Grow-In Head Greenkeeper

Alands Golf Club - Kastelholme - Finland - International
Managerial - Greenkeeper 1 April 2019

Alands Golf Club - Club Description:

Number of Members: 1,000

Number of Visitor Rounds p/a: 17,000


Ålands Golf Club with it´s two 18-hole courses, the Castle course (Slottsbanan) and the King’s course (Kungsbanan) as well as the short-hole course the Princess (Prinsessan), are situated on a cape between two inlets in the region of Kastelholm in the northeastern Åland mainland.


Position Summary:

Reporting to the Course Manager, oversee and coordinate the seeding and establishment of the Castle Course. Further to liaise with the Course Manager and Board, to plan, develop and implement the set up maintenance department requirements for the golf course and its staff. The grow-in Head Greenkeeper is entrusted with the grow-in, maintenance, operation and management of the Castle Course.

Once the Castle Course is grown in, manage the day-to-day operation of the golf course maintenance, ensuring that the course is presented to the highest standards at all times in line with the positioning of the facilities and within the approved operating budget. To liaise with the Course Manager to ensure that a long term strategic development and maintenance program is implemented.


Main Duties:

Construction & Grow-In of the Castle Course
  • Advise and input on requirements for the seeding and hydro-seeding activities.
  • Review hydro-seeding methodology and quality of work.
  • Input into seeding schedule.
  • Maintenance equipment specification for both grow-in and longer term maintenance.
  • Liaise with the Course Manager with the grow in budget and plan, considering staffing, machinery, workshop and operating supplies required.
  • Consider all testing reports and make recommendations for all nutrient and physical amendments.
  • Coordinate weather reading information.
  • Generally observe and input into the construction process and understand the installation of the various systems i.e. irrigation, drainage etc.
Golf Course Maintenance
  • Assists in planning all maintenance and project work on the Castle Course, applying his or her agronomic and administrative expertise to achieve the agreed-upon maintenance standards and long-range goals.
  • Plans, supervises and participates in the application and recording of chemical applications (fertilizers and pesticides) on the golf course and landscape area in compliance with all local, regional and federal regulations.
  • Oversees the scheduling and routing of personnel and equipment to accomplish the work. The Head GK frequently inspects the golf course and related areas to evaluate how well management standards are being achieved and to effect changes in management programs.
  • Purchase necessary supplies to maintain the Castle Course.  
  • Keep accurate weather data, maintenance procedures, pesticide applications, etc.
  • To assist in ensuring the course is properly laid out and prepared for members and guests to the Club and that a very high standard of presentation of the golf course is maintained.
  • Work with Trainee Greenkeepers and Assistant Greenkeepers.
  • To assist in the turf maintenance including mowing, irrigating and control of pests and disease on the greens. To assist in the maintenance of bunkers course furniture and holes.
  • In conjunction with the Course Manager, gain knowledge of the plant machinery used for your specific tasks. Ensure you are only using machinery you have been properly trained on, in the correct manner and comply with Health & Safety regulations whilst in operation.

Operational & Quality Systems Management

  • To implement and co-ordinate a daily work schedule which will ensure that a high agronomic standard is consistently maintained.
  • To manage all aspects of water delivery and drainage.
  • To ensure that all machinery and employees on the Castle Course comply with presentation standards.
  • To maintain detailed records of all chemical use on the golf course.
  • To keep up-to-date of new concepts, techniques and equipment which will enhance the presentation of the golf course.
  • To liaise with the Course Manager to implement a comprehensive health and safety program covering all aspects of the course maintenance department activities and tasks.


  • To ensure all orders and deliveries are recorded in the appropriate manner and new stock is entered into the inventory efficiently.
  • Manage the use of physical resources, including machinery, spare parts, chemicals and fertilisers ensuring sufficient availability to meet the operational requirements.


  • To produce regular maintenance operation reports.
  • To contribute to the preparation of annual budgets, business plans and operational strategies for the golf course.


  • To ensure that all correspondence and reports are completed accurately and submitted within the specified time scale.
  • To act in a professional and courteous manner towards guests, colleagues and Management at all times.  
  • To comply with the company policies and procedures relating to confidentiality at all times.
  • To ensure that all actions undertaken during the course of your duties are representative of the standards of professionalism expected by employees of the Company and these actions are in the best interests of the company at all times.
  • To assist or perform any additional assignment as requested by the Management within the context of the Companies business.


  • Combination of experience and training equivalent to a bachelor degree in horticulture, turf management.
  • 3 years experience as a Deputy/Assistant Head Greenkeeper with a proven track record in golf course operation/supervision and full knowledge and understanding of all turf maintenance machinery and operation.
  • Demonstrable experience of growing in a similar standard of golf course in similar climatic conditions.
  • Possess a valid driver’s licence
  • Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications
  • Ability to effectively direct the work of employees
  • Knowledge of chemicals, pesticides used in golf course maintenance and of safety practices associated with the course (a qualification in agrichemical applications would be of benefit)
  • Full operating knowledge of relevant irrigation system and components (including sprinklers and repairs)
  • Full operating knowledge of irrigation pump stations and fertigation system.
  • Proficient in MS Office.

To apply:  Please email Douglas Philip (Director, DPSM Consultants) via

and we will be in touch to discuss in more detail.

Application deadline:  1st April 2019.


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