How long have you been in your job?
I have been at Palmer Gold Coast (previously Robina Woods) for 15yrs, and in the industry for 40+ years (feeling a bit old).
What do you love about your course?
I think the character and layout of Palmer Gold Coast is one of the best on the coast, with its individual treeline fairways.
What do you love about being an assistant superintendent?
The variety of day-to-day challenges along with a multitude of accomplishments.
What challenges do you face being an assistant super?
Budgets and staff cuts are the main challenges in today’s environment.
What was your first job?
After trying my hand at brickies labouring and roof tiling, Apprentice Green keeping at Nelson bay golf course was my calling.
What was your best job?
Being part of the team preparing for the Ladies Masters tournament at Royal Pines under Mr Frank Paul. It was highly rewarding to be part of a world class Tournament and viewing our hard work on the television coverage.
What was your worst job?
Having to dismiss an employee due to budget cuts whilst being the Superintendent at The Willows golf course in Townsville.
In addition to being paid money, how else has your career created value in your life?
Meeting like-minded people in an industry that I am proud of and enjoy immensely.
Who was the biggest influence in your career?
My father Rex Linnell, who was a time and methods Engineer. He taught me to always do the best I can with what I have, in which has always helped me in my career and my personal life.
Is your job what you thought it would be when you started?
Yes, it absolutely it is – having achieved a lot of my goals and ambitions.
Are there any projects you have worked on that have been particularly interesting?
The redevelopment challenges I accomplished associated with course redesign. Being involved with the council and environmental departments for a new recycled water pipeline to The Willows golf course in Townsville was extremely rewarding.
Describe your team
I am extremely lucky to have a dedicated loyal team that I can count on at all times.
Do you have any advice for someone interested in this field/job?
Dedication to the industry is vital, your rewards come from the quality of your course you provide to the golfers, as this field/job is poor paying and highly demanding.
How do you prepare yourself for emerging trends and changes in the industry?
On-going communication with colleges of possible new procedures and views that are happening. For an outcome that will be beneficial to all in the industry.