Hi, I have been a keen golfer since I was 6. Despite playing golf for over 30 years, it wasn’t until my friend became a Greenkeeper that I found out the profession existed.
I was asked this summer to help at my local course (Launceston) whilst a member of the team was off for 6 months. It was during this time that i started to appreciate how complex the profession was. I have been helping and carrying out various tasks from divoting, brushing, hedge trimming, hollow coring,
scarifying and cutting, well I guess you know the sorts of things.
I have had a great time working with the team there and enjoyed it.
The skill level you hold is often never better higlighted than when disease attacks and is quickly dealt with, or pieces of kit break and fixed at minimal cost.
I never knew what it was you did. Partly because you work from first light, preparing the course and then keep in front and out of the way of the golfers. I have been really impressed by what I have seen, and all this whilst trying to ensure the course stays within budget and attracts visitors and new members.
The levels of care taken is exceptional, and although this was highlighted to the public at the Ryder Cup, you guys prepare your courses to the highest possible standards for golfers of all abilities. How you remain motivated despite perhaps not being paid fortunes is something you should be proud of.
I wont miss the bin juice, and I wont miss the horizontal rain, but I’m glad to have had the “look in”
As a last note you should try to get a competition at the end of the season that is a chance for the members to say thanks. I am sure members would enjoy the event and would be happy for the proceeds to be shared between the Greenkeeping team. A nice little Christmas bonus! I’m sure if handled well it could become a highlight on the calendar.