'It's an exciting move for me," - greenkeeper pleased to land in Norwich after spells in Scotland, USA and Italy
PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:05 15 October 2018
He's tended to the green, green grass at both home and abroad and now David Fraser has teed up a top job at a Norwich hotel.
Mr Fraser has so far clocked up thousands of miles in his 16-year career as a greenkeeper.
After starting at Milport golf course, on the Isle of Cumbrae in 2002, the 33-year-old from Irvine went off to work at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina before spells at golf courses in Loch Lomond, the Verdura Resort in Sicily and The Wisley in Surrey.
But Mr Fraser, who has prepared golf courses for events like the Scottish Open and US Women’s Open, has now landed a new role at Dunston Hall in Norwich.
And although the appointment at Dunston Hall is his first head greenkeeper role in the UK, he feels the experience he has gained during more than a decade and a half will stand him in good stead and ensure he is more than up to par.
He said: “It’s an exciting move for me.
“I’ve been around the world and gained alot of experience in different climates and different cultures but I’m looking forward to getting started at Dunston and trying to make it the best golf course it can be.”
He added: “It’s more responsibility and a move to a part of the world which is new to me.
“But Dunston Hall is a great venue with a growing reputation and I believe I can bring the knowledge I have gained to bear on the course and team here.
“There are no big fixes required, but I’m hoping different perspectives and techniques from around the world will help us continue to grow our reputation - and keep our members happy.”
Off the course, Mr Fraser, who has recently become a father, is a keen sports fan and watches football - both Norwich City at Carrow Road and Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox whenever he can. To keep fit, he plays football on a weekly basis, and goes for long walks with his family.
Andrew Blyth, Dunston Hall’s general manager, said: “David is an impressive individual and has already made his presence felt in a good way.
“Maintaining a resort golf course in top condition is not an easy task, but it is one he has taken to with relish.”