1st Assistant Greenkeeper

Woodcote Park, Epsom

Woodcote Park, Epsom
Contract Type
Full time - Permanent
Hours / Work patterns
40 Hours
Closing date
25 July 2024

1st Assistant Greenkeeper £39,197.79

The Royal Automobile Club is an exclusive world-class private members club, with 2 stunning clubhouses in London and Epsom. Providing a first-class service offering accommodation, dining, sports and leisure facilities for the enjoyment of our members and guests.

We currently have an exciting opportunity in our greenkeeping team for a 1st Assistant Greenkeeper who will take ownership of the course conditioning for the Coronation Course. 

The Coronation Course is currently undergoing a 18-hole redesign by Tom Mackenzie, with 9 holes already completed, the remaining 9-hole work will commence in October 2024, with the successful completion, much anticipated by the Membership.  As part of the works, a new Toro irrigation system is also being installed.

In addition to the redesign, key focuses include woodland management and enhancing the infrastructure to enhance the overall playability of the course.

Benefits of working at the Royal Automobile Club:

  • Annualised hours with one in four weekends during winter months and one in three during the summer months.
  • Free meals on duty
  • Bigga Membership
  • BTME opportunities
  • Golfing Privileges
  • Tournament support in U.S.A
  • Paid birthday day off 
  • Perkbox discount scheme
  • European RAC cover
  • Staff uniform
  • Generous pension
  • Employer-paid health cash plan
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme
  • Staff parties

Purpose of the role:

To support the Deputy Golf Course Manager and Golf Course Manager to ensure that the day-to-day running and set-up of two 18-hole downland golf courses, driving range and wider estate is delivered at a level expected by the members of the Royal Automobile Club.

The role will work within an inspired, environmentally sustainable plan that ranges from course architecture to woodland management. Combining both supervision and direct hands on work, the 1st Assistant will work with a team and supervise a team of greenkeepers, to ensure the daily maintenance tasks are completed as communicated by the Deputy Course Manager or directly via the Course Manager.

Overview of Responsibilities:

  • The 1st Assistant Greenkeeper will provide both clear and articulate communication of daily work outcomes, provide feedback to the line manager, identify course risks and safety concerns and be able to supervise a team to maintain both morale and pride in work. 
  • To assist the Course Manager / Deputy Course Manager daily with the setting of all work programmes and to inform senior management of any issues on the course, and be an integral part of the senior management team.
  • To ensure all tasks are carried out in line with the clubs health and safety policy.
  • To train/ develop/ mentor junior team members and administer training, in line with departmental SOP’s.
  • Operate equipment for fine turf maintenance programmes that ensure quality and consistency.
  • Liaise with the Deputy Course Manager, Head Gardener & Head Mechanic on the upkeep and maintenance of estate grounds and gardens.
  • Carry out fertiliser, pesticide and chemical applications in line with industry best practice.

About you:

  • Agronomic qualification – NVQ 3.
  • An active golfer.
  • Communicate with their team, members and the wider club departments in a courteous manner at all times.
  • Construction experience, particularly in the grow in of new surfaces.
  • Hold Pa1, PA2 & PA6 pesticide qualifications.
  • Experience using course equipment
  • Demonstrable experience in Greenkeeping
  • Team player
  • Good level of attention to detail

Club Values:


  • Heritage - Our rich motoring, social, sporting and architectural heritage runs through the fabric and the nature of the Club
  • Excellence - Excellence is not an achievement; it is something we strive for every day.
  • Accountability - Taking ownership of our work, meeting our own high standards, honouring our commitments and acting with professionalism.
  • Respect - Showing consideration and understanding to our members and colleagues.
  • Trust – Acting with fairness, honesty and integrity.
  • Sustainability – Actively contribute to reducing our environmental impact, improving our operational efficiency and continuing to build our reputation.

Please visit our website for more information about our Club Vision and Values

What to expect:

  • All applications will be reviewed
  • Immediate interview dates available
  • Closing date 25 July 2024
  • The full job description is available upon request ahead of an interview.



Woodcote Park, Epsom
Contract Type
Full time - Permanent
Hours / Work patterns
40 Hours
Closing date
25 July 2024