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New head greenkeeper King swaps Town House for Dunston Hall

PUBLISHED: 15:34 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 16 November 2017

New Dunston Hall head greenkeeper Chris King. Picture: Azalea Group

New Dunston Hall head greenkeeper Chris King. Picture: Azalea Group

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Chris King has landed the job of head greenkeeper at Dunston Hall Golf Club - straight from school!

King, 40, left a second stint as head of grounds at Town Close School in Norwich to make a return to the sport.

He said: “I really enjoyed the variety of the job at Town Close, where I was responsible for all the school sports pitches, the school grounds and woodland.

“But I always thought I would return to golf one day and when I heard the head greenkeeper position was available at Dunston Hall I knew it was something I had to go for.”

Having left college in 1997, King was determined to find a job in sport and leisure and, while working part-time at a golf club he was given the opportunity to work alongside the greenkeeping team – and that set him on his path.

He said: “I enjoyed it immensely and I knew this was what I wanted to do. I was only on a short-term contract, though, so knew I had to start looking for a trainee position somewhere, even if it meant leaving home – which is what eventually happened.

“I joined Richings Park Golf Club, in Iver, Buckinghamshire, and spent the best part of 10 years there, when I undertook all my greenkeeping qualifications and gained valuable experience.”

While at Richings Park he started helping out with the pitch at the local cricket club which stimulated an interest in other sports turf maintenance, so he left to join a grounds maintenance company in High Wycombe. Since then he has also worked in the Netherlands before returning to Norfolk to work at Town Close School.

King, who was born in Bury St Edmunds and educated in Martham, spent a brief spell in the same head of grounds role at Framlingham College before returning to Town Close in 2014.

He added: “I am tremendously excited by the role at Dunston Hall and believe all the experience I have gained throughout my career will be invaluable to me.

“As with any golf course, there is much work to be done to not only maintain the course but to look to improve it.

“That’s an exciting challenge and I am fortunate there is already a great team here to support me and I already feel at home.”

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