Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, IL seeks Superintendent

  • 28 Aug 2018 12:09 PM
    Message # 6642577
    Tyler Eastham (Administrator)


    Exmoor Country Club is seeking a Grounds and Greens Superintendent (Superintendent) with an understanding of exceptional playing conditions, strong agronomic skills and a high golf IQ. He/she will be an outgoing leader, mentor, and hands-on team player.

    Click here to view a brief video about this opportunity.


    • Exmoor Country Club presents golfers with a classic golf experience, one that exemplifies the Golden Age of golf course architecture designed by Donald Ross in 1915. Exmoor is located on the crest of a 12,000-year-old glacial ridge, a geological feature that inspired Donald Ross to direct the course of play in varying directions: uphill, downhill and across the planed areas of the Club’s 140 acres. The layout features designs indicative of the great courses of Scotland: imaginative grass-faced bunkers, challenging green complexes, and 18 holes shaped in harmony with the land.

    Ross crafted a course that requires golfers to gauge the ideal playing angles off the tee and to assess the risk-or-reward of each stroke. Players learn quickly to be alert to the changing winds off Lake Michigan, one mile to the east, which may shift directions, two or three times during a round. Golfers of all skill levels feel comfortable, yet tested, with six tee options, playing from 5,400 yards to 7,149 yards in length.   

    In 2003, Golf course architect Ron Prichard completed a comprehensive course restoration, and recently regrassed the greens with Pure Distinction bent grass, redefined green pads, and added new grass approaches to all greens.  

    Those who play the Exmoor course today will experience what golf enthusiasts 100 years ago called “an atmosphere” of Old-World style, of visually interesting holes, a mix of short par fours and uphill ones that seem like par fives, of lakes and long grasses, of holes that require creative shotmaking, and a course routing with a natural flow over both wooded and open terrain. For more than a century, members and guests at Exmoor have enjoyed a comprehensible test of golf — one that pits the player, a club and a ball against the gravity, the land and the wind. 

    With his original layout so evident today — and with so many identifiable features attributed to him — the Exmoor course continues in its second century, as an authentic Donald Ross masterpiece.

    Exmoor Country Club successfully hosted the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, one of the Seniors’ Majors, in July of this year. The Championship was a great success and brought a renewed focus of the golf world to this great golf course and Club. In the end, Vijay Singh, winner of The Masters and two PGA Championships defeated Jeff Maggert in a playoff to secure the victory at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.


    To provide the finest golf, sporting, and social experiences for our Member families and their guests.

    • ·        A welcoming atmosphere of fellowship, inclusiveness, & civility
    • ·        Respect for the Club, our Members, the staff, & the Game of Golf
    • ·        Importance of family
    • ·        Importance of our Staff & their families
    • ·        Preserve the spirit of Exmoor as originally stated by Percy B. Eckhart
    • ·        Stewardship of our Heritage


    • ·        Annual Rounds: 17,000
    • ·        50% Caddies, 35% Carts, 10% Walking, & 5% Push Carts
    • ·        Acreage:  160
    • ·        Grounds Budget: $1.39M
    • ·        Capital Budget average $200-250K
    • ·        Irrigation System: Toro triple row installed in 2003, Lynx upgrade in 2018
    • ·        Water Source:  deep well 1250’, 500 GPM, drilled in 2003
    • ·        Greens Committee:  Chairman term- 3 years, 7-10 Committee Members, 4 – 6 meetings per year
    • ·        Green Speed Expectations:  10.5’ – 12’, May 15th through October 15th
    • ·        Greens- 17 pushup and 1 USGA, all seeded with Pure Distinction during the green renovation in the Fall of 2014
    • ·        Practice Facilities:  3-hole Short Game Practice facility and blue grass practice range
    • ·        Fairways and tees- bentgrass
    • ·        First Tee:  weekdays 7:30 AM & weekends 7 AM & 7:30 AM

    EXMOOR COUNTRY CLUB WEBSITE: www.exmoorcountryclub.org


    The Superintendent at Exmoor Country Club reports directly to the General Manager and works closely with Greens Committee, its Chairman and the Board of Governors. The Superintendent will lead and manage his/her department to ensure exceptional golfing conditions on a daily basis. The Superintendent is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Exmoor Country Club golf course and grounds.

