Greenkeeper Intern with Dragon’s Tooth Golf Course

Become part of a small team doing great things!  An internship deep into the practicalities of running a golf course, but with the strategic dimension of both a major accommodation development and a marketing improvement project underway.  

Location: Ballachulish, near Fort William
£7.85 p/hr, 35 hrs/week for 16 weeks
Immediate start

The Dragon’s Tooth Golf Course is a 9 hole, 18-tee course of renown at Ballachulish, near Fort William.  The course has a loyal local membership (90) and attracts strong “pay and play” visitation from tourists over the season.  It’s been listed top 9 hole in Scotland. The Dragon’s Tooth wishes to diversify in 2015 with the installation of holiday accommodation units on the site.

There is currently just one member of staff managing the fairways – a new Head Greenkeeper who started in March, 2015.  There is much work to be done on the course across the season, and this internship is ideal for a graduate wishing to gain experience in the operation and management of a golfing venue.  The Dragon’s Tooth is about to participate in the Scottish Enterprise “On The Tee” programme in order to sharpen its marketing and sales activities and the internship will offer the role of leading this collaborative activity.  Key challenges in this role will include:

• Practical golf course operations – including use of the suite of professional greenkeeping machinery, grass treatments, spraying etc
• Ongoing liaison with the various stakeholders (private owners of the course, tenants of the Club House, Committee Members of the local Club, Activity Operators who rent land on the site)
• Management of the “On The Tee” programme, and implementation of agreed actions stemming from the discussions
• Assisting the owners in a project to install, promote and operate 4 luxury accommodation pods on the site 


The ideal candidate will be progressing a career into Golf Course Management and wish to enhance a CV in this area. There is a need to enjoy working in the outdoors and in an estate setting.  They will have a can-do attitude and experience of working in a commercial environment to tight budgets.    


Closing date for applications is 22 April 2015, 5pm.  

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. Use your cover letter to a. tell us your availability and b. demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the post.  We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.


This Adopt an Intern funded internship has been made possible through the financial support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with match funding from the Scottish Government.  It is part of a "Business Growth Programme" supporting the third sector, micro businesses and SMEs and contributes to our wider focus of boosting economic stability by investing in graduates.  These are paid, meaningful, capacity-building internships, with monitored outcomes.