Twenty Questions with Dan Groome

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DanGroomeDan Groome, Head Greenkeeper at Aqualate Golf Club, wants a fixed minimum wage for greenkeepers and a fairer tax system. We aren't going to argue!

Who are you? Dan Groome, Head Greenkeeper/Mechanic at Aqualate Golf Club.

Family status? Married with two children.

Who's your hero and why? Radio One's Chris Moyles, because he helps me get up and motivated every working day.

What is your dream holiday? The Bahamas.

What annoys you the most? People who think they are above their station.

What would you change about yourself? I would have changed that I was a smoker - I have been smoke free for twelve weeks, and counting!

Who would you like to be? Jeremy Clarkson, he just has the best job in the world.

Favourite record, and why? The Manic Street Preachers' Motorcycle Emptiness, but credit must also be given to Green Day's Basketcase.

Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? The wife, unless you've got secret ink that only greenkeepers would see - then it would be Kate Hudson!

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Head straight for the Aston Martin dealership.

If you were to describe yourself as a musical instrument, what would you be and why? Probably a drum kit - make a lot of noise - some good, some not so!

What's the best advice you have ever been given? Don't eat yellow snow - from my dad.

What's your favourite smell? Petrol.

What do you do in your spare time? Gardening, listening to music and spending time with the family.

What's the daftest work related question you have ever been asked? I once got asked if the sprinkler heads were, in fact, big nuts to hold the greens down. Jesus wept!

What's your favourite piece of kit? The John Deere 2500e greens mower.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Handy, knowledgeable and workaholic.

What talent would you like to have? Any musical ability.

What makes you angry? People being late.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? A fixed minimum wage system for greenkeepers and a fairer taxation system.

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