    In addition, the Superintendent will provide innovative and relevant leadership and perpetuate and foster an educational culture of developing and producing future turf professionals. The Superintendent must have a natural style of “sincere engagement” with members and staff along with a love of the game of golf and a relentless attention to detail. He/she is expected to be a visible presence among the Club’s team and Members.


    ·        2- Assistant Superintendents

    ·        Mechanic

    ·        Foreman

    ·        Grounds Staff



    • ·        Provide consistent firm and fast greens throughout the golf season
    • ·        Evaluate greens growing environments (shade, air movement, drainage)
    • ·        Continue to control Poa annua in the greens, fairways and tees
    • ·        Provide firm, fast & green fairway conditions
    • ·        Evaluate irrigation system and programming (irrigation audit)
    • ·        Oversee all Club grounds landscaping
    • ·        Develop a plan for tree maintenance and management
    • ·        Stay current with new technologies and peer groups


    • ·        Be visible and available to membership at the appropriate times
    • ·        Strong, natural, tactful, fact-based communication skills deployed on a regular basis
    • ·        Utilize written communications and social media to provide current information about golf course conditions and projects


    • ·        A confident, organized leader, not only amongst his direct reports but at the Executive Staff and Committee level
    • ·        Provide the golf course maintenance team with educational opportunities, coaching and mentoring
    • ·        Recruit future golf course maintenance professionals and develop a turf student intern program


    • ·        Create an open dialog and build excellent relationships with the Club’s GM, Golf Professional and other members of the Club’s Executive Staff team
    • ·        Be an active participant in the Club’s Executive Management Team Meetings


    The ideal candidate will either be a successful Golf Course Superintendent at a club known for exceptional playability or be viewed as an up and coming “superstar” with a minimum of 5 years of experience.

    • A history of providing exceptional golfing conditions
    • Visible & available to Members & Staff
    • ·        High Golf IQ & lover of the game
    • ·        Possess a strong understanding of local, similar, or more challenging climates
    • ·        Track record of maintaining & improving course conditions
    • ·        Detail focused
    • ·        Experience providing consistent fast green speeds (10.5’ – 12’) while maintaining healthy turf
    • ·        Advanced knowledge of agronomy and turf-grass management best practices
    • ·        Excellent irrigation management skills, both irrigation philosophy and maintenance of the system
    • ·        Strong understanding of soil science
    • ·       Experienced maintaining native/fescue roughs
    • ·       Experience managing trees for both tree health and shade mitigation
    • ·        Manage golf course maintenance equipment upkeep, repair and replacement
    • ·        Team player
    • ·        Humble & flexible personality type
    • ·        Self-starter
    • Frank & honest communicator with strong communication skills both verbal & written
    • ·        Proactive communicator
    • ·        Possess natural member engagement skills
    • ·        Team builder with strong leadership experience
    • ·        Compassionate, motivational leader
    • ·        An empathetic leader with excellent listening skills
    • ·        Effective supervisory skills
    • ·        Proven time management & planning skills
    • Demonstrated skills in finance
    • ·        Strong budgeting skills
    • ·        Experience coordinating operations with other department heads
    • ·        Proven record of a consistent focus on personal & professional development
    • ·        Track record of progressive career growth and successful experience
    • ·        Continual education is essential
    • ·        Respect & understating of tradition & heritage
    • ·        A “student” of classic golf course architecture is a bonus
    • ·        Spanish language skills, a benefit but not required


    • ·        A degree in turf management or related field of study is required.
    • ·        GCSAA Certification and Pesticide Certification is preferred. 


    Compensation is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The club offers an excellent performance bonus and benefit package, along with the typical GCSAA benefits.


    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. 

    IMPORTANT:  Save your resume and letter in the following manner:

    “Last Name, First Name Resume” &

    “Last Name, First Name Cover Letter”

    (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.

    For directions on how to upload your resume and cover letter visit this page.  

    Click here to upload your resume and cover letter.

    If you have any questions, please email Nan Fisher: nan@kkandw.com

    Lead Search Executive:

    Armen Suny



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