Getting Personal with Scott Gardner

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Scott Gardner - he used to dress up as a ghost!

Who are you? Scott Gardner - Course Manager at Northenden Golf Club.

Family status. Married with one son and lots of animals.

Who's your hero and why? My grandad, he taught me a lot growing up on the farm.

What's been the highlight of your career so far? Reaching my goal to become a Course Manager.

If your younger self saw you now, what would he think? He looks tired ha-ha.

Which famous people wind you up? Social media influencers. Are they even famous?

What job would you love, other than your own? Professional golfer.

What was the most embarrassing moment in your life? There has been a few to be honest. I used to dress up as a ghost on the Clitheroe Ghost Walk with Simon Entwistle every Friday night for my weekly £5 wage and one time, on Halloween, as I came out to scare all of the ghost walkers I slipped and nearly broke my neck ha-ha. I wish I was actually a ghost that night then I could have drifted away into the darkness.

What's your favourite smell? Cow shi4 - I always know I'm home when I can smell that ha-ha.

What scares you? My wife, no just kidding. I would say my dreams as they are very ambitious.

What would your autobiography be called… and who would play you in the film? Healing tough times. I think this would suit me well after spending a few years in care as a young lad. Played by Jean Claud Van Damme.

What is your favourite sport? Golf.

What would you cast into Room 101? Negativity.

Which historical time and place would you most like to visit? I would love to go back to 1591 to view the farm where I grew up in the year it was built.

What's your favourite piece of trivia? There are three types of people in the world; ones that can count and ones that cannot.

Do you have a lifetime ambition? My ambition is to work on a top 100 golf course in the world.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? My wife, my son and my late grandad.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? Hard work pays off ... this is so true.

What is your favourite film? Kickboxer is one of a few.

Which three albums would you take to a desert island? None, I would embrace my surroundings.

What's the daftest work-related question you have ever been asked? So, you just cut grass? No, just kidding this one is old now. Recently a member asked me if the pond we have just installed on the golf course to help cope with localised flooding was exiting the outlet into a septic tank. I mean, that's a poor question considering it holds 200,000 litres and has an average flow rate of around twenty gallons per minute.

What's your favourite piece of kit? Our 3-tonne digger, It enables us to achieve so many tasks.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Busy, intelligent and organised.

What is the single most useful thing you could tell a 16-year-old greenkeeper? Do not be scared to vary your work experience in various jobs for a couple of years each role. Value education and qualifications. Also, you will do lots of work for little money initially.

What talent would you like to have? I wish I could sing, then my wife would stop telling me to be quiet!

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? All stray dogs must live at my house.

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