Me & My Job - Matthew Perks, greenkeeper, Ham Manor Golf Club

Matthew Perks, greenkeeper, Ham Manor Golf Club - image: Ham Manor Golf Club
Matthew Perks, greenkeeper, Ham Manor Golf Club - image: Ham Manor Golf Club

- How did you get started in the industry?

I started working at the local garden machinery dealer in the village where I was brought up after leaving school. I've always been fascinated by mechanics - I was forever repairing engines in my spare time, so it seemed like a good career for me.

- What advice would you give for others starting out?

Work hard and be willing to move anywhere in the country - opportunities are limited if you are tied to a particular area. For example, some of the top golf clubs are in Scotland, so that's where some of the top jobs are too.

- What is the best part of your job?

Getting to watch the sunrise every morning.

- And the worst?

Having to go out in the rain.

- How do you wind down after a hard day's work?

I live on site at Ham Manor, so I like to go on a run around the course or the local estate. Otherwise, dinner and something good on television does it for me.

- What piece of equipment can't you do without at work?

We use our Toro Greensmaster 3250-D mowers for three or four hours every day, so I'd have to say them really. We use them for cutting a lot of different areas on the golf course - they're so versatile and reliable.

- What does the future hold professionally?

I'm off to American in January as part of my Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award prize, for a six-week educational trip. When I return I would like to start working towards getting a course manager position, because that's my next career goal.

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