Green light for Harry at The Old Course
With a love of golf from the age of seven and experience as a greenkeeper for his hometown golf club in Nottingham, it seemed a no brainer that Harry Kerr would apply to St Andrews University to study after his A levels.
The 3rd year physics student and scratch golfer applied to become a greenkeeper at the Old Course during The Open last year and now works most weekdays from 6am until before his first lectures start.
“It’s a big change from the team of seven greenkeepers at Sherwood Forest Golf Club to being a part of 20, and that’s just for the Old Course,” said Harry.
“People don’t realise what goes into greenkeeping on such an important golf course. It’s easy to forget there are months of preparation. Whatever the weather and conditions, we set the golf course up in the best condition possible, providing the players with the best opportunity for showcasing their ability. Every golfer wants to play on good, pure greens and a nice tightly mown golf course - it’s our aim to provide the players that opportunity. Come the tournament days and we get to see what the pros can really do, which is always fun.”
This will be Harry’s second year working on the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. “It was amazing to work on the greens for the Dunhill last year. Being a televised event, it was intense but really, really cool. The fact that I get to work and be a part of such a special golf course, working with a great group of guys as well contributes greatly to the love for my job.
“The Dunhill is an amazing tournament, you get to see some really quality golf from the pros and amateurs. The energy that the tournament brings to the town is incredible as well, there’s a great buzz about the place.
“The history of the old course speaks for itself, it’s stood the test of time as it’s still so relevant to the game of golf today. I think it’s easy to take the Old Course for granted, I work on it every day and get to play it regularly too. But seeing how much it means to visitors whether they’re playing or just having a walk around it shows how much it means to people and how special the place is.
“The nature of it being a pro-am makes the tournament so much more fun and more relaxed than your typical tour event. It’s obviously a hugely prestigious competition, you’re playing at three fantastic golf courses and with it being a 54 hole cut you get to see so much more golf than you’d normally expect to. The town always has an amazing buzz about it, it’s common to walk into a pub look around and see celebrities and professionals alike interacting with the locals and having a great time.”
Harry is enjoying his greenkeeping role so much he is planning to stay on after his degree is finished in 2025 and work full time to fulfill his dream of working on the next Open at the home of golf.