How to Become a Greenkeeper
A golf course Greenkeeper is a skilled professional whose job it is to maintain a high-quality playing surface for golfers all year round.
There are four key areas on a golf course - tees, fairways, greens, and areas of rough – all of which require a different type of maintenance.
A Greenkeepers main responsibilities include – Operation of heavy machinery and specialist tools, applying irrigation, treating turf, controlling and identifying weeds and pests, repairing wear and tear on the course, attending to drainage problems and renovating and maintaining bunkers to a high level.
A job in greenkeeping can be rewarding, it also has many different areas where your expertise can be applied, once you are qualified. Becoming a golf course greenkeeper in particular means that you can find a job in most countries if you fancy seeing other parts of the world. There are many golf courses and driving ranges located around the world with courses located on the coast, the countryside, or just outside bustling towns.
Greenkeeping is a physically active job requiring long periods of standing, bending and heavy lifting. The job is mostly spent outdoors and in all weather conditions. Some time may be spent indoors repairing machinery.
Greenkeepers work longer in the Spring and Summer months. Particularly in Summer, Greenkeepers may start work at around 6.00 am to carry out a variety of essential tasks before the course is fully open to golfers. Golf courses usually open seven days a week and weekend work is commonplace. Part-time work may also be accessible.
Where to start:
There are different routes you can take to becoming a fill-time greenkeeper. Apprenticeships and starting a full-time course are available options.
An apprenticeship is a first step to a greenkeeping career. Apprenticeships includes on and off-site structured learning and application of practical skills to ensure you gain the abilities and knowledge you need to continue progressing with your career.
Find out more about apprenticeships HERE
Learn more about the Level 2 Certificate in Golf Greenkeeping HERE (Currently only available in England)
Qualifications in the UK:
The Greenkeepers Training Committee (GTC) maintains a list of GTC Approved Training Providers. These colleges and training centers offer Government approved greenkeeping courses and qualifications that have been developed by the GTC, the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and other related organisations.
Find the closest provider to you with GTC’s course finder HERE.
Visit the Golf Jobs website to view the latest Greenkeeping vacancies.