St. Andrews Country Club is looking for a Director of Golf Course Maintenance that can provide excellent playing conditions year-round and has experience in renovation, construction, and common area maintenance. The Director will be a strong, energetic, highly communicative, detail-oriented team leader with a member-centric focus and the demonstrated ability to provide exceptional golf course conditioning.
St. Andrews Country Club
St. Andrews offers 36 holes of championship golf, including an Arnold Palmer Signature Design and a Tom Fazio II design. Rolling fairways and berms, terraced greens with deep bunkers, and testy water hazards characterize both the Palmer Course and the Fazio II Course. Because of the changing rolls and elevations, the courses require players to execute but also think, meaning that every round offers a new set of challenges. No wonder the legendary PGA pros Phil Mickelson, Ken Duke, John Daly, and Rocco Mediate love to play exhibitions here as did Arnold Palmer. Also, the LPGA’s Morgan Pressel calls St. Andrews her home course. The club is evaluating proposals to renovate the Fazio II Course and the Palmer Course along with the Golf Course maintenance building.
Irrigation: 2003 Rainbird MSC plus satellites, PVC, Pump station and water source shared with Fazio Course
Greens: 2003 TifEagle
Tees, Fairways, Roughs: Sea Isle 1 Paspalum with Bermuda; Tropical Signalgrass in the roughs
Bunkers: G-Angle sand over 37-M, mostly unlined
At St. Andrews, the Director of Golf Course Maintenance (DGCM) reports directly to the COO/General Manager and coordinates with the Green Committee. The DGCM will lead and manage his/her department to ensure superb golfing conditions. He/she is responsible for all of the day-to-day operations of the club’s golf course and grounds. The DGCM will work with the Committees and Board to evaluate plans and be tasked and responsible for projects approved under the Master Plan.
The DGCM is expected to lead the golf course and grounds maintenance teams as well as provide information, recommendations, and leadership to the Palmer Superintendent, Fazio II Superintendent, and Clubhouse Grounds Manager to produce exceptional playing conditions. Well-articulated and candid discourse is expected and required with the COO/General Manager and Director of Golf.
The DGCM is expected to routinely play (or walk) the course to determine the actual playing conditions of the courses and to ensure that they are consistently in top playing condition. Continuing education and staying at the forefront of research and technology are necessary for success. In addition, the DGCM will provide creative leadership and foster a culture of continuing education and development of future turf professionals. The DGCM must demonstrate sincere and engaged visibility with members and staff, along with a love of the game of golf and the relentless pursuit of excellence.
Evaluate turf and soil conditions along with current maintenance practices and develop long-term recommendations to improve the golf experience
Establish rapport and direct lines of communication with the membership
Assess the upcoming golf course renovations and develop a plan to keep the open golf course at optimal playing conditions
Evaluate the seasonal issues with the Fazio course
Find workaround solutions for existing problems
Review plans, budget, and schedule for the upcoming renovations
The ideal candidate will be a Golf Course Superintendent/Director of Golf Course Maintenance with a minimum of five years’ experience at a multi golf course facility known for high-level playability and conditioning.
Additionally, St. Andrew’s next DGCM should be:
A strong, detail-oriented individual with a proven track record of successful strategic planning
A student of the game of golf with the proven ability to produce exceptional playing conditions, especially in the troublesome winter months
Excited about being part of a synergistic leadership team
Passionate about driving value and member satisfaction
Experienced in successfully managing turfgrasses in a south Florida-like climate
Experienced in consistently providing fast, smooth and firm greens
A confident, resourceful, high-energy leader
A strong relationship builder with a history of collaboration with their Green/Grounds Chairman, Golf Professional, and General Manager
An active listener with excellent communication skills
An individual with strong financial acumen, experienced in budget management and forecasting
Experienced in golf course renovations
A well organized, detail-focused observer
A creative turf manager with strong agronomic skills – one who stays current with advances in turf technology, irrigation management, and equipment
Acutely aware of the delicate balance that exists between cultural turf maintenance practices and member expectations on playability
Visible, cordial, and communicative with the membership
Finally, the ideal candidate should be at an appropriate point in his/her professional trajectory – accomplished, yet well-positioned to learn and grow and reach the pinnacle of his/her career while in the club’s employ.
Educational and Certification Requirements
A Degree in turf management or a related field of study is required. Certification with the GCSAA (CGCS) is preferred.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The club, along with the typical GCSAA benefits, offers an excellent bonus and benefit package.
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