Golf Course Superintendent
Salary Range: $70,65 - $94,220
Performs a variety of managerial and supervisory duties related to the planning, organizing, and coordinating the construction, maintenance, and repair of the city golf course, including tees, fairways, rough, greens, and natural environ.
Works under the general guidance and direction of the Leisure Services Director.
Provides general supervision to Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, Irrigation Technician(s) Maintenance Mechanic, and full-time and part-time Mower Operator/Greens Keeper.
Manages the ongoing maintenance programs of the golf course; determines project priorities, allocates departmental resources and monitors project timely completion and quality of end results; assists in the design and development of course additions, including putting greens, driving range, greens, holes, etc.; assures professional turf management for 95 acres of golf course property.
Coordinates recruitment and selection functions for course personnel; instructs and trains course personnel in the efficient and effective operation of course maintenance equipment; evaluates performance; makes decisions related to personnel actions such as hiring, advancement, promotion, suspension, demotion, or dismissal.
Prepares annual budget recommendations related to course construction, maintenance, repair, and personnel needs; presents the budget request to the department director, city manager, or city council; monitors course expenditures to insure conformance to established fiscal program.
Directs and participates in the construction of course greens, tees, and fairways; performs the daily assessment of the condition, health, and playability of the course; supervises the mowing, watering, and maintenance of tees, greens, fairways, and related areas; supervises the planting, fertilizing, and maintenance of turf.
Oversees and manages the operation of course computerized watering system; assures proper operation of computer equipment; updates software as needed; programs software as needed to activate watering schedules as needed to assure quality play of the course.
Operates maintenance equipment to determine condition and performance of the same; schedules and directs repair as needed; examines soil and turf samples and tests; directs the application of fertilizer, lime, insecticide, pesticide, herbicide, and fungicide.
Plans and organizes work programs; utilizes the experience and agronomic practices to improve and maintain turf and playing condition of course; directs workers engaged in cultivation, grading, seeding, and sodding of course areas.
Inspects turf to designate height and frequency of mowing; determines the need for supplemental irrigation to sustain or force growth; tours course to determine work progress and general condition of the golf course and related grounds.
Directs the winter renovation of equipment; monitors the upkeep and maintenance of equipment such as reel mowers and riding mowers; assures timely changes of gears and bearings, precision grinding of reels and knives, motor tune-ups, ball washers service, tee markers, tee signs, benches, etc.
Performs related duties as required.
- Education and Experience:
- Graduation college with a bachelor's degree in plant biology, horticulture, agronomy, chemistry, landscape design, or some other related field provided through in-service, professional workshops, or technical college,
- Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the construction of golf course grounds and maintenance and repair of equipment,
- An equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Considerable knowledge of U.S.G.A. green specifications and standards; golf course turf management; golf course landscape design; agronomic practices, procedures, and methods related to construction and maintenance of course greens and grounds; herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides typical to greens maintenance; hazards- and related safety precautions associated with golf course maintenance and repair. Working knowledge of principles of supervision; budget preparation and fiscal management; interpersonal communication skills and effective public relations; golf rules of play.
Ability to plan, organize, and direct the complex construction and layout of attractive and competitive golf courses and greens; effectively apply chemicals for the abatement and eradication of noxious weeds and insects; evaluate personnel and program performance without partiality; communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing; operate efficiently a variety of golf course maintenance related equipment; develop and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisors, city officials, subordinates, professionals, and the public.
- Special Qualifications:
Must possess a valid Utah State driver's License.
Must be a licensed applicator of pesticides through the State of Utah.
- Work Environment:
Incumbent of the position generally performs in an outdoor setting with daily exposure to changing weather conditions. Tasks require a variety of physical activities, generally involving some muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, limited lifting, etc. Talking, hearing, and seeing are essential to the performance of the job. Common eye, hand, and finger dexterity exist. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, and creative problem-solving.