Rain

Rain

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 12°C

Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Clare: Greenkeeper is heading for a top golf course

08:08 25 May 2014

Ollie King, 17, tends to the greens at Clare Park Lake golf club

Ollie King, 17, tends to the greens at Clare Park Lake golf club

Archant

A west Suffolk teenager with a love of the outdoors has bagged his dream job tending to one of the world’s top golf courses.

Ollie King is just days into his new role as a greenkeeper at Gleneagles, which will be graced later this summer by the likes of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup.

It has been a remarkably swift rise for the 17-year-old from Long Melford, who had spent little more than a year learning his trade on the comparatively modest surroundings of the Clare Park Lake golf course as an apprentice.

“You can’t really compare it,” said Ollie yesterday. “Clare is so small – you can fit all of Clare’s holes into one of Gleneagles’ holes. It’s a totally different world here, it’s amazing. It’s definitely my dream job.”

Ollie’s journey to Scotland could not have seemed more distant for the former Ormiston Academy student, after he was made redundant from his first job – as an apprentice carpenter – after leaving school.

The lifelong golf fan then decided to try his luck by sending his CV to various golf clubs across the county – with Clare happy to take him on.

He added: “I’ve always liked working outside and doing jobs in the garden. Once I’d learned the basics in green keeping and all the techniques, it was straight in.”

Having maintained the course at Clare single-handedly, Ollie is now part of a 16-strong team tending to the various courses at Gleneagles, where he stays in staff accommodation at the hotel.

He has initially signed a six-month contract, which expires in October, although may be taken on for more work. However, his mentor at Clare Park Lake, Susan Moore, said he would be welcomed back in Suffolk.

She added: “I knew we had someone special: a young man with a good work ethic and very practical, and I can’t deny I wasn’t upset to lose him.

“But it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which he had to take, and when we watch the Ryder Cup this autumn I will feel that a little bit of us has helped it look as good as it undoubtedly will.”

1 comment

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

There could be a few puddles across the region tomorrow morning after a yellow weather warning was issued for the East of England.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for the East of England tomorrow.

Director Helen Wheatley and members of the UCS choir at rehearsals.

Singing out for a very good cause in Ipswich

An East Anglian Air Ambulance and a land ambulance at the park in Dumbarton Road in Ipswich on Bank Holiday Monday morning.

A man is in hospital after being found unconscious in Ipswich this morning.

The Teapot at Mcginty's Ipswich. Junk Food cafe run by Mischa Pearson and voulnteers.
Pictured Sarah sharlott, kath gosling, mischa Pearson, Adam Ferguson, Anna engstrom

An award-winning pay-what-you-feel cafe which supports dozens of homeless and vulnerable people in Ipswich has been given just three weeks to find a new base.

Classic car event on the seafront at Aldeburgh. Frank Cox next to a 1964 Hillman Super Minx.

More than 50 classic vehicles were on display along the Aldeburgh seafront today.

Former Blues and England skipper Terry Butcher opens Bawdsey village fete and dog show.

Ipswich Town legend Terry Butcher was on hand to open a village fete in Suffolk yesterday.

Jasmine Nicholls (left) and Klaudia Sokolowska

Two teenage girls from the Lowestoft area have been reported missing to the police.

Wayne Bavin from Town 102 with the winners of Home-Start's competition to win tickets for the ball, Melissa and Jim Craig

An charity ball raised £4,000 for family-focused projects in the region.

Holy Trinity Church, Braggons Hill, near Boxted

The number of churches and chapels in Suffolk now fitted with alarms has tripled thanks to charitable grants, thanks to a spate of lead thefts last year which saw 15 churches across the county targeted.

Prime Minister David Cameron makes a joint appearance with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (centre) as they launch the Britain Stronger in Europe guarantee card.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer has welcomed the launch of a new pledge card unveiled by leaders of the “Stronger In” campaign in a bid to keep Britain in the European Union after this month’s referendum.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24