Army Navy Country Club, a Platinum Club of America, is seeking a Golf Course Superintendent with exceptionally strong agronomic, communication and leadership skills for their 27-hole Fairfax property. He/she will have a passion for providing exceptional Member golfing conditions and experiences.
Gracing over 500 acres of rolling, wooded, landscape at sites in both Arlington and Fairfax, Virginia, the Army Navy Country Club challenges our Members and guests with 54 championship golf holes, an award-winning racquet facility with 30 tennis courts, and 8 newly constructed pickleball courts, 6 swimming pools, a fitness center, and golf and tennis Pro Shops. The 27-hole Fairfax property sits on 235 acres of the Club’s 500 acres. Fairfax’s original Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed 18-holes opened in 1940.
During his presidency, President William J. Clinton often retreated to the golf courses at Army Navy Country Club to escape the pressures of his office. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was known to refer to a particularly troublesome double dogleg par-5 on the Arlington course as his own private hell. Like those experiences of Presidents past, today’s Members experience the challenge, versatility, and variety of 54 holes of championship golf. The combined 500-plus acres in Arlington and Fairfax have gone through numerous improvement projects, most recently, this year, in a committed effort to keep its course infrastructure optimized for today’s modern golf game. From Arlington’s rugged “Golden Age” appeal to the gentler curves of the “Modern Era” course design at Fairfax, the Club’s courses have something for everyone.
Members have included Major General John A. Lejeune, USMC; Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN; General Omar Bradley, USA; and Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, William J. Clinton and Barak Obama.
"...provide, at moderate expense, recreational facilities at, or near, the National Capital for, and to promote social intercourse among those citizens, military and civilian, who are bound together by the fraternal and patriotic spirit of serving the best interests and efficiency of the National Defense."
ARMY NAVY COUNTRY CLUB OVERVIEW
Rounds of Golf: 35,000 (50% cart rounds)
Greens: 21 USGA, 9 Push-Up
Greens Turf: A1/A4
Tees: Penncross, with 40,000 sq. ft. being converted to Latitude 36
Fairways: 20 acres of 007 bentgrass, 10 acres being converted to 007 presently and 10 acres to be converted from ryegrass to 007 in 2021
Roughs: Tall Fescue/KBG
Bunkers- 18 holes of Better Billy Bunkers with 9 holes postponed this year
Number of Holes: 27
145 acres of maintained turf
Architect- Robert Trent Jones, Sr.; Renovation Business Plan and Golf Course Architect, Richard Mandell
The Golf Course Superintendent (GCS) reports directly to the Club’s Assistant General Manager/Director of Golf along with the General Manager/COO at Army Navy Country Club. The GCS is expected to be a visible presence among team and members with exceptionally strong agronomic, business, and communication skills. He/she is responsible for maintenance, operation, management, preparation, and condition of the golf courses and grounds.
The GCS must be an excellent, transparent communicator with a natural style of “sincere engagement” with both the management team and members. He/she will have an extensive agronomical knowledge and know-how. Continuing education, professional development, strong peer group relations and staying at the forefront of research and technology are necessary for success.
INITIAL AREAS OF FOCUS
Improve overall course playability & health
Fairway renovation of 9 holes- establishment and maturation
Fairway- repair and overseed those that suffered turf loss
Greens- repair those that suffered turf loss
Build communication with Membership
Maintain a visible & approachable presence
The ideal candidate will be a successful, experienced Golf Course Superintendent at a club renowned for providing exceptional golfing conditions.
High energy, focused leader
Present & engaged
Strong observational skills
Transparent communication style
Possess especially strong communication skills both verbal & written
Relationship builder with a history of excellent relations with team
History of excellent relations with their Golf Professional & General Manager
Personable & builds membership rapport easily
Excellent communication skills-listens to and responds to both club members & team members
The ideal candidate will be a courageous, innovative thought partner
Possesses leadership qualities that result in high employee satisfaction-proven staff retention, low turnover
Experience developing standard operating procedures & training programs to onboard new staff
Experience mentoring team members
Proven success in developing superintendents/assistants to promotion
Experience with intern programs
High golf IQ is essential
Golfer/student of the game with a sound understanding of ideal playing conditions
Proven history of providing exceptional golfing conditions
Experience developing capital equipment replacement plans
Spanish language skills are preferred
EDUCATIONAL AND CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATIONS
A degree in turf management or related field of study is required. GCSAA Certification and Pesticide Certification is preferred.
SALARY & BENEFITS
Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Club offers a competitive salary, bonus, and benefits package for a position of this scope and responsibility.
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