The Golf Course Superintendent (“GCS”) will be an exceptional leader with a talent for developing and sustaining a positive culture of mentorship, collaboration and teamwork striving for success, not only within the department, but the entire club. This individual must be a genuine, authentic, and engaging leader with a keen eye for detail coupled with a true understanding of the agronomic details of what makes a world-class golf course. At least 5 years of golf course management experience to include experience in a prestigious environment is required.
Paako Ridge Golf Club is the top-rated golf course in New Mexico and one of the Top 100 golf courses you can play in the nation. Owned by Alvarez & Marsal, Inc., PRGC is not only one of the top experiences in the Southwest, but with a focus on providing an elite, championship golf experience coupled with superior customer service, it is becoming one of the top facilities in the country. Designed by Ken Dye and originally opening in 2000, PRGC started as an 18-hole routing with Dye later designing and adding an additional nine holes creating the current 27-hole experience. Located in the Sandia Mountains just outside of Albuquerque, N.M., with elevations as high as 7,000 feet, PRGC features expansive views and dramatic shots with every hole. In 2020, the ownership made a significant investment to reimagine the dining facility and created a magnificent venue for our members and guests. www.paakogolf.com
JOB DESCRIPTION AND PRIMARY EXPECTATIONS
Responsible for leading, inspiring, and supervising all Agronomy personnel in accordance with the club’s core values and fostering the belief that the staff is the Club’s greatest asset. Responsible for the health, prosperity and consistency of the golf course conditions and associated landscaping for the golf course and practice facility assets. Plan, coordinate and execute all projects and golf course agronomics that shape and uphold the Club’s standards for excellence. Mentor, develop and lead all Agronomy teammates. Responsible for the maintenance and preservation of golf course maintenance facilities, equipment, record keeping, multi-vendor bidding and safety training for the Agronomy team. Lead and develop a team who cares about consistently providing world-class conditions and performing to the highest of expectations with a keen eye for the small details.
Establish and sustain course standards that include an ability to maintain tees, fairways, greens, bunkers and water delivery systems to the highest standards of golf course playability
Plan and develop budget and operational expenses for Agronomy department
Coordinate and supervise the development of all Agronomy personnel
Engage in active communication with the team to promote high employee morale and project a positive image of our Agronomy team
Desire to engage our Agronomy staff on the courses, participate in their success and ride courses with the Assistant golf course Superintendents, Director of Golf and General Manager to promote the vision of a quality golf experience
Participate in the procurement, hiring, coaching, promoting, and discharging of employees under general guidelines established by Paako Ridge Golf Club
Work closely with the Director of Golf in scheduling course activities including planning of golf events
Communicate with the members and guests to answer questions, concerns, issues, and challenges
Take the lead to coordinate and manage the success of all construction projects and course improvements
Direct the ordering of agronomy supplies and materials within budgetary limitations
Develop record keeping of manual activities including, but not limited to, chemical, pesticide and fertilizer applications
Stay current with industry standards through seminars, conferences, and educational opportunities
Ensure compliance and safeguarding of all chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers and Club assets
Comply with all Federal, State and Local ordinances, regulations and government record keeping
Other duties as assigned by the General Manager
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
5 to 10 years of golf course management experience to include experience at a prestigious private facility or Top 100 club environment.
The successful candidate will possess a wide range of necessary leadership personality traits, knowledge, abilities, work ethic, and skills necessary to effectively fulfil duties and responsibilities.
Must have a thorough knowledge of the following:
Construction and maintenance of golf course tees, greens, and fairways
Seeding and maintenance of types of turf used on golf courses
Planting, cultivating, pruning, and caring for plants, shrubs, and trees
Characteristics and proper use of various fertilizers and soil conditioners
Herbicides and pest control methods and materials
Drainage control methods
Computerized watering and irrigation systems including wells, pumps, and automatic controls
Ability to build strong interpersonal relationships with all PRGC, A&M staff and members of the club.
Primary Performance Metrics not limited to:
Overall club financial performance
Club leadership and ownership satisfaction and feedback.
Employee performance evaluations and satisfaction.
Educational qualifications and other essential credentials
A Bachelor’s Degree in Turfgrass Management is preferred.
Minimum of five (5) years of experience at a prestigious private club or Top 50 resort property.
Experience with golf course construction projects and irrigation systems.
Strong leadership, employee engagement and training skills, and moderate financial acumen required.
Excellent analytical and organization skills.
SALARY AND BENEFITS Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The club also offers an excellent benefit package including professional association dues and continuing education expenses.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY:
Preparing a thoughtful letter of interest and alignment with the above noted expectations and requirements is necessary.
Your letter should be addressed to Mr. Bill Delayo, General Manager, and clearly articulate why you want to be considered for this position.