East Lake Golf Club Background Located in Atlanta, Georgia, East Lake Golf Club is the home course of legendary golfer Bobby Jones and is the oldest golf course in the city of Atlanta. The 18-hole private course began construction in 1904 and was designed by course architect Tom Bendelow. In 1913 the course was redesigned to its current layout by famed architect Donald Ross. In 1994, East Lake’s current Director of Agronomy Ralph Kepple, CGCS worked with Rees Jones on a redesign of the golf course which included reconstruction of the greens, tees, fairways and bunkers, a new irrigation system, a new storm drainage system, a switch to Meyer zoysiagrass fairways, a new maintenance facility and many other upgrades. East Lake Golf Club has played host to several professional and amateur events over the years including the 1963 Ryder Cup, 2001 US Amateur Championship, 2002 Southern Amateur, 20 TOUR Championships and continues to host the East Lake Cup, a collegiate golf tournament developed through The Golf Channel that is held at the end of October. East Lake Golf Club currently serves as the home to the TOUR Championship held each year in August. Today, the Club’s membership is primarily corporate and plays host to a variety of personal, business and professional golfers and events each year. The Club is also philanthropic in nature in that all proceeds from operations go back to benefit the surrounding East Lake community.
Course Operation 18-hole facility with practice range, chipping and short game practice area. MiniVerde Ultradwarf Bermuda Grass Greens, Meyer Zoysia Fairways, TIfway 419 Rough, Variety of Bermuda and Zoysia Grass Tees. Toro Irrigation with Toro Lynx Central Control System and E-Osmac Satellite Controllers. Automated SubAir units at every green.
Duties The Assistant-in-Training (A.I.T.) is a developmental position for individuals who want to learn how a high-end Agronomic Department operates throughout the year. Individuals will learn how to prepare for large-scale tournaments such as the PGA TOUR Championship and East Lake Cup. The ideal candidate will have a desire to be a successful Superintendent within the industry. They will hold themselves personably accountable for their behavior and work performed, as well as their professional development throughout the program’s tenure. A.I.T.s will report directly to the Lead Assistant Superintendents. A.I.T.s will be heavily involved in all aspects of course maintenance with specific focus on key tasks that are critical to achieving tournament-ready course conditioning.
Opportunities Include: • Annual renovations and grow in experience • Networking opportunities with PGA Tour Agronomist • Supervisory roles • In-depth understanding of plant protection products and use
• In-depth understanding of Lynx central control system and daily set up of irrigation • Thorough understanding of a wide range of equipment operation • Base understanding of equipment repair and maintenance • Annually host Top 30 PGA TOUR players in the final playoff tournament for the PGA TOUR
Throughout your tenure, the Assistant Superintendents and Superintendent will work personally with the A.I.T. to improve their abilities and career opportunities. The A.I.T.s will take full responsibility in one sector of golf course maintenance at a time such as moisture management, or pesticide application, and change roles throughout the year to ensure all aspects of agronomy are achieved. We expect professionalism, as well as high quality performance. This is to ensure that in future endeavors the A.I.T. is leaving our program with a well-rounded knowledge of golf course management. The expectation is that A.I.T.s are investing one to two years (dependent on case-by-case basis) at East Lake. The ultimate goal is to fully prepare the individual for promotional (Second Assistant or Assistant Superintendent) opportunities immediately following the program. Every season includes new ideas, trials, and maintenance practices as we constantly strive to improve the playability and aesthetics of our facility. A.I.T.’s will be involved in all of these practices.
The executive management team at ELGC has spent the past 4 years developing a master plan with Rees Jones Design. The master plan work is scheduled to be phased over a 3-year period with the majority of the work being completed between the fall of 2021 through August 2024. The work includes plans for the following:
• Finalization of the clubs master drainage plan • Installation of new SubAir units • Rebuilding off all fairway bunkers • Rebuilding the range and the range tee • Resurfacing all tees to include removal of some tees and installation of new tees • Rebuilding of greens complexes to include coring and rebuilding greens, surrounds, bunkers, and approaches • In-depth understanding of Lynx central control system and daily set up of irrigation • Thorough understanding of a wide range of equipment operation • Base understanding of equipment repair and maintenance • Annually host Top 30 PGA TOUR players in the final playoff tournament for the PGA TOUR • New Toro 2-wire irrigation system installation including a new pump house • Re-grassing all of the intermediate rough • Installation and removal of service paths throughout the golf course • Lake excavation of 23 acres of lakes and ponds • Agronomy facility upgrades and renovations
• 2-4 year degree preferred or Turf Certificate. • Minimum 1 season of golf course maintenance experience. • Looking for an individual with a strong work ethic looking to build a career in the Industry. • Creative person with a good attitude, an eye for detail and strong communication skills. • Must be self-disciplined and able to carry out goals established by management. • GA State Pesticide Applicators License or ability to obtain one within 3 months of hire.
Additional Salary Information: 500-600 hours of seasonal overtime
Housing provided in a home roughly ½ mile from East Lake Golf Club including utilities, Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance after 30 days of employment,
PTO accrual, 401K, Uniforms, Limited Golfing Privileges, Local & National Association Dues, continuing education opportunities + more.