Friday, 30 June 2023

Fairmont Feature with Mark Farragher

Fairmont Feature with Mark Farragher
Today we are chatting to Mark Farragher, Carton House’s Assistant Course Superintendent. A fixture on the hotel’s golf course for 23 years, 
Mark shares with us his career story to date and what makes working at Carton House, Fairmont such a special experience. 

1.Tell us about your career journey at Carton House, Fairmont?
When I first came to Carton House, Fairmont, I was a fully-qualified greenkeeper in golf course management, having studied near St. Andrews in Scotland.

I started as a greenkeeper and moved my way up the ladder. After a year and a half, I became the head greenkeeper on one of the courses 
before moving on to become assistant superintendent. 

2. What is your favourite part of the job? 
It may sound strange but my favourite part of the job is when everything works on the day. 

When you line everything up with the team and everything goes well, you can say you acheived some good work. 
I like that feeling where you can take away satisfaction from the job with you. 

3. What makes the Carton House, Fairmont employee experience so unique?
It’s definitely the history of the place. As a staff member, it’s incredible to be here every day and to be a part of the story. 
It’s a unique place to work, and there is so much happening all the time. You never get bored. 

4. Tell us your thoughts on the career opportunities at Carton House, Fairmont.
There’s a lot of opportunity for career progression here – for finding what role fits you best and for training. 

In any job, learning and development are key, and if you want to learn as much as you can, Carton House, Fairmont will help you every step of the way. 

5. What advice would you give someone looking to start a career in greenkeeping at Carton House, Fairmont?
First, get as much experience as you can. Learn the tools and the different ways of greenkeeping in different climates. 
Go from golf course to golf course, and ultimately, this will help you get your dream role in a top golf course, like Carton House, Fairmont. 

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