Hever Castle Golf Club is delighted to announce the promotion of long-serving employee Rob Peers to the position of Head Greenkeeper.
Following the departure of David Wood after 23 years of service, Rob took up the post in May.
He said, “on behalf of all staff and members of the golf club I’d like to thank David for his hard work and dedication over the years. I’ve learned much from working with him and look forward to continuing our vision to improve the course and environs.”
From Quantity Surveyor to Head Greenkeeper
Growing up in nearby Langton Green, Rob spent much of his childhood playing outside in the countryside and his love of the outdoors began early.
He left school unsure of which direction to take and decided to pursue a career within the construction industry, having had some experience of working on a building site.
Enrolling in construction college, Rob went on to gain a First and BTEC Diploma in Construction. He also achieved a merit and place at university where he went on to study Building Management and Design.
Initially working in quantity surveying, Rob then found the outdoor life calling and landed his first position on a golf course. He said, “a new and satisfying career path opened up for me and I haven’t turned back since.”
Skilled for the Job
Rob’s training for this new career started with City and Guilds National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in Amenity Horticulture and Sports Turf Maintenance, shortly followed by a Diploma from the British International Golf Greenkeepers Association.
His drive for knowledge continued with certificates in pesticides and poisons, and a Lantra certificate in tree surgery and inspection.
Rob was also integral in the club winning an ‘English Golf Environment Award’ which recognises the commitment to ecologically good practice, something which is very important to Rob in his work.
He also has an AV1 Assessor qualification, which allows him to teach and train within a golf club and also within a college environment – he looks forward to making the most of these skills now that he is Head Greenkeeper.
Rob concluded, “I have always had the desire for improvement both for myself and the club, and this shall continue. The commitment from the Greenkeepers has never been stronger; we have a great team out on the course that really wants the best for the membership.”