Sawgrass Country Club is looking for a Director of Agronomy (DOA) that is successfully managing warm season grasses at the highest level. The DOA will be a strong, energetic, collaborative, communicative, detail-oriented team leader with a passion for the game of golf and the demonstrated ability to provide exceptional golfing conditions.
Located on the ocean in Ponte Vedra Beach, Sawgrass Country Club is known for being a close-knit community, filled with generations of members from all over the country, seeking a private place to enjoy life's simple moments. Our Club is active throughout the year offering activities for the young and young at heart.
Sawgrass Country Club is located in beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, within a gated residential community. While protected from overdevelopment and congestion, the Club is just 20 minutes easy drive to downtown Jacksonville, a few more minutes to Jacksonville International Airport, and an equally short run south to St. Augustine.
Our members include a stimulating mix of current as well as retired high-level corporate executives, military and government officials, consultants, educators, and entrepreneurs. Yet the social climate is relaxed and low-key, with 20% of our members under the age of 55. Overall, there's a delightful and refreshing absence of posturing and, as you gain new friends, you may only learn of their notable accomplishments from others. In recent years, Ponte Vedra Beach area has experienced a surge in families relocating to the area to take advantage of the excellent school systems in St. Johns County, which has been rated the #1 school district in the state of Florida for over 10 years consecutively. In response, the Club has created an exciting array of family-friendly offerings including family-friendly dining options at the Beach Club, and childcare while using the facilities.
Provide an exceptional Sawgrass Experience by combining our oceanfront location with excellent facilities, programs, and services for the enjoyment of our members.
Securely establish Sawgrass Country Club as the first choice for those seeking the best private club experience in our area through a commitment to enduring excellence.
SAWGRASS COUNTRY CLUB BY THE NUMBERS
52,000 rounds, split relatively evenly between the East, West, and South courses, 39,000 cart rounds
At the Sawgrass Country Club, the Director of Agronomy (DOA) reports directly to the General Manager/COO. The DOA will lead and manage his/her department to ensure superb golfing conditions throughout the golfing season. He/She is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Club’s golf course and Club grounds.
Frequent, open, and transparent communication with the General Manager/COO, Director of Golf, and Green Committee Chair is required. The DOA is expected to lead the golf course maintenance team as well as provide information, recommendations, and leadership to the GM/COO and Green Committee to provide superior golfing conditions.
The DOA is expected to ensure that the golf course is consistently in excellent condition and has a high level of detailing. Continuing education and staying at the forefront of research and technology are necessary for success. In addition, the DOA will provide creative leadership and foster a culture of continuing education and development of future turf professionals. The DOA must have a natural style of “sincere engagement” with members and staff along with a love of the game of golf and a passion for surpassing membership course conditioning expectations.
The Club is currently working on a 10-year Capital Improvement plan to include a full renovation of all 27 holes expected to occur in the very near future.
INITIAL AREAS OF FOCUS
Assume lead role on Ad-Hoc Golf Course Restoration Committee with Love Golf Design
Evaluate the course conditions and develop an action plan for the summer maintenance program
Improve the bunker maintenance program
Address maintenance concerns of the practice facilities
Consistent monitoring of irrigation water conditions
Provide consistent green speeds
Understanding the Club culture
Establish rapport with the long-tenured maintenance team
Review Standard Operating Procedures
Review soil and water tests and necessary nutritional inputs to all areas
Raise the level of detailing on the course
The ideal candidate will be a Superintendent with a minimum of five years’ experience at a golf course known for providing exceptional golf course conditioning.
Experience providing smooth, fast greens on a daily basis
Proactive, high-energy leader, a team builder, a mentor
Highly visible and accessible to both club and team members
Strong communication skills
Strong observational skills and detail-oriented
Strong relationship builder with a history of excellent relations with their GM, Golf Professional, and Committee Chair
Confident, take-charge leader, both with team and committee
Strong budget management and forecasting (zero-based) skills
Experience with masterplans and renovations
A creative turf manager with strong agronomic skills-stays current with advances in turf technology, irrigation management, and equipment
Experienced managing turf and traffic conditions in the winter
A leader and mentor for team members, strong recruiting skills
High golf IQ
EDUCATIONAL AND CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATIONS
A degree in turf management or related field of study is required. Certification is preferred.
EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The club, along with the typical (DOA) benefits, offers an excellent bonus and benefits package.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY
Please upload your resume and cover letter, in that order, using the link below. You should have your documents fully prepared to be attached when prompted for them during the online application process. Please be sure your image is not present on your resume or cover letter; that should be used on your LinkedIn Profile.
Prepare a thoughtful cover letter addressed to Mr. C.W. Cook MCM, CCE, General Manager/COO and clearly articulate why you want to be considered for this position at this stage of your career and why Sawgrass Country Club and the Ponte Vedra Beach/Jacksonville area will be beneficial to you, your family, your career, and the Club if selected.
You must apply for this role as soon as possible but no later than Monday, July 3, 2023. Interviews will occur in late July with the new Director of Agronomy starting in September/October.
IMPORTANT: Save your resume and letter in the following manner:
“Last Name, First Name Resume”
“Last Name, First Name Cover Letter Sawgrass Country Club”
(These documents should be in Word or PDF format)
Note: Once you complete the application process for this search, you are not able to go back in and add additional documents.