Wayne, PA | St. Davids Golf Club (“St. Davids”) was founded in 1897 and in 1927 opened an 18-hole Donald Ross-designed course in the center of Wayne, Pa. Located in the middle of Philadelphia’s Main Line, the club has a long history of membership who love golf as it is a true “Golf Club”. For the Club’s history, please go to our website:
A designer of well over 400 courses in the U.S., we are sure Mr. Ross visited our 135 acres in the mid 1920’s as we have the designer’s notes and the hole drawings are on the wall of our clubhouse. The course is prototypical Ross with undulating greens, well-placed bunkers and wide fairways. With a recently installed state-of-the-art irrigation system and well and pond system to provide course water, the club is poised to continue to grow and improve golf course playing conditions. Ending in 2015, the course also underwent a lengthy restoration led by Ron Prichard which significantly improved the course and added a full-shot practice facility. In 2005, the club built a new Maintenance Building which houses the Green Department and a year later, opened a new clubhouse. There has been a significant amount of capital invested in the club over the past 15 years.
To prepare and preserve the golf course as St. Davids Golf Club’s major asset and as its best opportunity to provide enjoyment to its members.
To understand and fulfill the Green Committee's goals for a firm, fast and exceptional challenge for all levels of players.
To deliver a golf course that plays in such a manner that it meets or exceeds our members and guests expectations.
To plan and execute a program that maintains a superior golf experience at St. Davids, as well as enhances and protects the view and aesthetics of our property.
The course will be maintained such that excellent playing conditions exist for both the championship and the average golfer. The golf course should play near championship standards, on a continued basis and at championship standards for certain events. The Golf Committee will determine these championship events annually.
The goal of maintenance is the least amount of interference to daily play and inconsistent factors on the course as possible. The course will be developed to handle cart use and availability any time the course is open and safe for cart use. The Golf Course Superintendent will determine if carts can be used on the golf course on a daily basis; if necessary, the Superintendent will consult with the Golf Professional staff.
These objectives will be met with guidance from a Green Committee and within an overall annual capital and maintenance budget prepared by the Golf Course Superintendent with assistance from the General Manager and Green Chairman and approved by the Board of Directors of St. Davids Golf Club.
St Davids Golf Club is seeking a highly progressive, diligent and thoughtful Golf Course Superintendent. He/She should be an enthusiastic, visionary leader, who thrives in a collaborative environment. A natural problem solver, who continually seeks to be “best in class” in everything they do. Leadership style drives quick results and long-term sustainable success.
Takes strong ownership in creating a golf experience that resembles the wonderful “lively playing spirit of the grounds and turf envisioned and expected by Donald Ross”. A genuine passion to preserve the “Scottish conditions” that will separate the course into the conversation of elite golf experiences. This position will report directly to the General Manager.
ESSENTIAL / BASIC JOB FUNCTIONS
POSITION SUCCESS TRAITS | To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform essential duties to the highest standards. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Possesses high golf IQ and steward of the game of golf
Passion for preserving and enhancing classic golf courses
Specialized in managing Poa Annua / Bent greens with variable soil profiles including USGA-specifications and native soil push up with internal drainage on existing property
Administered proven and successful Bermudagrass eradication programs in playing surfaces
Strong fescue/native area management
Administers agronomic, cultural and grooming practices to optimize bentgrass populations on all playing surfaces
Strong water management programming, administers practices to encourage consistently firmer conditions through the green
Subscribes to the theory “natural beauty far outweighs over-manicured and lush conditions”
Develops ongoing environmental improvement programs including tree management and drainage
Advancing and maturing turf conditions following capital improvements
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY INCLUDE
Establish and oversee the entire green department, procedures, controls, and focus with the goal of meeting all budget requirements, and member/guest satisfaction
Implement policies and procedures for the green department including compliance with Club expectations while maintaining exceptional playing conditions
Articulate communicator responsible for creating communication platform to membership and key Club department leaders
Produces both every day exceptional conditioning “through the green” and highly detailed peripherals
Ensure the safety and compliance of the department by meeting all federal, state and local regulations regarding chemical applications, labor laws and all other regulations which apply to agronomic practices
Work with the General Manager and Green Chairman in the preparation of the annual budget, including all expenses within the department
Review and analyze various financial results/reports while monitoring the overall green department performance and take any corrective actions that may be needed
Maintain and produce various (daily, weekly, monthly etc.) business reports, forecasts, and plans accordingly
Project leader, who can make quick in field decisions to balance design integrity and sustainable maintenance practices for the betterment of club
Create a team atmosphere where green department team members learn and grow in their profession. Instill a sense of pride in teamwork which will contribute to the achievement of the Club's vision
Constantly seeks latest advances in golf course management to ensure St. Davids Golf Club is well positioned into the future
Suggest capital improvement projects for the annual capital budget
Organize department management meetings, staff meetings, and participate in department head/committee meetings as designated
Visible, approachable and engages with membership consistently
Follow Club policies and procedures regarding the handling of St. Davids Golf Club equipment and other assets
Advise and assist the General Manager and implements policies, procedures, and goals which will strategically enhance the green department for operational and financial success
Ensure member and guest satisfaction with respect to all levels of service and operation within the department
Provide 12 months of golf course access without the use of temporary greens
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS | To be considered for the position, the following qualifications are desired:
Certified Class – GCSAA Class-A member with a minimum of 5 to 10 years’ experience as a Golf Course Superintendent or Assistant at a resort or private club
College Degree – Agronomy/Turfgrass Management. BA/BS Undergraduate Degree preferred
Ability to manage our hybrid of poa annua/bent greens and push/up/USGA greens
Minimum of 5 years of Golf Course Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent experience at a high-quality facility required
Proven history of prioritizing and executing long-range course improvements with club leadership and architect
Knowledge of current Golden Age golf course restoration practices and the ability to implement sympathetic restorations in keeping with Donald Ross design intentions
Bunker restoration and follow up preservation experience
Tee renovation and expansion experience
Valid Driver’s License
Excellent verbal and written skills required
Special Technical & Administrative Knowledge – Ability to interpret diagnostic data (e.g. Soil tests, water tests, nematode assays, etc.) Formulate and manage annual budgets
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations - Preferred Certified Golf Course Superintendent and required certified chemical and pest applicator
About St. Davids Golf Club
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