Housing provided; one weekend required to work with two following weekends off (some months only 1 out of four required). Health insurance, dental, vision, 401(k), golfing privileges, professional clothing provided, association dues paid to GCSAA and state chapter, regional and national educational/seminar travel expense, cell phone allowance, bonus plan eligible, some green committee meeting attendance, paid volunteering at a national professional golf tournament annually.
Course Operation: Ranked by Golf Digest and Golf Week among the best golf courses in Georgia, The Ford Golf Club is a Pete Dye-designed, 18-hole private club that recently underwent one of the most extensive restoration projects in the country from tee to green. As a result, the golf course employs the latest technologies in golf course maintenance allowing the staff to work on the cutting edge of the everchanging world of agronomy. The team also strives to balance a progressive work schedule that allows for one weekend of work per month.
We offer a superior work experience that embraces a collaborative work-culture that ultimately leads to accelerated professional growth. Over the last several years, course superintendents and assistant superintendents have used The Ford as a stepping stone to their own independent careers. When it comes to your career, we will dedicate time, experience and energy to help you achieve your professional goals. We will teach, coach and mentor you so that you become a marketable future employee for other clubs to consider.
Job advancement in this industry is very competitive and we have a system in place that produces results. As a member of the management staff you will gain experience in personnel management, budgeting, cool and warm season turfgrass management, irrigation programming, labor management software, agronomic planning and the opportunity to host the prestigious Georgia Open biannually.
In addition to on-campus training, the club will provide you the opportunity to volunteer annually at a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour. Finally, our club membership is truly multi-national which has allowed us to create an enormous support network in the industry and the world of golf. As a manager in our program, you will benefit from these friendships and learn to build relationships for your future. The Ford is located 15 minutes from Historic Downtown Savannah and a short drive to Tybee Island.
Duties: We are seeking an individual who is serious about advancing within the industry and eager to gain experience in all facets of golf course maintenance. The preferred candidate will be willing to make a positive impact on the organization and help solve challenging situations. Working with a diverse group of people who are experts in their field, the job responsibilities include the supervision of golf course personnel and daily maintenance of the golf course. The individual will also perform all duties with a focus on exceptional customer service to members and attention to detail.
He/she must be able to obtain a pesticide license within 12 months of employment. The candidate must have the ability to work within a team environment and have a strong vision for pursuing golf course management as a career. Punctuality and dependability is required. The position offers an opportunity to be promoted within the department and club. The position reports to the Director of Golf Course and Grounds and Golf Course Superintendent.
2 - 4 year degree in turfgrass management, agronomy or a related field and a minimum of 1 golf course internship.
A storied sanctuary in Georgia Lowcountry, The Ford Field & River Club has roots that reach back more than a
century to 1917, when American industrialist, Henry Ford, first encountered the land. Overlooking the Ogeechee River and dense with hundred-year-old oak trees and vibrant wildlife, Ford sought out the property—once farmed for rice and cotton—on the recommendation of friend and noted naturalist John Burroughs. The
lush expanse of marshland instantly staked a claim in Ford’s imagination and, more than a decade later, Ford
returned to buy it with his wife Clara, and together they claimed it as their winter retreat.
While building the 6,900-square-foot Main House in 1939—which Clara envisioned as her own Gone with the
Wind-inspired southern estate—Henry Ford invested in the neighboring town of Richmond Hill. He opened a sawmill, hired locals to help convert farm products for use in his automobiles (crafting gear shift knobs from corn cobs and oil from soybeans) and constructed housing, a free medical clinic, schools and vital infrastructure. Though asked to have the town bear his name, Ford declined, approving Richmond Hill instead.
Deeply enamored of their new low...country refuge, Henry and Clara hosted many lavish parties for visiting family, friends and local townspeople at The Main House and Oyster House, both of which remain lively riverside destinations for families of The Ford.
After Henry’s passing in 1947, and Clara’s in 1950, the land was tended to by a few private owners over the next several decades until it was purchased by real estate developer and entrepreneur Ghaith R. Pharaon in 1981. Pharaon had a new vision for the property—to restore the Main House, add new roads, expand the original marina and make way for the most beautiful lowcountry golf course the game has ever seen. This vision laid the foundation for so many who have come to call The Ford home.
Just prior to Pharaon’s arrival, in 1978, The Ford’s Main House was inducted into the National Register of
historic Places and remains a welcoming, much-beloved gathering point for modern-day members of The Ford, who use it for formal and informal cocktail hours, weddings and
Now entirely under the care of the community’s multigenerational membership base, The Ford’s present-day
stewards continue to preserve and honor its rich history while creating extraordinary opportunities for each new generation of families, whose stories will unfold in the years to come.