Founder - EnvoyGolf
Mark is one of two founding directors of Ellington Savage, www.ellingtonsavage.com.au, an international search firm established in 1993 and in 2019 founded EnvoyGolf.
Playing golf for more years than he cares to remember he is a member of one of the worlds top ranked courses, New South Wales Golf Club at La Perouse. This interest in golf and membership at New South Wales Golf Club led to his applying his broader recruitment industry experience within the golf industry recruiting the then titled Green Keeper in 1989.
Since then, he has been involved in every senior appointment at New South Wales Golf Club; three General Managers, three Golf Managers/Director of Golf, Head Professional, a couple of Head Chefs, F&B Manager, Finance Manager/Assistant General Manager and after 29 years the current Course Superintendent.
This work led to being referred into other clubs, recruiting some of the most senior roles at a number of golf clubs in Sydney; including The Australian, Manly, Bonnie Doon, Royal Sydney and Terrey Hills. Most of this work has involved tapping into, and recruiting out of offshore markets in North America, the UK, Europe, South Africa and Asia.
This international involvement parallels the work involved in the core Ellington Savage practice, which has sourced talent out of international markets for some of Australia's highest profile organisations in a range of sectors. It is this exposure to the international markets and specifically in the golfing industry and which led to solving specific golf industry resourcing issues from a global, cross border perspective.
Associate - EnvoyGolf
Cameron has grown up around golf and has developed both a passion for the industry and a strong network of connections throughout the industry worldwide.
An accomplished low handicap golfer, whilst still in school he was part of the Scotland development squad and played in many international golf tournaments within Europe and as far afield as South Africa.
Graduating in golf management in July 2019, during the summer months Cameron worked on golf courses as a greenkeeper. Included in these are The Castle Course (part of the prestigious St Andrews Links Trust collection of courses, Royal Bled in Slovenia and The Lakes, Sydney, to further his career within the industry.
During his studies he was awarded an R&A Scholarship which gave him the opportunity to be a part of a behind the scenes tour at The Open Championship at Carnoustie. Added to this he was awarded a Continuing Professional Development Award from the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association in January 2020.
These awards and his experience working as a greenkeeper provide him with an excellent grasp of what Superintendents are looking for in their crew members and the requirements and benefits of the role of greenkeeper, for both experienced and new to role candidates. Through his connections back in Europe and South Africa, Cameron is well placed to access the market of young greenkeepers in these locations
Associate - EnvoyGolf
Carl is uniquely qualified to work with EnvoyGolf. He was one of the participants in the pilot programme in the 2019/2020 season, coming to Australia from Sweden to work at Avondale Golf Club. After working there over the summer, he decided to stay on and in October this season he started with EnvoyGolf.
Carl comes from a golfing family. He grew up in a town in the south of Sweden called Vastervik, where amongst other business interests his family own the local golf course.
From an early age he was playing golf and at 11 was playing to a handicap of 10. At 13 he started working on the family golf course and did so every season up until when he moved to Australia. Through this time he worked in all different areas of the operation and developed a strong interest in furthering his knowledge and experience in the golf industry. He also qualified through the Swedish Greenkeepers Association.
From his experience working on golf courses in Sweden and here, he has a 'hands on' understanding of both what Superintendents are looking for in their staff and the role of the greenkeeper. He also provides EnvoyGolf with a multi lingual capability and a strong connection back into the market of young greenkeepers in the Nordics.
In October 2019, EnvoyGolf's first international greens staff arrived in Sydney, starting their adventure and bringing to life the concept of EnvoyGolf. After that first placement, EnvoyGolf brought in 16 more greens staff from Sweden and Norway to work at 11 clubs across three states. Placements were made into Avondale, Cape Wickham Links, Ellerston, Killara, Mona Vale, New South Wales, Royal Queensland, Strathfield, Terrey Hills, The Australian and Twin Creeks Golf Clubs.
This only came about with the cooperation and strong support of the Swedish Greenkeepers Association and their CEO Goran Tyrsing, who was looking for job opportunities for their younger members over winter when they would otherwise be unemployed. That and the buy in and support of the golf clubs Superintendents here, who took a leap of faith in appointing young men and woman from the other side of the world and those same young men and woman who came here from the other side of the world!
As our photo gallery and testimonials suggest, our first season was a success. With this pilot programme, EnvoyGolf helped solve the need for additional crew members on Australian golf courses over the summer growing season. At the same time we were providing jobs and an international experience for young Scandinavian greenkeepers keen to be working and living here while their courses back home were closed for winter. Through that first season in the summer of 2019/2020, we learnt a great deal about where and how to improve the experience for both golf clubs and greens staff.
The plan for the 2020-2021 season was to ramp up the numbers considerably, hoping that Covid-19 related constraints on international travel will have relaxed sufficiently to allow us to operate. Many clubs, including the ones involved this year, had already expressed their interest in participating in our second season, and our first year's participants are enthusiastic proponents of the experience to colleagues back home.
Unfortunately as the Covid 19 virus rampaged around the world and less so here in Australia and New Zealand, but with strict border closures, that could not happen.
As the need for summer casual staff still existed around golf clubs in Australia this 2020/2021 summer, EnvoyGolf refocused efforts on the local market and managed to place a number of locally based staff into a number of the above clubs and a number of clubs new to EnvoyGolf. These have generally been people new to working on a golf course. Some are now looking to move into the industry fulltime and they Superintendents they are working similarly keen to employ them beyond the summer growing season.
Moving forward we are planning for the 2021/2022 Australian summer season and bringing in greenkeepers Oct/Nov this year, hoping that international travel is up and operational by then. We are also working with our Scandinavian counterparts to look at placing greenkeepers out of Australia and New Zealand into Scandinavian for their summer season starting in May/June this year they have the same problem as golf clubs here in terms of heavier workloads.
While the earlier timing here is more likely to run up against international travel restrictions we are planning to be ready in case these restrictions are lifted in time, sourcing roles in Finland and Sweden and candidates here in Australia and New Zealand.
'Last year I employed two guys out of Sweden, and they were the best two summer interns we have ever had.'
'Access to a supply of experienced greens staff I don't have to track down will save me a lot of time. And these are people who are here to work and enjoy a Sydney Summer.'
Course Superintendent, The Australian Golf Club
'The recruitment process was easy and efficient. I selected one Swedish greenkeeper, who arrives promptly every day, ready to work with a positive attitude and solid skill set.
Currently, the golfing industry is thin on staff and being able to secure a summer casual is extremely beneficial for Strathfield Golf Club. I wouldn’t hesitate to do the same again for next summer.'
Course Superintendent, Strathfield Golf Club
'EnvoyGolf are pioneering the solution to a problem faced by most golf clubs in Australia - a shortage of seasonal course staff during the summer growing season. Congratulations to Mark and his team for facilitating this solution to a gap in our labour needs and making it an easy process.'
General Manager, New South Wales Golf Club
'Thanks to EnvoyGolf I had an amazing experience working on King Island at Cape Wickham Golf Links. The EnvoyGolf team was really helpful with everything. This is highly recommended if you want to work as a greenskeeper in Australia. Lots of thanks to Mark and Anni!'
Season 2019-2020 Envoy,
Cape Wickham Golf Links