David Rumbles - Head Greenkeeper

David Rumbles - Head Greenkeeper

What is your name?

David Rumbles

What is your job title?

Head Greenkeeper

Briefly describe your business.

Elgin Golf Club, one of the best inland golf courses in the North of Scotland.

Describe your career pathway after leaving school.

I left school and attended SRUC Elmwood college full time studying NC Greenkeeping. I later returned to study HNC Golf Course Management.

What school subjects would be helpful to study to undertake your job?

English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry Knowledge of Golf if a benefit but not essential.

What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?

I really enjoy working to improve the Golf Club in any way. Also, greenkeeping is great because each day can be completely different from the last. There is a wide variety of different jobs that we do.

Why did you want to work in this industry?

I originally wanted to be a Professional golfer, I quickly realised I wasn’t quite a good enough golfer, but I loved being out on the golf course. I then discovered greenkeeping which immediately appealed to me.

What daily duties do you carry out as part of your job?

As a team our main aim is to provide the best golf course possible each day.

Some of the daily task we carry out are:

Cutting Greens, Tees, Fairways, Rough Etc

Fertilising playing surfaces

Aeration, topdressing, over seeding

Moving pin positions

Raking bunkers etc

Did you ever want to pursue another job?

I am very interested in Golf Course Architecture. I may at some point wish to pursue this but at this point and time I am focused on my current position and trying to improve Elgin Golf Club.

What skills are required to do this job?

The ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Early morning starts are also a big part of the job as we get most of our work done before the golfer arrives. Timekeeping is also very important in this industry as there is a wide variety of jobs to do on the course, so they need to be done to a high standard in a timely fashion.

What is your advice to young people who are considering working in this sector?

I would encourage anyone considering this industry to approach their local course and show their interest. See if the club would be willing to take you on over the summer to see if you like the job. If you do then its time to look for an apprenticeship with a club. This can now be done via distance learning.

Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years’ time in terms of your career?

In 10 years’, time I hope to have made some significant changes at Elgin Golf Club which will make the golfers experience better. I also want to confidently say we are “the best” inland course in the North of Scotland.


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