Getting Personal with Martin Cox

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Martin Cox - walking through life with a smile - and grey hair!

Who are you? Martin Cox, Greens/Course Director at Ingestre Park Golf Club

Family status? Married with two grown up sons.

Who's your hero and why? I don't have a particular hero, but I admire anyone who can, against all odds, walk through life with a smile!

What's been the highlight of your career so far? My involvement with the reconfiguration of our course at Ingestre Park and building a Greens Team to support it.

If your younger self saw you now, what would he think? How grey are you!

Which famous people wind you up? Piers Morgan, Tony Blair and Gordon Ramsey.

What job would you love, other than your own? Travel writer.

What was the most embarrassing moment in your life? In my youth, walking into an interview with my flies undone!

What is your favourite film? Zulu (1964).

What scares you? Life!

What would your autobiography be called…and who would play you in the film? Riding The Roller Coaster of Life! Played by Simon Pegg.

What is your favourite sport? Golf.

What would you cast into room 101? Whingers!

Which historical time and place would you most like to visit? Bath in the 1700s.

Do you have a lifetime ambition? Yes, to be happy!

What's your favourite smell? Cooked bacon and fresh coffee.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Winston Churchill, Dame Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? The difference between a Master and a Beginner is, the Master has made more mistakes, but he has learnt from them!

What's your favourite piece of trivia? Anything with seeds on the inside is a fruit not a vegetable!

What's your favourite piece of kit? Anything that works!

Which three albums would you take to a desert island? Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Singing to Strangers, Jack Savoretti and Come Fly with Me by Frank Sinatra.

What's the daftest work-related question you have ever been asked? Why are we changing that, we have always done it this way!

What three words best describes yourself? Sociable, tenacious and direct.

What is the single most useful thing you could tell a 16-year-old greenkeeper? Be a sponge, always take advice and gather as much knowledge as you can; through experience, you will be able to pick the wheat from the chaff!

What talent would you like to have? To play the piano.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? The banning of mobile phones in restaurants!

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