THE GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT (GCS) OPPORTUNITY AT HALLBROOK COUNTRY CLUB
Hallbrook Country Club is looking for a Golf Course Superintendent that is successfully managing Bentgrass greens and zoysia fairways in a challenging environment. The GCS will be a strong, outgoing, energetic, communicative, detail-oriented, empathetic, positive work culture driven team leader with a passion for the game of golf and providing premier golfing conditions.
HALLBROOK IS KANSAS CITY’S PREMIER GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB EXPERIENCE.
The single most important event in the establishment of Hallbrook Country Club occurred in 1927 when Joyce C. Hall acquired a 41-acre farm at 110th Street and State Line Road. Joyce Hall founded the largest greeting card company in the world, Hallmark Cards Inc., widely known and respected. He built the large white Georgian-style house that still overlooks the golf course in 1930, raised his family and lived there until his death in 1982.
As the Kansas City suburbs continued their race to the south, the Hall farm became the most desirable property for development in the area. In the mid 1980s, the Hall family announced that the farm would become an upscale residential development with a golf course.
Tom Fazio was selected to be the golf course architect, and the property for the golf course was selected first, after which the residential lots were plotted. His charge was to respect the natural terrain and preserve as much of the landscape as possible. Construction started in 1986, and the golf course was opened for play in June 1988 with Don Hall hitting the first drive. At that time, based upon the USGA rating system, the golf course was the second most difficult course in the United States. Hallbrook’s course is consistently rated as one of the top golf courses in Kansas.
In January 1988, Hallbrook Farms Country Club was formed as a private golf, tennis, and social club. On July 1, 1989, Halbrook’s tennis and swimming pool pavilion opened. Consistent with the Hall family philosophy, the facilities were first-rate. The clubhouse opened Memorial Day weekend in 1990. And on December 31, 1993, the ownership of the Club was turned over to the members, and the name was changed to Hallbrook Country Club.
In the thirty-years of operations, Hallbrook Country Club by all measurers has been tremendously successful. It is a gathering place for friends and families, a place for recreation, learning new skills, and recharging one’s spirit. About seven hundred families are members of the Club.
Over the years some of the facilities have been replaced and others remodeled or improved. But all with the objective of providing the finest family-oriented facilities, programs, and services for the
satisfaction of the members. This can be seen with the state-of-the-art tennis, fitness and pool pavilion. Here members work-out and play tennis all year round. One former junior tennis player competed at Wimbledon, the U. S. Open, and the Australian Open. During the summer, the pool is home to the swim and dive team of more than 200 children, as well as recreational swimmers and families.
Hallbrook’s beautiful and renowned golf course is believed by many to be the finest golf course in the area. It has hosted various golf tournaments. These include the Watson Challenge (an invitational tournament initiated by the legendary professional golfer Tom Watson to determine the best golfer in the area), the Kansas Amateur Tournament, and qualifying rounds for the United States Open.
Since the opening of Hallbrook Country Club, one constant that the members would agree upon is that the Club has produced many meaningful and lasting friendships. In this sense, the Club might be the modern-day equivalent of a neighborhood
The Golf Course Superintendent reports directly to the General Manager/Chief Operating Officer (GM/COO). The GCS will lead and manage his/her team to ensure superb golfing conditions throughout the golfing season, all while creating a friendly, open atmosphere with team members. He/She is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Club’s golf course and landscaping.
Frequent, open, and transparent communication with the GM/COO and Director of Golf is required. The GCS is expected to lead the golf course maintenance team as well as providing information, recommendations, and leadership to the GM/COO to provide superior golfing conditions.
The GCS is expected to ensure that the golf course is consistently in excellent condition and has a high level of detailing. Continuing education and staying at the forefront of research and technology are necessary for success. In addition, the GCS will provide creative leadership and foster a culture of continuing education and development of future turf professionals. The GCS must have a natural style of “sincere engagement” with members and the Hallbrook Country Club team along with a love of the game of golf and a passion for surpassing the members’ course conditioning expectations.
INITIAL AREAS OF FOCUS
Increased level of detailing on the golf course and the on-course landscape
Evaluate the course conditions and develop an action plan for the winter maintenance program
Create an action plan to improve stress tolerance of greens and complete repairs of thin areas
Create an exceptional work environment for team members
DESIRED CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will be a Superintendent with a minimum of five years’ experience at a golf course known for providing exceptional golf course conditioning.
Successful experience with Bentgrass greens in challenging climates
Experience providing smooth, firm, fast greens with an understanding of managing summer stress
Experience with Zoysia fairways
Experience managing cool-season roughs in the transition zone
Proactive, high energy, collaborative leader, a team builder
A history of developing a positive, employee and member-centric work culture
A history of mentoring team members and advancing their careers
Strong employee training programs
Regular timely communications with the Director of Golf and the Golf Operations Team
Strong relationship builder with a history of excellent relations with their Golf Professional, and General Manager
Proven experience working with committees
Strong observational skills and detail-oriented
Experienced in completing projects and tasks in a timely fashion
Experienced with maintaining the edges of the golf course at a high level
Confident, take-charge leader
Strong budget management and forecasting (zero-based) skills
Excellent communication skills with both club and team members
Highly visible and approachable
Strong bunker maintenance programming
Takes ownership of the property
History of strong organizational skills and orderly maintenance building and yard
A creative turf manager with strong agronomic skills
Stays current with advances in turf technology, irrigation management, and equipment maintenance
Maintains a strong network of industry peers
Concise and direct communication skills
Passion for exceptional conditioning
Pride in maintaining Club Grounds
A high Golf IQ and a love for great golf course architecture
A strong understanding of daily golf course setup
EDUCATIONAL AND CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATIONS
A degree in turf management or related field of study. GCSAA Certification is preferred.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Club offers a competitive salary, bonus, and benefits package including a GCSAA membership for a position of this scope and responsibility.
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