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Apprentice Golf Greenkeeper Cowdray Park Golf Club

A spectacular undulating and free draining championship course, boasting a full membership base. The role will be to assist the Course Manager and greenkeeping team in all aspects of greenkeeping of the golf course and other communal areas around the clubhouse.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Monthly wage


  • Working week

    Seasonal, 9 hours in the Summer, 7 hours in the Winter. Shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 38.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    01 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • Complete training on each machine and all equipment undertaken
  • Course set up - strimming, weeding & raking bunkers
  • Moving on to using the rough, fairway and greens mowers to present the course to the highest possible level
  • Basic maintenance of all equipment, including maintaining the driving range and buggy fleet
  • Ensuring the communal areas around the clubhouse are maintained to a high standard
  • A high level of health and safety required for each role

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Own transport due to remote location
  • A high level of working on own initiative and a self-starter
  • Awareness and safety
  • Working to a high standard and good attention to detail
  • An interest in the game of golf is preferred

Personal qualities

  • Team player
  • Honest
  • Trustworthy
  • Punctual

Desired qualifications

None specified.

Future prospects

  • A career pathway towards qualified greenkeeping here at Cowdray could form part of the future
  • Membership to BIGGA

Things to consider

  • Paid holiday, 24 days inclusive of Bank Holidays
  • Overtime
  • Full golf playing rights

About the employer

Cowdray Golf is an 18 hole Championship year-round course in the heart of Sussex.

Golf has been played on our scenic course for well over a century. Its combination of sandy soil with the latest irrigation and sprinkler systems, means superb conditions can be maintained even in wet weather making it a true all year-round course.

Cowdray Golf celebrated its 110th birthday in 2014. The club is a proprietary business with membership at the core. Its key aim is to combine excellent facilities with friendly service and a warm welcome to all.


Cowdray Park Golf Club


Cowdray Park Golf Club


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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Plumpton College


Alice Hutchinson 01273 892127

  • Level 2 Golf Greenkeeper Apprenticeship Standard

A Golf Greenkeeper is responsible for the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course.

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.

At the start of the apprenticeship the apprentice will be registered with the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA). At the end of the apprenticeship, successful apprentices will be eligible to join BIGGA as a full member and become an accredited greenkeeper.


  • Preparing the golf course for play
  • Preparing and using specialist equipment to maintain and renovate turf surfaces
  • Applying turf treatments and controlling weeds, fungal diseases, pests and turf disorders
  • Maintaining and renovating bunkers
  • Maintaining drainage and irrigation systems
  • How to identify plants and trees
  • Soil and plant biology
  • Basic computer skills


  • Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Level 1 in maths and English (if applicable)


Online and in college fortnightly delivery. A mix of online and practical learning at our Plumpton campus which will include skills and knowledge assessment, qualification quarterly workplace competency and efficiency observation and assessments.

Apprenticeship standard

Golf greenkeeper

Level 2 (GCSE)

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