I’ve often been told I could write a book with all the stories and anecdotes I have accrued from over 18 years as a greenkeeper. There have been some amusing, almost unbelievable and somewhat stupid tales and happenings in that time but I’ve always laughed it off. Do people really want to hear about the time I had to rescue a ‘Soap Celebrity’ from a bunker after crashing their golf buggy? Or the time Armed Police and sniffer dogs swooped on the golf course? Maybe. Maybe not.
I used to write a blog a few years ago about cars, motorsport and photography. That proved quite popular and I did enjoy writing it. It also provided me with some great opportunities and experiences, along with a little extra income and I have met some amazing people and made great friends through it. However, life happens and I bought that blog to an end, settled down, got married and started a family. (I really should have agreed to sell it when the very generous offer came in. But hindsight is a wonderful thing.)
But one thing is for certain though, I miss writing and although I don’t have so much time on my hands as I used to, I’ve decided to start a new blog. One not just about life as a greenkeeper, but also as a golfer and the experiences and stories that come with it. I enjoy playing at a wide variety of golf courses and I’m fortunate enough to be able to have played at many clubs around the country. From large golf venues, to small hidden gems and many in between, I love being out on a golf course and seeing other greenkeepers hard work as I tee it up for my own round. And if my own game has been good then even better. So I look forward to writing about other courses I have played too and hope to hear from readers as well with recommendations and opinions of their own. Also there might be some opinion pieces on golf in general which hopefully will be of interest and encourage friendly discussion, so feel free to comment or get in touch.
Hopefully it will be interesting for anyone who plays golf or is involved in the industry and even those who aren’t in either of those categories. I’ve also set up an Instagram page: golfinggreenkeeper and twitter user: @TheGolfingGK which I should probably start using, links are to the side of this blog. I’ll also add in photos to the gallery page of courses I have been to and of the course I work at.
So welcome to my new blog. I hope you will enjoy reading it.
Oh, and it was the late John Bardon (Jim Branning from Eastenders) who crashed his golf buggy into a bunker.