Reference Quantity: ST0207

Particulars of ordinary

Occupation(s): Senior Greenkeeper/First Assistant Golf Greenkeeper/Deputy Head Greenkeeper/Deputy Golf Course Supervisor

Period of Apprenticeship: The apprentice would sometimes take 24 – 30 months to finish their training and coaching to develop into totally competent. Nonetheless, this perhaps diminished if an apprentice has already gained data and expertise engaged on a golf course in a supervisory and technical function.

Entry Necessities: Particular person employers will set their very own choice standards for their very own conditions. Usually a candidate getting into this apprenticeship would have greenkeeping expertise and will maintain a Degree 2 qualification in Greenkeeping or equal.

It is strongly recommended that an apprentice additionally achieves stage 1 ICT as a part of their apprenticeship (if not already achieved).

Apprentices who haven’t but achieved stage 2 English and maths must obtain it as a part of their apprenticeship.


The Superior Golf Greenkeeper encompasses varied job titles and technical specialisms. The apprenticeship is designed to offer the greenkeeper with the abilities and data to function at a sophisticated stage the place supervisory and/or specialist technical and agronomic expertise are required. Upon completion the superior greenkeeper may have the mandatory expertise to oversee the greenkeeping workforce and the upkeep of the golf course, within the absence of the Head Greenkeeper/Golf Course Supervisor, and can help within the planning, supervising and implementing the upkeep, care and total look of a golf course in keeping with the employer’s necessities.


An Superior Golf Greenkeeper should be capable of:

  • Report on the situation of the golf course to the Golf Course Supervisor and employer.
  • Allocate work and supervise the greenkeeping workforce in accordance with agreed upkeep plans.
  • Supervise the preparation of the golf course in accordance with the Guidelines of Golf.
  • Survey, gather, file and interpret information on the golf course together with soil and water evaluation.
  • Promote good environmental observe on the golf course.
  • Consider, plan and put together and set out websites for renovation on the golf course and the clubhouse surrounds.
  • Supervise, plan upkeep, development, restore and renovation initiatives on the golf course and clubhouse surrounds.
  • Estimate useful resource necessities and programme turf upkeep work on the golf course, in accordance with the course coverage doc.
  • Put together, set up and preserve golf course enjoying surfaces.
  • Supervise and perform the preparation, upkeep and storage of machines to be used.
  • Supervise and undertake the operation, upkeep and servicing of irrigation and drainage techniques.
  • Plan and supervise the management of weeds, pests and ailments on the golf course.
  • Promote, monitor and preserve well being, security and safety of self, workforce, others on the golf course and throughout the upkeep facility.
  • Perform threat assessments on the golf course and upkeep facility.
  • Contribute to the event and implementation of the upkeep budgets.
  • Talk info to greenkeepers, administration and golfers, utilising formal and casual strategies.
  • Supervise conferences and transient of the greenkeeping workforce.
  • Help with the coaching and mentoring of the greenkeeping workforce.
  • Use info expertise to help with efficient communication and file maintaining.
  • Handle their very own Persevering with Skilled Growth.

Information and Understanding:

An Superior Golf Greenkeeper should have the next technical data:

  • An understanding of key well being, security and environmental laws and rules to make sure a secure working surroundings for self, workforce and others, on the golf course and within the upkeep facility. 
  • Widespread facets of soil and plant biology to advertise finest practices to provide sustainable enjoying surfaces.
  • The best way to plan and implement upkeep, enchancment and renovation programmes for the golf course making the optimum use of human and bodily assets out there.
  • The best way to set up, service and function preserve an irrigation and drainage system.
  • The best way to function software program techniques to make sure efficient communication and file maintaining.
  • The significance of knowledge assortment and interpretation to make sure sustainable high quality enjoying surfaces.
  • Pay attention to the significance of the Guidelines of Golf, golf course etiquette and the way they affect on the enjoying of the sport of golf.
  • The best way to promote the significance of customer support to the greenkeeping workforce.
  • Determine the suitable type of communication (written, verbal, digital) and consider the most effective answer for various circumstances.
  • The significance of fine working relationships, wants of others and equality and variety of others on the golf facility.
  • Perceive all environmental and ecological finest observe to keep up a sustainable golf course.
  • The significance of private {and professional} growth.
  • Determine weeds, pests, ailments and issues and the simplest remedy methodology and the significance of file maintaining.
  • The best way to plan and implement equipment upkeep programmes and its affect on turf upkeep.
  • The best way to put together and host workforce conferences and the important thing fundamentals of efficient shows.

The Behaviours of an Superior Golf Greenkeeper:

Golf membership employers are very buyer targeted and require their employees to have a set of private expertise and behaviours that may guarantee success of their present and future roles as a person and in assembly the corporate’s goals and goals.

The behaviours required by golf membership workers are:

  • Guarantee a robust work ethic together with delight in work, consideration to element, integrity and good time administration.
  • Have a versatile, constructive angle to work.
  • Skill to work as a lone employee and as a member of a workforce.
  • A willingness to study and contribute to their very own persevering with skilled growth.
  • Guarantee a security mindset for self, colleagues and golfers.
  • A transparent and efficient communicator who can use a wide range of communication strategies to present/obtain info precisely and in a well timed and constructive method.
  • Downside fixing and efficient decision-making.
  • Signify the golf membership in knowledgeable method always.
  • Recognise and ship good customer support.

Skilled Recognition and Profession Development:

This customary is recognised by the British & Worldwide Golf Greenkeepers Affiliation (BIGGA), the Skilled Physique for Greenkeepers. At the beginning of the apprenticeship the apprentice shall be registered with BIGGA. Upon completion of this customary the apprentice shall be eligible to develop into a full member of BIGGA and achieve BIGGA Accreditation.

Job alternatives will even be enhanced for these apprentices who’ve accomplished the programme with promotion to extra senior positions inside a golf membership facility or the choice to progress by working in different sports activities amenities corresponding to a Grounds Upkeep Operator/Technician, Irrigation, Spray or Equipment Technician.

Degree: 3

Reviewed after 3 years

Necessary {Qualifications}

Degree 2 Award in Protected Use of Pesticides (PA1)  together with both PA2 (Increase Sprayer) OR PA6 (Hand Held Applicators) or equivalents as detailed on

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