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    Golf Greenkeeper Standard

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    Horticulture: Gardening and Landscape Design

    A Golf Greenkeeper is responsible for the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course in line with employer’s requirements.

    Course Information

    • Qualification: NEW STANDARD Golf Greenkeeper
    • Start Date: 14/05/2019
    • Duration: 24 Months
    • Campus: Easton, Otley
    • Entry requirements: As an academic qualification, apprenticeships ideally require maths and English GCSE grades 9 – 4 (A*- C) Students who don’t meet our stated entry requirements, those awaiting GCSE/GCSE retake grades, or mature students e.g. who can’t find GCSE results will be offered an appointment to come into college (Easton or Otley campus) and sit an online assessment. The required achievement grade is BKSB Level 1 or above but we will consider an Entry 3 grade if the student shows commitment to continue their maths and English learning. Any student coming out below Entry 3 grade will not be accepted onto an apprenticeship programme. If the entry requirements are not achieved we will discuss and support you in looking at alternative options.

    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. Using a range of equipment and machinery safely and competently will play a major part within an apprentices training programme. Golf Greenkeepers will also be involved in hazard, environmental and ecological operations which may include bunker maintenance, planting turf, trees, shrubs and developing wildlife habitats. The skills required to become a competent greenkeeper will be acquired whilst working on the golf course.

    By the end of the programme, the apprentice will know when, how and why the range of maintenance operations are carried out.

    The career as a Golf Greenkeeper can take you wherever the game of golf is played. Working outdoors in a healthy environment and as new countries are embracing the sport and more golf courses are being built, there is no better time to consider joining this great profession.


    Maintenance Skills:

    A Golf Greenkeeper must be able to:

    • Maintain good standards of health and safety for self and others
    • Preparing the golf course for play which will include removing early morning dew and debris from the greens, raking bunkers, moving tee markers, cutting new holes on greens
    • Preparing and using equipment and machinery to maintain and renovate all turf surfaces within the golf course, including the use of tractors, ride-on machines, and specialist equipment
    • Apply turf treatments to help produce quality playing surfaces, including fertilisers and top dressing
    • Using a variety of integrated methods to control weeds, fungal diseases, pests and turf disorders
    • Maintain and renovate bunkers and other hazards such as water features
    • Maintain drainage and irrigation systems
    • Preparing ground to establish turf and plants when maintaining, renovating and constructing golf course features

    Knowledge and Understanding:

    A Golf Greenkeeper must understand the following technical knowledge:

    • Identify their role in monitoring and maintaining health and safety within the workplace
    • Identification of a number of grasses, weeds, pests, diseases, turf disorders, plants and trees
    • The primary aspects of soil and plant biology to include the process of germination – photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration
    • The principles of mowing and machine maintenance and their operation
    • The need and implications of rolling, verti-cutting, scarification and aeration
    • The strategies for controlling weeds, pests, diseases and turf disorders
    • How fertilisers, top dressing and chemicals affect playing surfaces
    • How course maintenance practices affect the environment
    • Basic information technology
    • Be aware of the importance of the Rules of Golf and golf course etiquette
    • Recognise the importance of environmental and ecological best practice
    • The operation of irrigation, drainage systems and their maintenance

    The Behaviours of a Golf Greenkeeper:

    Golf club employers are very customer focused and require their apprentices to have a set of personal skills and behaviours that will ensure success in their current and future roles as an individual and in meeting the company’s aims and objectives.

    The behaviours required by golf club employees will be:

    • Have a strong work ethic including pride in work, attention to detail, integrity and time management
    • Have a flexible positive attitude to work
    • Ability to work as a lone worker and as a member of a team
    • A willingness to learn and contribute to their own continuing professional development
    • Having a safety mindset for self, colleagues and golfers
    • A clear and effective communicator who can use a variety of communication methods to give/receive information accurately and in a timely and positive manner
    • Problem solving and effective decision making

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    FAQs

    Applications for Further Education full time, access to HE, apprenticeships and part time courses are made online. Go on to the relevant course page and click on the 'Apply Now' button to start the application process. Applications for short courses are made by contacting the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556. Higher Education programme applications should be made via UCAS in the first instance, UCAS website

    For students resident in England and aged 18 and under on 31 August, before they are due to start their course in September, then your full time course fees are fully funded. For students aged 19 and over, and those looking to study a short course, please contact the College Admissions Team for more details on 08000 224556.

    There are buses from all over Norfolk and Suffolk which will drop students off at college. For details of bus routes and other transport options, please see the 'Easton Transport Information' link or Otley Transport Information .

    Once we receive your application for your course we will check your details and any grades/predicted grades to make sure that you meet any entry requirements. The College Admissions Team will then contact you to arrange your interview with a course tutor. If you are successful at your interview then you will be offered a place on your chosen course or if the tutor feels that you may be suited to another course they will advise you of this.

    We will then invite you to attend a Keep in Touch day held in early July where you can come on to campus, meet your tutors and other students hoping to study the same course, gain some campus familiarisation, learn more about your course, do some activities and ask any questions that you may have.

    Enrolment commences once GCSE results are released, you will be sent details regarding completing your enrolment in July, advising of a date and time.

    Once you have successfully completed your enrolment you will receive your timetable and confirmation of your course start date.

    You don't need to let the college know your GCSE results, instead you should attend your enrolment appointment, which will have been sent to you beforehand. Please bring all exam results with you so that we can make sure you have met the entry requirements for your course.

    Don't panic if you haven't got the grades for your chosen course, we will always try and find a suitable course for you. We will be able to offer you an alternative course in the same or similar subject area. We will do this when you attend for your enrolment where there will also be course tutors on hand to speak to you about your course options.

    If you have done better than predicted then we can also change your course offer to the most appropriate level. Again this is all done at enrolment.

    We strongly encourage all students to source their own work placement however we are aware that sometimes this can be difficult. We have work placement coordinators who can help you find your work placement and ensure that all students are able to fulfill this requirement. More information will be provided to you prior to you starting your course. Please see Work Placement for more information.

    The college term dates can found using the following link; https://www.eastonotley.ac.uk/for-students


    College officially starts back on the first full week of September however not all courses will start on the Monday. You will advised of your actual start date at enrolment.

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support