0 Getting Personal with Derek Metcalfe

Scilly DerekMetcalfe2Derek Metcalfe - has trouble keeping his partner awake. Maybe time to turn the amp up a notch or two?


Who are you? Derek Metcalfe

Family status: Divorced with two children in their thirties. I am now living with my partner, Shirley Burtonshaw.

Who's your hero and why? Leo Fender, he built the world's greatest guitar.

What would you change about yourself? I would like to be a better guitarist, the golf swing I can work on.

What is your guilty pleasure? Wine.

What do you drop everything for? The right weather to do things I need to do.

What has been the highlight of your year so far? Cutting greens early on a sunny day.

Climate change - fact or fiction? Hard to say in Scilly, but worldwide FACT.

What's your favourite season? Spring, as the green starts to grow.

What are your pet peeves? Golfers who don't repair pitch marks.

If you could go anywhere right now where would it be? Vancouver, Canada.

What's the best part of your job? The comments from visitors paying greens fees about the amazing views from the course.

... and the worst? Lifting that first 25kg bag of topdressing on a cold winter's morning.

Do you have a lifetime ambition? It used to be Lands End to John O'Groats on a bike, but I think the legs are past it.

Who wouldn't you like to be? There are some people but "no names, no pack drill".

Favourite record and why? Springsteen, The Human Touch. He's the boss.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Smile and sigh deeply.

Who would you chose to spend a romantic evening with? It would have to be my partner Shirley, if I could keep her awake long enough!

If you were to describe yourself as a musical instrument what would you be and why? Keith Richards' open G tuned Telecaster; I won't explain why, go and have a listen for yourself.

What is the best advice you have ever been given? By Dave Manley, our greens consultant, on how to replace hole plugs.

What is your favourite smell? Camomile in our fairways when they have just been cut.

What do you do in your spare time? Play guitar in a band.

What's your favourite piece of kit? The Toro 3100 Greensmower.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Awkward, bloody awkward!

What talent would you like to have? To make it rain when I want rain.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? Regional and performance pay for politicians, voted for by nurses.

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