How did the trainee at Carnoustie Golf Links become a fully qualified greenkeeper?

By: April 11, 2023

Carnoustie Golf Links understood the importance and benefits of training programs and apprenticeships to upskill. Bold companies today focus on high-quality training. Skill gaps are existing in almost every industry including the golf industry.

Maybe your golf club has already paused recruiting new employees. The spotlight is now on upskilling existing staff. It is worth pairing your trainees with a mentor who can help guide them.

Adecco Group says

“Indeed, talent attractiveness, workers’ physical, mental and financial health as well as long-term employability can no longer be disconnected from a company’s ability to create long-term value, sustainable performance and resilience.”

Carnoustie Golf Links team

So I thought I’d share the news about Carnoustie Golf Links with you. On Tuesday 4th April, Carnoustie Golf Links’ first apprentice in recent years, Ross Crosbie, celebrated becoming a fully qualified Greenkeeper after a 4-year apprenticeship with Carnoustie Golf Links.

The Executive Team at Carnoustie Golf Links has been extremely impressed by Ross’s hard work and dedication to his apprenticeship and has since been delighted to offer Ross a full-time, permanent position as a Qualified Greenkeeper at the world-famous Angus venue.

Ross had previously undertaken work experience at the Links and having made the most out of his opportunity looked for the next step after completing his school studies.

When the Apprentice Greenkeeper position became available, Ross was keen to apply and was ultimately successful in his bid for the role.

Ross Crosbie greenkeeper Carnoustie Golf Links

The 4-year apprenticeship works in conjunction with Elmwood College in Cupar and upon completion, the apprentice is awarded with a Sports Turf Greenkeeping SVQ Level 2 award.

The benefits of being an apprentice at Carnoustie Golf Links are many and include the opportunity to earn whilst you learn from one of the best Greenkeeping teams in the world.

In the fourth year of his apprenticeship, he traveled to the USA where he undertook work experience at Pinehurst Golfing Resort in North Carolina.

He gained new experiences and learnings which he has brought back with him to Carnoustie Golf Links, enriching his own knowledge and development, and even experienced working with the Greenkeeping team to present the US Women’s Open in 2022.

Carnoustie Golf Links strives to employ apprentices and local young people as it continues to connect with the community with an aim to support the development of the young workforce.

Carnoustie Golf Links aims to train and mentor eager, motivated young people, providing hands-on training and offering the best start to any young person joining the company.

Ross Crosbie John Deere Carnoustie Golf Links

At a celebratory lunch on Tuesday 4th April, hosted in The Rookery restaurant and bar within Links House at Carnoustie Golf Links.

Ross was presented with a certificate of completion of his apprenticeship from Carnoustie Golf Links and a gift from John Deere presented by Nikki McKenzie from John Deere.

Ross Crosbie greenkeeper in bunker Carnoustie Golf Links