Golf greenkeeper apprenticeship

Care for the overall appearance of a golf course

During the golf greenkeeper apprenticeship, it will be your job to maintain a good playing surface and ensure the course offers a consistent challenge and an enjoyable experience for golfers. The four key turfgrass areas on a golf course—greens, tees, fairways and areas of rough—each requires a different type of maintenance. Using a range of equipment and machinery safely and competently will play a major part within your training programme. Golf greenkeepers will also be involved in hazard, environmental and ecological operations, which may include bunker maintenance and developing wildlife habitats. You’ll be 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 a profession that is respected around the world. The level 3 (advanced) option is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to supervise the greenkeeping team and the maintenance of the golf course, in the absence of the head greenkeeper/golf course manager.


Duration: 24 months (level 2 or Level 3)

Relevant school subjects: PE and geography

Entry requirements for the golf greenkeeper apprenticeship: Five GCSEs, including maths, English and science, or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £23,000 per annum

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