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.
The Advanced Golf Greenkeeper encompasses various job titles and technical specialisms.
The apprenticeship is designed to provide the greenkeeper with the skills and knowledge to operate at an advanced level where supervisory and/or specialist technical and agronomic skills are required.
Upon completion the advanced greenkeeper will have the necessary skills to supervise the greenkeeping team and the maintenance of the golf course, in the absence of the Head Greenkeeper/Golf Course Manager, and will assist in the planning, supervising and implementing the maintenance, care and overall appearance of a golf course in line with the employer’s requirements.
Successful completion of the apprenticeship provides accreditation to British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA).
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