Golf Greenkeeping Apprenticeship Level 2 NEW MILLS GOLF CLUB

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the team as an Apprentice Greenkeeper. The role will be varied and rewarding, you must be able to work in all weather conditions, be physically fit with the ability to follow oral and written instructions, as well as being able to start work early in the mornings, and sometimes work at weekends

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Closing date: 23 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary will be negotiable dependent on age

  • Working week

    6am - 2pm Monday to Thursday 6am - 12pm Friday

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Jun 2023

  • Date posted

    17 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Vacancy description:

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

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

A Golf Greenkeeper will be able to:

Maintain good standards of health and safety for self and others

Prepare 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

Prepare and use 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

Use 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

Prepare ground to establish turf and plants when maintaining, renovating and constructing golf course features

An Apprentice Golf Greenkeeper will develop and learn to understand the following technical knowledge:

Identify their role in monitoring and maintaining health and safety within the workplace

Identify 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

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

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Golf Greenkeeping Level 2

Off the job training will be with Oldham College one day a week

Level 1/2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required) 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Level 3 Greenkeeping Apprenticeship

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Punctual, Reliable


GCSE or equivalent 5 Subjects including English and Maths (Grade grades 9-4 (A*-C)) Essential

Things to consider

You must 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

About the employer

New Mills Golf Club is one of the friendliest and most welcoming clubs around. Situated above the town of New Mills in the beautiful Peak District it has stunning views towards Kinder Scout and over the Cheshire Plain.







SK22 4QE

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Training provider



Andrea Kearns

0161 785 4072

Apprenticeship standard

Golf greenkeeper

Level 2 (GCSE)

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