Kickstart Role – Greenkeeping Assistant

Website Durham City Golf Club

One of England's oldest inland clubs

Contracted Hours:

25 Hours per week

Working Pattern:

Hours vary weekly between Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm.

Hourly Rate:

National Minimum Wage based on age

Job Placement Summary :

About us:

Durham City Golf Club is one of England’s oldest inland clubs having been inaugurated in the historic cathedral city in 1887. We are a traditional golf club with modern standards, taking a relaxed and welcoming stance to all members and visitors. The course offers a challenge for golfers of all abilities; the subtly sloped greens and gentle terrain make it a testing but always enjoyable challenge.

Role purpose:

We are looking for a greenkeeper who is responsible for the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course. It is their job to maintain a good playing surface and ensure the course offers a consistent challenge and an enjoyable experience to golfers. There are four key areas on a golf course – tees, fairways, greens and areas of rough – each of which requires a different type of maintenance. Greenkeepers are often also responsible for the maintenance and planting of trees, shrubs and flower beds.

They tour the course at the start of the day in order to prepare the course for play. This can require very early starts to ensure the best playing surfaces are available on a daily basis. Greenkeepers also need to be constantly aware of golfers on the course, making sure their work does not interfere with play, and must keep health and safety at the forefront of all their activities.

Essential skills, experience and qualifications:

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Mowing turf using tractors, ride-on machines and specialist hand mowers.
  • Treating turf to ensure consistent playing surfaces.
  • Using environmentally friendly treatments to control weeds, fungal diseases and pests when instructed to do so by supervisors or management.
  • Renovating and maintaining bunkers and other hazards such as water features.
  • Removing early morning dew and debris from the greens.
  • Repairing wear and tear caused by golfers and animals such as moles and rabbits.
  • Responding to enquiries and dealing with any golfers in line with current responsibilities and management guidance.
  • Attending to drainage problems.
  • Applying irrigation.
  • Cutting new holes on greens.
  • Planting and pruning trees and shrubs as required.
  • Operating and maintaining machinery and tools.
  • Interest and knowledge of golf would be desirable.

There are no firm requirements for this position, but experience on a golf course is highly valued.

What’s in it for you:

  • First aid / Fire safety and Health and safety training provided.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Opportunity for full time work.
  • Staff uniform provided.
  • Appealing work environment.

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