Getting Personal with Martin Cox

Martin Cox – walking through life with a smile – and gray hair!

Who are you? Martin Cox, Greens/Course Director at Ingestre Park Golf Club

Family situation? Married with two adult sons.

Who is your hero and why? I don’t have any heroes in particular, but I admire all those who can, against all odds, go through life with a smile!

What has been the highlight of your career so far? My involvement in the reconfiguration of our course at Ingestre Park and the constitution of a Greens Team to accompany it.

If your youngster saw you now, what would he think? How gray are you!

Which famous people annoy you? Piers Morgan, Tony Blair and Gordon Ramsey.

What job would you like, other than your own?
Travel writer.

What was the most embarrassing moment of your life? In my youth, I entered an interview with my flies undone!

What is your favorite movie? Zulu (1964).

What scares you? The life!

What would your autobiography be called… and who would play you in the film? Ride the roller coaster of life! Performed by Simon Pegg.

What is your favourite sport? Golf.

What would you throw in room 101?

Which historical period and place would you most like to visit? Bath in the 1700s.

Do you have a lifetime ambition? Yes, be happy!

What is your favorite smell? Cooked bacon and fresh coffee.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to dinner? Winston Churchill, Dame Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The difference between a Master and a Beginner is that the Master made more mistakes, but he learned from them!

What is your favorite anecdote? Anything that contains seeds is a fruit, not a vegetable!

What is your favorite kit? Anything that works!

Which three albums would you take to a desert island? Four seasons of Vivaldi, Singing to Strangers, Jack Savoretti and Frank Sinatra’s Come Fly with Me.

What’s the dumbest professional question you’ve ever been asked? Why are we changing this, we have always done it this way!

What three words best describe you?
Sociable, tenacious and direct.

What’s the most helpful thing you can say to a 16-year-old gardener? Be a sponge, always take advice and gather as much knowledge as possible; by dint of experience, you will be able to draw the wheat from the chaff!

What talent would you like to have? Play piano.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? Ban cell phones in restaurants!

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