Assistant superintendent, Director of Agronomy, Golf Course Superintendent
THE DIRECTOR OF AGRONOMY OPPORTUNITY AT CHICKASAW COUNTRY CLUB
Chickasaw Country Club, one of the most progressive and visible clubs in Memphis and the Mid-South, is seeking applicants for Director of Agronomy. The new Director of Agronomy will be an essential member of the senior leadership team and will oversee, manage, and create “best in market” conditions on the Club’s 18 hole newly renovated William Langford-designed golf course.
MISSION STATEMENT Chickasaw Country Club is a private, social, and recreational organization whose purpose is to enrich the lives of our members and their guests by providing them with an oasis within the city, a golf course that is in tournament condition at all times, and other exceptional recreational activities that foster friendship and fellowship in a private member owned setting.
VISION STATEMENT Chickasaw Country Club’s Vision: To be the premier family, golf, tennis, and social club, run by a staff of highly motivated industry leaders, with facilities that exceed members and guests’ expectations.
Chickasaw Country Club History Chickasaw Golf Club was chartered by the State of Tennessee on January 12, 1922. The charter was submitted by John R. Flippin, S.T. Carnes, W.E. McGehee, Bethell Edrington, W.G. Thomas, Jas. L. McRee and Frank Pidgeon. The general purposes which these gentlemen sought to realize through the charter were the establishment and maintenance of a Club for social enjoyment and not for profit and, among other things, the establishment of a Golf and Tennis Club. On April 10, 1922, all the property presently occupied by the Club, then consisting of 107.52 acres, was deeded to the Club by Michael Kallaher and others.
By 1923, the 18-hole course had been completed and Chickasaw's First Invitational Tournament was held over a layout substantially the same as today's Course. Over the years, many improvements have been made to the course. The early work of the Board in making Chickasaw a difficult course is evidenced by the relatively high course records on the par 72 layout. L.P. Jones held the low amateur score of 65 until 1995 when Wesley Hays scored a 63 on 18-holes to break the record. Freddie Haas holds the professional record of 64 for 18 holes. It was at the Memphis Invitational held at Chickasaw in 1945 that Haas defeated professional Byron Nelson, thereby ending Nelson's amazing streak of eleven consecutive tour wins.
In 2017, the membership voted to hire Golf Course Architect Bill Bergin, of Bergin Golf Designs to bring the course back to a modern interpretation of what William Langford had envisioned. The renovation consisted of returning the greens to a modern-day grass (TifEagle), with Latitude 36 surrounds. Bergin removed 165 trees from the course and replaced the bunkers with capillary concrete bases and added forward tees on all eighteen holes, native areas, three new practice areas consisting of a warmup area, a one-hundred-and-twenty-yard short range, and a driving range.
The improvements to the golf course have led to a full membership. The Club is actively retaining Bergin Golf Design for annual consulting and all future projects.
CHICKASAW COUNTRY CLUB BY THE NUMBERS:
Golf Maintenance Annual Operating Budget: $1.5M
Capital Equipment Lease: $1.1MM
Department Staffing: 12 in golf course maintenance FTE; 3 in golf course & Clubhouse landscape FTE, 3 managers.
18 holes of Championship Golf
One maintenance facility
TifEagle greens; Latitude surrounds, Renovations: 2018 Bill Bergin Design
Annual Rounds of Golf 18,000
DIRECTOR OF AGRONOMY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Director of Agronomy (“DA”) reports directly to the General Manager/Chief Operating Officer and has responsibility for all day-to-day operations of the golf course and practice areas. The DA will lead and manage his/her department to ensure superb golfing conditions and exceptional landscaping.
Continuing education and staying at the forefront of research and technology are necessary for success. In addition, the DA will provide innovative and relevant leadership and in perpetuating and fostering an educational culture of developing and producing future turf professionals. The DA must have a natural style of sincere engagement with members and staff with a love of the game of golf along with a relentless attention to detail.
The Club is seeking a proactive, detail oriented, high energy, creative professional who possesses knowledge of, and expertise in, the latest in agronomy practices and technologies.
The ideal candidate will have had a progressive career path as a Golf Course Superintendent with a proven record of providing outstanding service at the highest possible level in a similar quality club environment.
Strong communication skills, verbal and written.
A high “Golf IQ” with an understanding of the relationship between golf course maintenance, the game of golf and the member experience.
The successful candidate will be a leader and a team player, be highly visible and demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills, staff development and retention capabilities, accountability for performance, and departmental leadership.
A history of strong relationships with current General Manager and Director of Golf.
Business and budget management skills and financial acumen are key elements for successfully executing the duties of the position.
Passionate about his/her profession.
Detail oriented, with strong observational skills.
Able to train, retain and mentor staff and to develop an intern program.
Experience with TifEagle and providing superior putting surfaces is required.
An understanding of the global vision of the Club and the golf program, along with the ability to be an engaging and integral member of the senior leadership team.
A professional who enjoys an excellent reputation with his/her current membership and GCSAA peers.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATIONS
Associates Degree (A.A.) or Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Agronomy, Horticulture or a related science plus a minimum of four years of related experience and/or training, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Certification is preferred.
Additional Salary Information: SALARY & BENEFITS
Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Club, in addition to the customary GCSAA benefits, offers an excellent bonus and benefit package.