment to our seven-day-a-week operation during the peaks of the Club Competition season.

The essential requirements to be considered for this position are,

  • Minimum of three years’ experience in a mid-level supervisory management position
  • Practical greenkeeping skills, qualified technical awareness and minimum qualifications of an Sportsturf NVQ Level3 or equivalent
  • An intent to progress onwards to more academic HND and FdSc turfgrass science & horticulture education
  • PA1, 2 and 6 spraying certificates
  • A broad understanding of managing a golf course in a Parkland environment

The desirable key-skills to add-value to an application include, but are not limited to,

  • Being a former student of the Ohio State Turfgrass Interns Program
  • Experience of course set-up, turf conditioning and presentation for professional golf events
  • Current enrolment on the CMAE Management Development Programme
  • Knowledge of POGO moisture meters. POGO weather stations and POGO Turf Pro software
  • Knowledge of Bailoy GTI irrigation systems operating software
  • Ability to play golf to a reasonable standard

The position offers an attractive salary package, CPD allowance and career progression opportunities.

All applications with a CV and cover-letter to, coursemanager@rmsgc.co.uk, or by post to,

Gavin Kinsella.  Courses Manager
Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club
Old Deer Park
Richmond
Surrey.  TW9 2SB

Applications close: 29th October 2021

Interviews: Week-commencing 1st November 2021

Proposed start-date: January 2022

Assistant Greenkeeper

Following an extremely successful year Leyland Golf Club is looking for an enthusiastic and capable person to add their individuality to the team. There are great times ahead for the club, including centenary year in 2024.

Assistant Greenkeeper

Assistant Greenkeeper

Applicants will need:

Essential:      

  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Committed to Health & Safety practices.
  • NVQ II Sportsturf or equivalent.
  • 2 to 3 years’ experience.

Desirable:      

  • Chainsaw Use Certificates.
  • PA1, PA2A, PA6 spraying certificates.

The role is for assistant greenkeeper reporting to the Course Manager. 40 hours annualised split over a summer and winter period, weekends and Bank Holidays worked on a rota with some extra weekends for important Club competitions.

Benefits:        

  • Weekends and Bank Holiday paid as overtime.
  • BIGGA membership and training opportunities.
  • Pension Scheme.

Please apply in the first instance to: Scott Reeves, Course Manager. – scott@leylandgolfclub.co.uk

Closing date:
19th October

Greenkeeper retires after 43 years

Greenkeeper retires after 43 years: Cochrane Castle Golf Course head greenkeeper Lachie McGill is leaving the club after more than four decades of ensuring its fairways and greens remained in superb condition.

Read the full article from the Daily Record here

Greenkeeper retires after 43 years

Greenkeeper retires after 43 years

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

‘Thank A Greenkeeper Day’ returns

‘Thank A Greenkeeper Day’ returns: The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) is joining other organisations across golf to offer a message of thanks to greenkeepers and sports turf professionals on Tuesday 14 September 2021.

For the second year running, BIGGA is working alongside other global greenkeeping and superintendent groups to recognise those who help golf courses enjoyable and sustainable. Thank A Greenkeeper Day will take place on 14 September and will encourage those who love golf to take a moment or two to thank their golf course’s greenkeeping team.

‘Thank A Greenkeeper Day’ returns

‘Thank A Greenkeeper Day’ returns

In 2020, the hashtag #ThankAGreenkeeper trended within the top 10 of UK topics on social media throughout the day as celebrities, professional golfers and countless others offered messages of thanks to their greenkeepers and groundsmen. Some clubs even laid on hot breakfasts or meals for their teams!

In addition to BIGGA, other groups taking part in the global event include the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA), the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) and the Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations (FEGGA). All together the groups represent more than 31,000 golf course management professionals in 78 countries around the world.

The celebration will include a commercial that will appear on the Golf Channel and other media outlets and social media messages touting the many ways that greenkeepers benefit the game and their communities’ golfers. Golf fans are invited to join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #ThankAGreenkeeper or #ThankASuper, depending on the country’s nomenclature.

In addition, golf courses and other groups are encouraged to provide special recognition for their course manager and greenkeeping staff on 14 September.

