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Curriculum Vitae 
Colin Smith
1 Drimsynie Court
30 plus years in the golf course maintenance and machinery maintenance industry. Skill sets gained from working on diverse golf courses in the UK and France, problem solving, taking on challenges, and always driving for the best possible solution to any given work related problems.
Currently living and working in Scotland as Head Greenkeeper at Drimsynie Golf Course in Lochgoilhead, but with a strong desire and passion to relocate to the USA in the near future. 
I have a strong work ethic and a drive for achieving the best possible results in my work.
I have been awarded ‘Argyll Achievers Award’ last season and two ‘Above and Beyond the Call of Duty’ awards for the presentation and condition of the golf course during my tenure here. 

Colin Smith

1 Drimsynie Court




PA24 8AD


Date of Birth: 11-06-72




CURRENT EMPLOYMENT - March 2016 - Present

Head Greenkeeper - Drimsynie Golf Course, Lochgoilhead, Argyll, Scotland. - 9 hole parkland golf course.


Responsible for all golf course maintenance on a daily basis.

Work with the Captain of the club in preparation for all club competitions.

Planning weekly and monthly schedules in advance.

Meet with the directors on a regular basis to discuss maintenance operations and course improvements.

Planning and ordering of all materials such as fertilisers and seed.

Maintain all machinery including daily checks of HOC and quality of cut on mowing equipment. 


Machinery used at the club:

John Deere 220C

John Deere 220A

Ransomes Super Certes

Toro 3250D

Jacobsen LF 4300

John Deere 1545

John Deere Aerator 800

Stihl brushcutters and blowers


PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT - April 2015 - March 2016

Deputy Head Greenkeeper - Hemsted Forest Golf Club, Kent, England - 18 hole parkland course.


My responsibilities included -

Application of all chemical and fertiliser treatment.

Irrigation maintenance and repairs as required.

Setting of height and quality of cut on all machinery.

Maintenance of all machinery and workshop.

Dealing with aspects of health and safety such as preparing risk assessments.

Prepare work schedules in advance with the Head Greenkeeper.

Responsible for all maintenance tasks carried out on the golf course on a daily basis.

Delegating tasks to work colleagues.

Apply all chemical treatments and fertiliser applications throughout the golf course.

Implement machinery maintenance schedule and budgeting for spare parts.

Work in conjunction with the owner on detailed plans for future maintenance tasks and course improvements.


A substantial improvement in greens quality was noted by the members following my commencement at Hemsted Forest Golf Club.


PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT - November 2013 - March 2015

Mechanic - Golf de L’Isle Adam, France - an 18 hole parkland course near Paris.


Budget of 24000 euros for all machinery maintenance including oils, filters, repairs and replacement parts.

Responsible for all maintenance of machinery fleet which includes John Deere 2500E x 3, John Deere 7500 x 2, John Deere 8800 x 2, John Deere Gator TS x 4, Toro 3250 x 3, Toro 5510, Toro workman 2100, Jacobsen GK IV triples, John Deere 1200Abunker rake x 2, Jacobsen 311, Kubota STV 32, 5450, 2850 tractors, John Deere 4300 tractor. Stihl chainsaws and brushcutters.

Monitor fuel usage and order as required.

Competent in the use of mig and arc welding equipment and oxyacetylene equipment.

Also assist the grounds crew on the course for maintenance tasks. 

Grinding carried out on Bernhard Anglemaster 1000 and Express Dual 1000 and Rapid Facer 1000.

Work in conjunction with the Head Greenkeeper preparing work schedules and assigning and setting up machinery in advance.


PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT - January 1999 - November 2013

Assistant Greenkeeper/Golf Course Machinery Mechanic - Prestwick St. Nicholas Golf Club, Prestwick, Scotland - an 18 hole private members links course.


Responsible for all grinding of cylinders and bottom blades on Bernhard Express Dual spin grinder, Bernhard Anglemaster 3000 bed knife grinder, Bernhard Rapid Facer 1000 and Hunter Juno 2000 relief grinder.

Setting of all machines for height and quality of cut.

