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Apprentice Greenkeeper Dunstable Downs Golf Club

Opportunity to join an experienced and friendly greenkeeping team, maintaining the county’s oldest most recognised golf course. Responsible for the daily set up and maintenance of the golf course all year round.

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Closing date: 10 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday through to Friday. 6am - 2.30pm (including 30 minute paid break). Will be required to work alternate Saturdays 6am - 8am (overtime paid at 2 x hourly rate).

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    20 Aug 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

A team of 6 make up the greenkeeping department.

Responsible for the daily set up and maintenance of the golf course all year round. Reporting to a management committee we provide the club members with the best possible conditions for golfing.

Duties will include: 

  • This will include renovation of the irrigation system, general grounds maintenance, which will include, aeration, tree surgery, daily cutting and other various tasks
  • Apprentices will also get to see how to build and maintain greens and learn from various visiting experts and agronomists that come to the course frequently
  • Apprentices will get the opportunity in the wintertime to learn how to maintain and service turf machinery
  • Apprentices will also learn how to properly present a golf course for tournaments and provide exceptional playing surfaces
  • Routine maintenance such as bunker maintenance and small general renovations will also be included

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • The apprentice is required to be physically fit with excellent listening skills and attention to detail 
  • Also an advantage to be mechanically minded and enthusiastic about the role

Personal qualities

  • The apprentice must be reliable and able to cope with the early start times, motivated and interested in landscaping
  • Punctuality and the ability to follow instructions is vital

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE English and maths grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent 

Future prospects

Progression to senior greenkeeper following completion of apprenticeship. Greenkeeping is a recognised trade all over the world, so you could take your skills and work in Australia, USA etc.

Things to consider

Consider the location of the golf course - are you able to travel? The start times are early, so you must be able to arrive on time. Consider the availability of public transport if you do not drive. Golf is a sport played all year round, therefore you will be outside all year round - sun, wind, rain etc.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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About the employer

Dunstable Downs golf club is situated in Bedfordshire and has a unique 18 hole course. The 100 year old golf course is situated two miles south west of Dunstable, on the Whipsnade Road, high on the crest of the Chiltern Hills nearly 800 feet above sea level. The Downs is famous as a beauty spot and viewpoint with a panorama taking in seven counties. The bracing air and the glorious downland turf, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, makes it an ideal spot for golf.


Dunstable Downs Golf Club


Whipsnade Road



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Oaklands College


Abbie Willis 01727 737378

  • Training provided to achieve Golf Greenkeeper Level 2 - ST0209

Apprenticeship standard

Golf greenkeeper

Level 2 (GCSE)

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