About the Club Columbia Golf Club was organized in the District of Columbia in September of 1898. The game of golf was introduced with three holes played around the Club in 1898 but the first property was sold in 1909. The Club was reformed into Columbia Country Club by 200 of its original members and by 1911 the club had selected its present location and constructed a Clubhouse and golf course. Columbia Country Club’s golf course was designed by member Dr. Walter Harban assisted by Herbert Barker, professional of Garden City Golf Club. Walter Travis amended the course in 1917 and although the course’s reconstruction involved changing features it remained true to the original design and is the basis of the routing of the Columbia Country Club course as it exists today.
Championship golf has a home at Columbia Country Club including the 1921 US Open Championship won by Jim Barnes. The runner up was none other than Fred McLeod, Columbia Country Club’s first head professional who was an accomplished professional golfer. The Club has hosted a number of other state, regional and national golf championships, including the U. S. Boys Amateur Championship won by Brian Harman in 2003. The Club will host its 3rd USGA championship this summer with the 2021 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in July.
About the Position The Golf Course Superintendent performs all duties necessary in the proper management and control of the golf course operations and turfgrass maintenance. The Golf Course Superintendent is responsible for managing all agronomic aspects of Columbia Country Club and delivering championship playing conditions on a daily basis.
About the Ideal Candidate The Ideal candidate will have been an established Golf Course Superintendent and Director of Agronomy with a track record of leading highly regarded private clubs or golf courses with a history of providing the highest standards of conditioning. Candidates managing in transition zones are desirable as are candidates successfully cultivating poa annua greens under championship conditions.
Candidates should be a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Turfgrass Science or Horticulture from an accredited college or university. GCSAA’s Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) or similar professional development achievements are desired.
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