Baltusrol Golf Club is seeking an innovative, high energy, team-oriented Director of Grounds & Golf Maintenance with a passion for consistently providing exceptional golfing conditions. The Director will have experience with and an understanding of great clubs and classic golf course architecture, along with strong agronomic, organizational and leadership skills. Baltusrol has a history of long tenured management teams; the Club has had two Directors of Grounds & Golf Maintenance in the last 50 years.
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Baltusrol Golf Club History
Baltusrol Golf Club, synonymous with championship golf, sits on 500 acres, at the base of Baltusrol Mountain in northern New Jersey, only a stone's throw from New York City. With a rich heritage that dates back to 1895, Baltusrol is considered one of the country's premier golf clubs. Its two championship courses, the Lower and Upper, have played distinguished roles on the national stage since their creation by Golden Age architect A.W. Tillinghast in 1922. Together, the courses have hosted 17 major championships, including seven U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships.
Golf has been played over the grounds at Baltusrol for twelve decades, first on a rudimentary nine-hole course, then on the “Old Course” of 1895, and now on the Lower and Upper Courses, designed and built by A.W. Tillinghast between 1918 and 1922.
Baltusrol’s golfing grounds have been an evolving landscape. The courses have advanced to stay current with technological and player skill improvements in the game. The history of golf at Baltusrol is a reflection of the history of golf in America – like the gutty golf ball, hickory shafts and persimmon club heads of yesterday have advanced to today’s multi-piece balls, light weight graphite shafts, and high strength composite metal heads.
The courses which opened in 1922 were the culmination of Tillinghast’s “Dual Courses” project, a bold initiative to build two courses side by side at the same time. Untried prior to Tillinghast’s proposal, the Dual Courses concept was an historic accomplishment in the world of golf course design at the time and made Tillinghast’s career. In fact, his seminal work at Baltusrol was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior's National Park Service. Baltusrol is also listed on the State of New Jersey and Federal Registers of Historic Places.
While Tillinghast’s courses have been lengthened and strengthened for modern tournament play, the architect’s designs remain intact and have been carefully preserved over the years. For the more detailed architectural history of the courses, please refer to the article entitled The Vision for the Dual Courses.
Baltusrol, Today and Tomorrow
Today, the Lower and Upper are both ranked in the Top 100 Courses in America by all three major golf publications, Golf Digest, Golfweek and Golf Magazine.
Hanse Golf Course Design has been retained by the Club as their consulting golf course architect and is in the process of developing the Master Plan for the restoration of the Lower Course and Upper Course. The Master Plan is scheduled to be completed in early 2019. The execution of the restoration has yet to be determined.
Baltusrol’s history of holding Championships will continue when the Lower Course will host the 2023 Women’s PGA Championship and in 2029, The PGA Championship.
BALTUSROL GOLF CLUB’S VISION & MISSION STATEMENT:
Baltusrol Golf Club’s vision is to provide members with one of the finest golf clubs in the world.
The missions supporting this vision include:
OVERVIEW OF BALTUSROL GOLF CLUB GOLF COURSE & GROUNDS OPERATIONS
Director of Golf & Ground Maintenance- Job Description
Reports to: General Manager/Chief Operating Officer
RESULTS STATEMENT: Assure that member expectations are met or exceeded by overseeing and coordinating all operational components of the Grounds and Golf Maintenance departments. Create an atmosphere that encourages open dialogue and strong working relationships with the Club’s management team.
REPORTING POSITIONS: These positions/departments are direct reports:
Upper Course Superintendent
Lower Course Superintendent
Upper Assistant Superintendent
Lower Assistant Superintendent
KEY RELATIONSHIPS: This position will work closely and frequently with the following:
· Assistant General Manager
· Communications Director
· Director of Golf
· Director of Human Resources
· Play Deck Manager
· Director of Security
Safety and Security
Role model, delivering exceptional service to members, guests, and co-workers
Know and embrace the Club’s Vision and Mission Statement
Demonstrate the highest level of professional and personal character and integrity
OUTCOMES NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS:
High level of member satisfaction, few complaints
Budgeted goals that are consistently met
Appropriate levels of staff turnover
High level of employee satisfaction
Positive image of Baltusrol’s Grounds/Golf Maintenance operations among the community and peer groups
SKILLS / ABILITIES:
High degree of maturity, integrity, goal orientation, self-motivation, and personal accountability
High level of political awareness and sophistication
Thorough knowledge of agronomy with a concentration in turfgrass
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree with a focus on turfgrass/agronomy
Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a superintendent
GCSAA Certification is preferred.
Experience at a multi-course facility
Experience at a private club
Golf course project/construction experience would be a benefit
The ideal candidate will be a Golf Course Superintendent at a club renowned for providing exceptional golfing conditions.
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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