0 Getting Personal with Mike Cartwright

MikeCartwrightMike Cartwright - cheap and from the 70s, but Mrs C can look forward to a windfall


Who are you? Mike Cartwright, Head Greenkeeper at Highcliffe Castle Golf Club.

Family status? Married with two children aged 8 and 6.

What would you change about yourself? My grumpiness!

What has been the highlight of your career so far? Winning the Pitchcare photo competition for two consecutive months.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Dara O'Brien, Aryton Senna and Bob Monkhouse.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why? Not really anyone but, if 'anything', then my cat! She seems to live a life of luxury.

Do you have any bad habits? I have none.

... or any good ones? If you ask me, then plenty.

Do you go to bed worrying about the next day's workload? Sometimes.

What are you reading at the moment? Angel Time by Anne Rice.

What are your pet peeves? Bad drivers who don't acknowledge the fact that you've given way to them.

If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? Anywhere on an airplane.

What's the best part of your job? Working with three great blokes.

… and the worst? Cold early starts in January.

Do you have a lifetime ambition? Just to make sure my family turn out well.

Favourite record, and why? At the moment, its No Milk Today by Hermans Hermits.

Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? Obviously my good lady.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? As with all my money, give it to the boss (Mrs C!).

If you were to describe yourself as a musical instrument, what would you be and why? A Bontempi organ, because I'm cheap and from the seventies!

What's the best advice you have ever been given? One from school is 'manners maketh man'. Work advice is from Kerran Daly which was 'it's not what you take away, it's what you leave behind'.

What's your favourite smell? Roses, not the chocolate ones!

What do you do in your spare time? Golf, cycling, photography, and I've just started as the local Beaver Scout leader.

What's the daftest work related question you have ever been asked? Will it be a trolley ban next Thursday?

What's your favourite piece of kit? Charterhouse topdresser

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Innovative, wonderful, liar!

What talent would you like to have? To drink a glass of water and sing at the same time.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? That my kids get free school shoes.

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