Sand Valley is a Midwest golf destination set among the prehistoric sand dunes in central Wisconsin. Founded in 2016 by brothers Michael and Chris Keiser, this Dream Golf destination offers three award-winning golf courses, Sand Valley, Mammoth Dunes, and the Sandbox, which were modeled after the heathland golf courses of London and showcase massive, 80-foot exposed sand dunes. Much like other Dream Golf properties, such as Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and Cabot Cape Breton, Sand Valley showcases golf as it was meant to be.
Sand Valley gives guests a flavor of the region through farm-to-table culinary experiences, year-round outdoor adventures, such as fat-tire biking, hiking, and fishing, unrivaled grass court tennis and one of the very best golf experiences in the Midwest. With 12,000 acres of wide-open space across central Wisconsin, Sand Valley helps guests reconnect with the raw beauty and serenity of the outdoors.
In 2021, Michael and Chris Keiser announced the building of The Lido, a private club whose mission is to restore and preserve the great masterpiece of C.B. Macdonald. The Lido Golf Club opened on long island in 1914. Sadly, the course was demolished by the U.S. Navy after they purchased the property for use as a military base during World War II. Ever since it disappeared, the promise of The Lido has intrigued many as one of the great lost wonders of the golf world. We are excited to announce that The Lido will soon be brought back to life on a site near the entrance of Sand Valley with an opening date of 2023.
Due to growth at the resort, construction will begin on another public course in 2022, for what will be the newest edition at Sand Valley. Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf (Pacific Dunes, Tara Iti) has been selected to design the resort’s 4th course, Sedge Valley – a 6,200-yard Par-68 inspired by the likes of Swinley Forest and St. Enodoc overseas.
The Golf Course Superintendent should be a proven leader in the industry. They will be responsible for the following: the planning and implementation of the budget, development, and implementation of agronomic plans, hiring, training, supervision of the maintenance team; all while being constantly focused on providing consistently world-class playing conditions. The selected individual will join our team and play a major role in enhancing our property, its staff, and its excellent reputation. The individual should be positive, self-motivated, hard-working, team-oriented, and possess a keen eye for detail.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Work closely with owners, general manager, directors, architects, and contractors to build and efficiently grow-in Sedge Valley to meet world-class golf expectations
Oversee and direct all operations of the Sedge Valley golf course maintenance department and all members of the turf maintenance team.
Seed, grow-in, and maintain the golf course in proper playing condition according to Company standards.
Supervise course construction, irrigation install, and pond liner installation
Plan and implement staffing schedules to ensure quality standards are achieved with high efficiency.
Develop the annual maintenance budget and operating plan. Implement the plan according to the Company operating policies and procedures to ensure cost containment.
Ensure all appropriate quality and cleanliness standards are being followed including but not limited to, employee hygiene and uniforms, equipment repair area, equipment storage areas, chemical and fertilizer storage areas, receiving areas, washing areas, lunchroom areas, restrooms, etc.
Supervise and perform various maintenance duties as necessary to maintain the golf course in proper playing conditions according to club standards.
Supervise and lead course construction projects
Supervise equipment maintenance and repair operations. Establish and implement a cleaning and preventative maintenance program for appropriate equipment, tools, vehicles etc.
Monitor soil moisture levels and manage or oversee daily irrigation practices and scheduling to ensure optimal levels of soil moisture for playability and turf health.
Perform routine inspection and upkeep of the irrigation system including changes and repairs, as necessary.
Develop and implement programs, including fertility, integrated pest management, and cultural practice programs, among others to maintain turfgrass health and ensure the courses are being presented at the desired level of conditioning.
Perform application equipment calibration along with overseeing or making the fertilizer and pesticide applications as necessary.
Ensure compliance with all applicable state and federal laws, OSHA rules and regulations, all rules and regulations relating to chemical and fertilizer application, storage and disposal, employee safety, public safety, etc.
Management of employment activities for golf course maintenance team members, including but not limited to, personnel recruitment and selection, training, performance evaluations, discipline, and terminations, etc.
Maintain accurate records pertaining to departmental activities including, but not limited to labor schedules, course maintenance programs and activities, construction activities, equipment inventory and repair, safety meetings and activities, fertilizer and chemical applications, and pest control practices.
Submit all required operational, financial, budgetary, and related reports in a timely manner.
Maintain necessary inventories, purchase necessary items through the purchase order system and complete all necessary forms and coding processes.
Maintain knowledge of current and projected industry developments through continuous attention to industry periodicals and participation in relevant trade associations and organizations.
Coordinates winter maintenance activities when necessary, including but not limited to: Irrigation system blowout, snow fencing, snow plowing/blowing/shoveling, winter trail grooming, ice rink maintenance, Zamboni operation.
Please email resume and cover letter to Rob Duhm, Director of Agronomy at email@example.com.
College degree preferred, B.S. or a 2-year degree in a Turfgrass-related field required.
Bentgrass management experience required. Experience with fescue is preferred but not required.
3 to 5 years of applicable functional supervisory and/or management experience in the golf industry is required.
Demonstrated experience and capability in the areas of budget development, financial management, strategic planning, staff management.
Possess a high-level of written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to analyze and solve problems; efficiently handle multiple duties under pressure with minimal supervision; work flexible hours as required including nights/weekends.
Aquatic management experience is preferred but not required.
Maintain a positive attitude, professional manner, and appearance in all situations.
Possess or obtain a Wisconsin Applicator License 3.0 within 120 days of employment.
Work hours may include days and evenings on weekdays and weekends. Subject to inside and outside environmental conditions. May be exposed to inclement weather, potentially dangerous chemicals, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, misdirected golf balls, sharp and rapid equipment movement on a daily basis. Injury or sickness may result if safety policies and practices are not properly followed.
Must have the ability to:
Read and write (English)
Communicate verbally with staff members and/or guests with or without the use of two-way radios.
Give and/or follow verbal and written instructions and supervise subordinates
Visually inspect all work areas, golf course and grounds
See players on the golf course, and to follow the flight of golf balls
Operate vehicles and equipment for several hours at a time
Perform mathematical calculations involving fractions, decimals, and percentages
Retrieve, read and interpret information from technical sources
Stand, sit, walk, push, pull, lift, grasp, bend and kneel for up to 5 hours at a time
Lift up to 100lbs. occasionally, 50lbs. frequently, and 20lbs. constantly
Located in central Wisconsin, in Town of Rome, Sand Valley is situated in the pre-historic lake bottom in the sand barren region of the state. The development currently covers 9,000 acres of previously wooded timber land, which is being resorted to its natural dunes land state. Sand Valley opened its first course and 50 overnight rooms in 2017, followed by the opening of Mammoth Dunes by David Kidd and the Sandbox, a 17-hole short course by Coore & Crenshaw in May of 2018. In addition to three award winning golf courses, the property currently entails: 100 room (keys) 168 beds of overnight accommodations, an intimate housing development, food and beverage outlets, an indoor fitness center, hiking trails, grass tennis courts and other outdoor activities.
Sand Valley is the original course to the property routed on a 320-acre footprint. The course possesses 70 acres of a fine fescue variety for tees and fairways. The greens consist of modern creeping bentgrass varieties while covering 4.5 acres of the course.