0 Getting Personal with Oliver Pennington

OliverPenningtonOliver Pennington - hot spots, top crops and a quick 'washdown' of a pint


Who are you? Oliver Pennington, Head of Golf Course and Grounds at Les Ormes Resort, Jersey.

Family status? Single.

Who's your hero and why? Steven Gerrard - great player and servant to Liverpool.

What's your guilty pleasure? A pint after work on a Saturday.

What's been the highlight of your career so far? Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year regional winner and National Finalist 2009.

What are your pet peeves? Not cleaning down machinery properly.

If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? Scotland - the best golf courses in the UK by far.

What's the best part of your job? Having my say on course improvements and course conditioning.

… and the worst? During the height of summer, having to come to work on weekends and nights to fix irrigation and hand hose hotspots on greens.

Do you have a lifetime ambition? To lead a team at an 18 hole championship course.

Favourite record, and why? Public Enemy - Harder than you think.

Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? News presenter, Suzanna Reid.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Buy a house - getting on the property ladder is extremely difficult in Jersey.

If you were to describe yourself as a musical instrument, what would you be and why? A triangle - simple.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Old Tom Morris, Harry Colt and Tom Doak. It would be great to listen to their views on course design, what was going through their minds when designing differing courses and how they compare to each other. Plus their thoughts on equipment changes and golf course surface expectations etc.

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why? Tiger Woods - best player to play the game.

Do you go to bed worrying about the next day's workload? I did when I first started this role, as it was my first head job, but really now only when there is a big competition on; I worry about has everything been completed and will all go to plan.

What are you reading at the moment? Task Force Black by Mark Urban.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? Do not over complicate things.

What's your favourite smell? Freshly mown grass.

What do you do in your spare time? I play golf!

What's the daftest work related question you have ever been asked? Can I leave early to get my haircut?

What's your favourite piece of kit? Our new core harvester, it save so much time.

What talent would you like to have? To be good enough to be a tour pro golfer.

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