Implement a maintenance program for all machinery to a high level to include routine servicing of petrol and diesel machines and hydraulic systems, all repairs are done by myself such as renew bearings, strip down engines, welding, fit replacement parts and keep workshop running smoothly in line with the health and safety policy of the club.


Highly experienced with ride on triplexes and hand mowers and various machinery such as Wiedenmann Terra Spike, Ryan GA30, Moore Overseeder and Cushman equipment, other machinery at the club include Jacobsen 322 Eclipse, Toro 3250D, Toro 3100, Jacobsen TR 3, AR3, Jacobsen 522A and John Deere 220B hand mowers, John Deere Gator and Kubota 5240, 4200L, B2100 , B1550 tractors.

I recently implemented a new service program, including a new spreadsheet format of service and parts costings.


Also have some experience in construction of greens, tees and revetting of bunkers. The 10th green being completely rebuilt in winter 2001, and the 8th green being extended creating a two tier green in winter 2002. Tees and bunkers are routinely rebuilt as part of the annual winter programme of works.



Career in Brief


Started in greenkeeping in November 1988 with the local authority at Dalmilling Golf Course, Ayr, an eighteen hole parkland course, as a trainee greenkeeper for three and half years, gaining valuable experience in construction of greens and tees, as the first nine holes were redesigned with five new greens and nine new tees being built.

Moved within the local authority in 1992 to Belleisle Golf Course, Ayr, an eighteen hole parkland course set in mature woodland, with one year spent as First Assistant Greenkeeper, staying there until 1995 before leaving to attend full time education.

During winter 1996-97 I was employed at Prestwick Golf Club specifically to rebuild approximately seventy bunkers on the historic links of Prestwick, venue for the first 12 Open championships and British and Scottish Amateur Championships.

During this period the ‘Tom Morris’ bunker was constructed on the 15th hole and the 12 hole competition was played.

After this time I moved back with the local authority working at Girvan Golf Course as First Assistant before gaining a position at Prestwick St. Nicholas Golf Club.



Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive, Ayr 1995-1996 - HNC Amenity Horticulture.

Ayr College 1988-1991 - Scotvec National Certificate Modules in Greenkeeping.

During this time I achieved the distinction of being awarded the Best Trainee Cup for first and second year students and the BIGGA Cup for third year students.

Prestwick Academy 1984-1988 - O Grade English, French, German and Craft and Design.



Bernhard Grinders 2012 - Competent in use of Express Dual 2000 and Anglemaster 3000

Lantra Awards - 2006 - Golf Course Machinery Service Course

British Red Cross - 2005 - First Aid at Work - 4 Day Course

Heartstart - 2005 - Emergency Life Support Course

H.S. Training - 2005 - Manual Handling Course

Gosta Training - 2005 - Abrasive Wheels and Stihl Saw Course

Gosta Training - 2005 - Machinery Maintenance Course

Lantra Awards - 2003 - Cylinder Operated Ride On Mowers Course

Hunter Grinders - 2002 - Certificate in Mower Cylinder and Bottom Blade Grinding

Scottish Skills Testing - 1994-1995 - PA1A and PA2A Spraying Tests Passed

Various refresher courses such as spraying techniques and safe use of oxygen in first aid have also been undertaken.

Argyll Holidays Achievers Award - December 2017 - Presented for the improvement and conditioning of the course during the season.                       



Passionate about golf and play as much as possible on the course.

Member of Lochgoilhead Golf Club with a handicap of 7 and play in club competitions.

I also enjoy eating out, cooking and sampling different food from other countries and cultures.

I have 2 children, daughter aged 22 and son aged 15.



Mr. Leslie Pillier


Golf de L'Isle Adam

L'Isle Adam



Tel. No.+33665568699


Mr. Murray Stuart

Head Greenkeeper 

Prestwick Golf Club



E-mail (via) - secretary@prestwickgc.co.uk 

I have kept in contact with Murray Stuart for a number of years. 


M. Francois Maisonny

9 Rue Maurice Ravel




E-mail -fmaisonny@orange.fr


Francois was interim Head Greenkeeper at L'Isle Adam from April 2014 - September 2014.

Before this he was Course Manager at Golf de Morfontaine, the number one ranked golf course in France.



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