We’re delighted to welcome Josh Thorley to the team, as Head Greenkeeper at Richmond Park Golf Course. Josh joins us at an exciting time as we continue our programme of development at London’s local golf venue. He along brings a wealth of expertise gained at his previous roles at The Richmond Club and Wentworth Golf Club.
Jon Dummett, General Manager comments: “We are very pleased to have Josh on board as we approach the new golf season. We’ve worked very hard in recent years to improve the quality of Richmond Park Golf Course, and judging by our customer feedback, the courses have never been better. Josh is excited to join the team, helping us raise the bar even further in 2019.”
Overseeing the Greenkeeping team, Josh will take on responsibility for the annual course maintenance plan and budget. Another important part of his role is to continue the training and development of our team of greenkeepers, including First Assistant Greenkeeper David Thackwray, who has recently completed his NVQ 2 training in Sports Turf Management.
Josh explains: “I’m thrilled to join the team here at Richmond Park and I am looking forward to working closely with Jon and the team to keep improving the quality of both courses, the driving range and practice areas. There has been a lot of investment recently, to make sure everyone who visits has the best experience possible.
I am also very excited to have the opportunity to be here for the Golf course’s Centenary year, which is just 4 years away. That will be a fantastic year and an important milestone for everyone involved.
I started my career in greenkeeping nearly 10 years ago at The Richmond Golf Club, situated just three miles from Richmond Park Golf Course. I worked my way up from apprentice greenkeeper to deputy course manager, gaining valuable experience and knowledge under the watchful eye of manager Les Howkins MG. I then progressed to Wentworth Golf Club as the deputy head greenkeeper on the Edinburgh course for 12 months. At Wentworth I gained some incredible experience during the BMW championship and the Gary Player Invitational, helping me realise the importance of the smaller detail and presentation standards.
Away from work I am kept busy with my 12 year old son Dylan and a french bulldog Rocco. I’ve recently got married and live in Hampton Wick and have a lot of friends who learnt to play golf here, so I am well aware of the importance and history of Richmond Park within the local community.
I am extremely excited to be here and very much looking forward to meeting everyone associated with Richmond Park Golf Course, so if you see me out on the courses then please do not hesitate to come over and say hello.”
Visit www.glendalegolf.co.uk for more information about our venue. Richmond Park Golf Course is operated by Lex Leisure, a community interest company that promotes health and wellbeing for all.