🌱 Exciting Week at Wiltshire College & University Centre 🌿
This week, we had the privilege of conducting our first Masterclass for Level 2 Sports Turf Operative (Lantra) students at The Caversham – Home of Reading Golf Club. The day unfolded into a fantastic blend of education and hands-on experiences, providing invaluable insights for our students.
A heartfelt thank you to the Caversham Golf Club and its dedicated staff for generously giving their time and expertise. The commitment to imparting knowledge and nurturing the next generation in the sports turf industry is truly commendable. 🙏⛳
Golf isn’t covered within the Level 2 sports turf operative qualification, however having worked in golf I and many others understand the importance of learning golf course maintenance and etiquette of golf. We’re planting seeds to inspire the next generation, being adapting and open to change is an important part of how we deliver this qualification.
The day covered key aspects of golf course management, including the importance of bunkers and water features, and understanding game rules and hazards. Practical sessions included bunker and hazard maintenance, different practices like smooth-faced bunkers, and varied techniques for bunker raking. In the afternoon session, we covered pre-start checks, machine washing, and post-operative checks, with a practical demonstration. The day concluded with insights into repairing ball marks and removing dew and debris from turf surfaces, followed by another opportunity for the students to get hands-on with tools.
📸 During the practical sessions, the students had the opportunity to take photos and collect evidence for their portfolios, making sure they were hitting their Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviors. 📸
A special shout-out to Jon Scoones, Head Greenkeeper, for sharing insights on STIMP meters and data collection. Additionally, immense gratitude to Katy Castle and James Castle for their impactful bunker maintenance demonstrations. Gary Stangoe and the whole team for hosting us!
Oh… and it’s National Apprenticeship Week next week 5th – 11th February! Get sharing!
Stay tuned for more glimpses into our educational endeavors! 🌿⛳ hashtag#SportsTurf hashtag#Education hashtag#GolfCourseManagement hashtag#GivingBack hashtag#NextGenerationLeaders