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Jacob Mullanem. Photo by: Meredith O’Shea
Jacob Mullanem. Photo by: Meredith O’Shea

Turf management apprentice Jacob Mullane is so busy making the golf course at RACV Goldfields Resort the best it can be, he hasn’t had time to tee off yet.

I’m helping get the golf course up to championship standard, so I’m on the mowers a lot. At the moment I’m doing little projects to help make the resort look the best it can.

I start work at 6.30 every morning. I don’t mind starting early, I actually like it. No two days are the same, it’s always something different.

Weather plays a big part in our job, the recent rain we had washed out some of the bunkers, so we’ve been on clean-up duty, raking and pushing the bunkers back out.

I saw an ad in the local paper that they were looking for a groundsperson intern at the resort and once I started I knew I loved the job and I got to know the team really well, so a few months later I began the turf management apprenticeship.

My apprenticeship will last four years, with three years of schooling. This will be the first RACV turf management apprenticeship for the Goldfields resort since RACV took over.

I’ve started my schooling now. I’m looking forward to learning all the bits and pieces and bringing it all together.

I just really enjoy being outdoors and it’s quite a social job. The guys I work with are great, we’re a good team and we get on really well. It’s been nice meeting the golfers and getting to know them.

My dream is to one day travel and work on golf courses all over the world. I want to expand my knowledge and work at the high-end golf courses overseas.

I don’t actually play golf yet, some of the guys have been asking me to have a go but I’ve been so busy maintaining the course.

To find out more, go to racv.com.au/golf or racv.com.au/resorts

Written by Jessica Hirst
May 17, 2017

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