Apprentice Greenkeeper WALTON HEATH GOLF CLUB

We are interested in hearing from individuals who are passionate, ambitious, driven and hardworking who are interested in starting a career in the sports turf industry and who will help push the course and the club forward. The ideal candidate will be willing to work in all weather conditions and on weekends on a rota basis.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £9 per hour - £11.50 per hour. Overtime earning potential. Annual bonus and salary review schemes. Pension contribution. 28 days holiday per annum. Educational opportunities. Uniform & PPE. Lunch on duty. The opportunity to play the Courses.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday; 9.00am to 5.00pm, shifts, may work weekends. 40 hours per week plus overtime.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    4 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

You will be working within a team of 16 Greenkeepers initially working on basic Greenkeeping duties and then being introduced to all golf course equipment and machinery. By working within a team over time you will gain experience and be involved in all areas of golf course maintenance and management.

You must be prepared for early mornings and working in all weather conditions. The work is physically challenging, and a good level of fitness will be advantageous. You will work with and be trained by successful Greenkeepers with many years of experience in varied roles within the Greenkeeping industry.

Your job role will include:

  • Golf course preparation
  • A range of mowing
  • Presenting and maintaining playing surfaces for golf
  • Using and maintaining handheld/pedestrian/ride - on machinery
  • Preparing and operating a tractor and attachments
  • Renovating and repairing sports turf surfaces
  • Preparing the ground for grass/plants
  • Establishing grass/plants
  • Monitoring and maintaining health, safety and security
  • Establishing working relationships
  • Developing your personal performance


The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Golf Greenkeeping Apprenticeship Standard qualification
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths & English (if required)
  • One day a week for theory and practical at Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA)

Your training:

During your time Walton Heath Golf Club, you will be gaining technical knowledge and collating evidence of learning, be observed and receive training as to how the golf course operates.

This is averaged over a 15 – 24-month period and includes time spent at the beginning of the programme completing your enrolment & initial functional skills assessments. 

A qualified Greenkeeping Assessor will visit you in the workplace every four to eight weeks. 

You will study for a Level 2 Certificate in Golf Greenkeeping on a day release or online programme.

You will carry out an End Point Assessment to complete your training and gain your qualification.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

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.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness, Willingness to learn, Safety mindset


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade A/8 - E/2) Desired

Things to consider

This work is physical and will require you to work in and outdoors in all weathers. You might have contact with members so will need to have a polite manner.

About the employer

Founded in 1903, Walton Heath is home to two Herbert Fowler designed courses, both of which are highly rated and amongst the best in the UK. The Club has hosted many national and international events including the 1981 Ryder Cup, 2011 Senior Open and the AIG Women’s Open in 2023. The Club currently has a full membership with over 900 members of all categories.







KT20 7TP

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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Business Services

01753 443855

Apprenticeship standard

Golf greenkeeper

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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