THE GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT OPPORTUNITY AT JOHN’S ISLAND CLUB, WEST COURSE
Home of the 35th annual USGA Mid-Amateur in 2015, resulting in a win by Sammy Schmitz with a timely ace on a par-4 lead, the lauded West Course is located six miles from John's Island. Upon arriving, you will immediately see why it is special. Designed by Tom Fazio and built on a natural sand ridge featuring stunning elevation changes, it is set on 300 acres with its own clubhouse, but without a single residence to intrude on the serenity. Perennially ranked among the country's most challenging courses, members have a place to get away and revel in its natural beauty while enjoying an array of wildlife in their natural habitat. The newly renovated clubhouse with outdoor dining and panoramic golf vistas complements the indoor teaching facility and two world-class croquet lawns.
The West Course Superintendent reports to Greg Pheneger, the Director of Golf Course Maintenance. In April of 2022, a complete renovation of the West Course will begin with Tom Fazio. This is a tremendous opportunity for a leader who is a highly visible, outgoing, energetic, communicative, detail-oriented, positive work culture driven team leader with a passion for the game of golf, golf course architecture, and providing premiere golfing conditions.
John's Island Club is a private, member-owned club located in the John's Island community in Vero Beach, Florida. Nestled between three miles of sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, the Club offers classic to casual dining facilities, three 18-hole championship golf courses with the West Course being several miles away from the main campus, 17 har-tru clay tennis courts, singles & doubles squash courts, pickleball courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, two croquet lawns and an outstanding calendar of social and recreational activities.
A distinctly private club, the John's Island Club was organized for the exclusive purpose of providing first-class facilities and services for its members and their guests.
JOHN’S ISLAND CLUB/WEST COURSE OVERVIEW
Rounds of golf annually: 20,000
First tee time in season: 7:3
West Course Operating budget: $2.8M
A complete golf course renovation will begin in April of 2022, present course:
The West Course Superintendent is responsible for consistently providing exceptional golfing conditions and the management of golf course maintenance and landscape operations ensuring that objectives, policies, programs, and fiscal practices are implemented, administered, and maintained. Work cooperatively with other departmental managers to ensure an exceptional golf experience for our members. The West Course Superintendent reports to the Director of Golf Course Maintenance and supervises the Golf Course Assistant Superintendent, Golf Course Mechanics, and Grounds Crew.
Key attributes, characteristics, experiences, and style of the successful new leader include:
High Golf IQ with a history of providing extraordinary golfing conditions
Strong agronomic skills and stays current with new developments in golf course maintenance
Proven experience developing golf course maintenance teams and mentoring team members
A history of excellent relationships with prior Director of Agronomy/Golf Course Maintenance, GM, and Golf Professional
Coordinate golf and maintenance activities with the management team
An effective communicator with senior management team, department heads, committee, and members
Experience with renovation/construction projects
A history of sound irrigation management and irrigation system maintenance
Experience maintaining native areas and other landscape areas
Strong budgeting and financial oversight skills with a working knowledge of zero-based budgeting
Supervise the servicing and repair of turfgrass maintenance equipment.
Experienced with Capital Expenditure planning
Communicates regularly with other members of John’s Island’s management team to discuss activities, goals, and plans.
Oversee maintenance operations of the entire golf course including Clubhouse grounds, landscaping, practice grounds, nursery, open spaces, wooded areas, unused acreage, and maintenance equipment
Maintain appropriate records of pesticides and fertilizers
Participate in continuing educational opportunities
Establish and administer safety programs, monitor the adherence to safety procedures
Ensure compliance with operating guidelines pertaining to state and federal laws, along with government rules, regulations, and licenses
Responsible to ensure the organization, security, and cleanliness of the maintenance building, inventory, and equipment
Promotes management and member and guest satisfaction by professionally, courteously, and diplomatically communicating activities, goals, plans, while receiving input in the same manner
Attends weekly staff meetings as required
Is an active member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association and possess a current state certificate or license as a pesticide applicator
A minimum of five years as a golf course superintendent.
EDUCATIONAL AND CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATIONS
A Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year university or college is highly desirable, preferably in Golf Course Maintenance, horticulture, plant, and soil sciences.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Club, along with the typical senior staff benefits, offers an excellent bonus and benefit package.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY
Preparing a thoughtful letter of interest and alignment with the above-noted expectations and requirements is necessary. Your letter should be addressed to Greg Pheneger, Director of Golf Course Maintenance, and clearly articulate why you want to be considered for this position at this stage of your career and why John’s Island Club and the Vero Beach area will be beneficial to you, your family, your career, and the Club if selected.
You must apply for this role as soon as possible. Candidate selections will occur in early August with first Interviews expected in August and second interviews a short time later. The new candidate should assume his/her role in late September 2021.
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