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 1993 the club was purchased by Tom Cousins and a redesign was commissioned with Rees Jones Design. Today, the club is currently in the final stages of the architect selection process for a complete redesign and rebuild of the golf course to take place starting in 2023.
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, 21 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 PGA TOUR’s TOUR Championship held each year in August.
Today, the Club’s membership consists of residential, corporate, and ambassador members 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.
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.
The Second Assistant Golf Course Superintendent (Second Asst.) reports directly to the Lead Assistant Golf Course Superintendents and liaises with Golf Shop Staff. The primary responsibility of the Second Asst. is to provide support in leading, managing, developing and participating in the day-to-day operation of the Agronomy department (including the horticulture sector) to ensure consistent, superb golf conditions with a high attention to detail. The Second Asst. will perform a multitude of tasks within the department in accordance with daily production standards. The Second Asst. is expected to assist in leading the Agronomy Team and fostering a culture of teamwork while working to create excellence in course and property conditioning. The Second Asst. is expected to work closely with the Lead Assistants and Golf Course Superintendent to continuously improve the infrastructure and conditioning of the course to represent the membership’s vision for the club. The Second Asst. will assist with the management of all annual maintenance, installations, removals, and other projects associated with all trees, ornamentals, and annual plants on property. A well-articulated and candid discourse is expected and required when working with all other managers within the club. The Second Asst. is expected to perform and uphold the highest levels of fiscal responsibility to serve the club’s best interest as deemed appropriate by the Golf Course Superintendent and Director of Agronomy. The Second Asst. is expected to participate in the game of golf and to play the course regularly to ensure conditions meet membership expectations. Continuing education and staying at the forefront of the industry is necessary for success and expected. The Second Asst. will be responsible for achieving annual goals to continuously grow professionally and improve the Agronomy operation while enhancing ELGC. The Second Asst. will provide leadership and support a culture of continuing education that develops future turf professionals. The Second Asst. will be responsible for continuous improvements to the member experience, balancing risk vs. reward ideology, timely and logical decisions, and maintaining the utmost confidentiality of club business.
Assists in managing daily production standards at all times
Trains and develops the performance of A.I.T.’s, Interns, Level 1 through Level 3 Agronomists, and horticulture employees within the Agronomy department to include disciplinary action procedures
Serves as the primary trainer for all newly hired Level 1 through Level 3 Agronomists
Assists in the implementation of yearly agronomic programs to ensure the health and quality of all playing surfaces
Manages golf course and horticulture operations within the department producing daily schedules for staff’s responsibilities in a timely, efficient manner
Responsible for scheduling and managing the golf course staff during the month of October in preparation for the East Lake Cup.
Assigns and employs horticultural and arborist practices which promote healthy, proper growth of all landscape, ornamental, and annual plants throughout the entirety of the East Lake Golf Club Grounds and other properties associated with the club.
Participates in the design, development, and continued improvement of Landscape beds throughout the golf course as required, including annual change outs
Implements standard operating procedures and participates in safety/education programs
Assists in the management and development of the tournament volunteer program
Maintains primary responsibility for accurate fertilizer and chemical inventories
Supervises, implements, and participates in best management practices including integrated pest management and water management program
Maintains and enhances the culture of the department to sustain a highly productive, motivated, and happy staff
Works with, advises, coordinates, and reports to the Lead Assistant Golf Course Superintendents on all phases of maintenance, cost control and personnel.
Makes suggestions to the Director of Agronomy on necessary capital improvements to the golf course
Trains and manages subordinates in proper and safe operation of maintenance and power equipment, including proper cleaning procedures
Manages assigned projects as they occur throughout the golf course
Assists in the administration of all rules, regulations, and policies for the Agronomy Department and handles any emergency situations in a professional manner when they occur
Actively participates in the development and advancement of employees that fall under their direct supervision
QUALIFICATIONS (required unless otherwise stated)
Moderate level of managerial knowledge in golf course operations and turf management
Ability to supervise, train, monitor, evaluate and motivate personnel.
Interpersonal skills to resolve conflict and work with supervisors, officials, and employees
Knowledge of safe use, mixing and application of chemicals and commercial products
Ability to calibrate sprayers, spreaders, scientific instruments, computer software, irrigation systems, etc.
Ability to operate basic software including word processor, spreadsheets, e-mail and irrigation control software
Basic understanding of irrigation systems and components related to best practices in consideration of agronomics
Player/Student of the game with a basic understanding of providing consistent tournament playing conditions
Proactive, energetic leader preferably with PGA Tour tournament experience
Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with other employees, supervisors, members, guest, outside contractors and vendors
Ability to work for extended periods of overtime during peak business demands of the club
Positive and strong relationship builder
Solid agronomic skills and knowledge that stays current with industry practices
Ability to gain knowledge quickly (solid comprehension within 1-year) of local plants and trees indigenous to the region through hands on in-field self-education, research, webinars and local seminars
Ability to learn proper care and maintenance for all living plant life located throughout assigned areas within 1-year
Passion for the job
Must have a B.S. degree, Associates degree, or advanced certificate in Turfgrass Management or similar field
1-year experience as a Second Assistant GCS or Assistant-in-Training at a club which is known for consistent, tournament conditioning
Should possess some experience working with ultradwarf bermudagrasses and zoysia grasses
The club will require continuing education in the field of arboriculture & horticulture. A minimum of 2 webinars per year will be required
Possess a valid driver’s license
Must hold a current commercial pesticides license or ability to obtain one in 90 days
Additional Salary Information: Annual performance bonus up to 6%, tournament bonus, medical, dental, and vision Insurance after 30 days of employment (includes Rx plan, life insurance, LT disability, employee assistance program & $1,500.00 HSA contribution), $600.00 annual cell phone allowance, PTO accrual (19 days per year), 401K retirement plan contributions, 3% annual profit-sharing contribution, uniforms, golfing privileges, local & national association dues & continuing education opportunities.