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

Student Greenkeeper of the Year finalists

Student Greenkeeper of the Year finalists: After a year’s hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards are returning for 2021, with the search on to find the country’s best up-and-coming greenkeepers.

Each year the awards enable BIGGA, the UK’s only membership association for golf greenkeepers, to work alongside turf maintenance equipment manufacturer Toro and distributor Reesink Turfcare to celebrate the next generation of talented and dedicated greenkeepers.

Student Greenkeeper of the Year finalists

Student Greenkeeper of the Year finalists

A record 49 nominees from across the United Kingdom participated in regional interviews. These candidates were nominated by their employers or colleague tutors and from those candidates a final 12 have been chosen to contest the grand final this September.

For the first time, the finals of the awards will take place at Celtic Manor Resort, providing an incredible backdrop to the event and giving the opportunity for the finalists to learn more and be inspired by the maintenance of the championship venue.

September’s event will be the 32nd staging of the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards and just the fifth time the Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award, open to greenkeepers aged 21 or under, will take place. To be eligible to take part, candidates must be registered on a qualifying greenkeeping qualification and must be nominated by their course manager or college tutor.

The Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year finalists are:

  1. Leon Brant, assistant greenkeeper at Wexham Park Golf Club
  2. John Le Cappelain, apprentice greenkeeper at Royal Jersey Golf Club
  3. Daryn Curtis, greenkeeper at Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club
  4. Matthew McCreadie, greenkeeper at Daventry & District Golf Club
  5. Matthew Milligan, first assistant at Rudding Park Golf Club
  6. Michael Russell, greenkeeper and ecology manager at Preston Golf Club

The Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year finalists are:

  1. Rhian Barton, apprentice greenkeeper at The Wisley Golf Club
  2. Greg Manson, apprentice greenkeeper at Mortonhall Golf Club
  3. Callum Marjoribanks, apprentice greenkeeper at Mortonhall Golf Club
  4. Ross McKie, apprentice greenkeeper at St Andrews Links
  5. Will Pallister, apprentice greenkeeper at Cleckheaton & District Golf Club
  6. Cameron Shanks, apprentice greenkeeper at Bothwell Castle Golf Club

The Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year winner will receive an eight-week all expenses-paid scholarship to America when restrictions allow, including a six-week residential turf management study course at the University of Massachusetts, a trip to the Golf Industry Show in San Diego, California, and a visit to Toro manufacturing facilities.

The Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year winner will receive a work experience placement at the exclusive Vidauban Golf Club in southern France. They will also receive a trip to Continue to Learn at BTME and enjoy a five-night package that includes hotel, four days of education, travel and £125 expenses, plus a Toro training voucher.

Sami Strutt, head of learning & development at BIGGA, said: “I was delighted to learn that a record number of student greenkeepers had been nominated for this year’s award, especially after the challenges of the past year. For so many employers and tutors to recognise the commitment of the students, despite the difficulties we have all faced, is testament to what a wonderful industry we are working in. There can be no better introduction to the greenkeeping community than a nomination for these awards and, these 12 finalists should be incredibly proud of everything they have achieved thus far.

“Taking place in the grand setting of Celtic Manor Resort, this year’s finals will be unlike any other and I can’t wait to meet everyone this September for what stands to be a wonderful few days. My thanks go to Toro and Reesink Turfcare for their continued support and also thanks go to everyone who took part or nominated a candidate this year.”

David Cole, Reesink Turfcare managing director and award sponsor, said: “From the interviewing process to identify our finalists, we can take that the greenkeeping profession continues to be in bright and focused hands. Reesink Turfcare and Toro’s long support of this educational award is constantly rewarded by the enthusiasm, career passion and commitment to personal development that we come across every year. That is the significant element that sustains these long-standing, career-enhancing awards.”

The Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year finals take place at Celtic Manor Resort on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 September 2021.

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters

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

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

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!

 

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.

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.

For more news and insightful views, you can follow ICL on Twitter @ICL_Turf

For the latest industry news visit turfmatters.co.uk/news

Get all of the big headlines, pictures, opinions and videos on stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for fun, fresh and engaging content.

You can also find us on Facebook for more of your must-see news, features, videos and pictures from Turf Matters.