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Golf Course Superintendent - The International, Bolton, MA

October 03, 2019 10:04 AM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

Golf Course Superintendent

The International is the only 36-hole golf club and resort located in Bolton, Mass. We provide wide array of employment opportunities for individuals seeking employment in the area of golf operations, golf maintenance, food and beverage, hotel and hospitality, and sales and marketing. 

A Brief History of The International
Long before the two championship courses at The International, there was a “short but tricky” nine-hole club dating back to the turn of the last century.  It was called Runaway Brook Golf Club and existed for more than 50 years.  In 1954, Bert Suprenant purchased Runaway Brook Golf Club, and then hired Geoffrey Cornish, with input from Francis Ouimet and others, to design the regulation course known as “The Pines” that exists today.

ITT purchased the course and Suprenant’s local wire business in 1963.  The course was renamed The International to denote the corporation’s worldwide presence.  In 1967, ITT acquired another 57 acres, which included a seven-hole golf course called “Mountain View”.  Two more holes were added to this adjacent facility and the name was officially changed to Mountain Spring Golf Course.  This public club is known today as “Twin Springs” and a driving range was added in the fall of 2000.

Under ITT’s direction, the course underwent major renovations.  Robert Trent Jones renovated the course in the early 70’s, earning its place in the Guinness book of World Records as the longest golf course in the world at 8,325 yards, with one of the world’s largest single greens (nearly 2/3 an acre).  Cornish and Silva returned to update the design in the late 80’s.  In the early 90’s, The International continued to improve its facility by constructing a world-class 22,000 square foot conference center, an award winning Golf Shop, and a 53-room Guest Lodge.

In 1997, Starwood Hotels and Resorts acquired ITT.  Starwood subsequently sold The International to principal owner Daniel Weadock, Jr. its’ President, and limited partner, Brian Lynch, the club’s former General Manager, in January 1999. 

In 2001, The International underwent another major renovation.  A new 18 hole course known as “The Oaks” course was designed by highly acclaimed designer Tom Fazio and received the 2002 award for “Best New Private Course” by Golf Digest.

The position of Golf Course Superintendent reports to the President of the Club.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the oversight and hands-on management of the golf course and grounds operation for The International.  The Club seeks a strong and personable leader who will develop a sound annual and long-term agronomic plan.  As the department leader, he/she will nurture a talented team, and direct them to execute consistent, first class conditions season-long, while preparing for each and every season in the shoulder months.  We seek a critical thinker for planning, deployment, and management of available resources with a thoughtful vision of operations and conditions.  The golf course superintendent will be responsible for and oversee agronomic conditions in concert with the club’s Golf Course Maintenance Standards.

The Golf Course Superintendent will produce outstanding conditions for daily play and tournaments hosted by the club.  Collaboration with the Director of Golf and golf staff is critical for a coordinated approach to playing conditions and golf course preparation with a conduit to member feedback and expectations.  The Golf Course Superintendent will be visible and accessible to the membership, keeping them informed of golf course conditions and activities.  Communication activities can include but are not limited to, face to face conversation, a department blog and use of Constant Contact email.

Job Responsibilities:
1.    Maintains golf course, grounds, general property and facilities according to the club’s written 2019 Golf Course Maintenance Standards (GCMS) and Integrated Golf Course Management Plan (IGCMP).
2.    Hires, trains, supervises, schedules and evaluates all personnel assigned to department.
3.    Supervises all planting, fertilizing, care and removal of turf, plants, shrubs, trees and other facilities on the golf course.
4.    Supervises the operation of the equipment, equipment repair, and shop facilities.
5.    Maintains records of all maintenance on the golf course including all required annual governmental filings and maintenance of state and local permits.
6.    Prepares annual budget for department; takes corrective action as necessary to help assure that budget goal are met. Makes recommendations for capital improvement purchases.
7.    Selects and prepares proper fertilizers and nutrients for all aspects of the golf course and property.
8.    Maintains and improves drainage, irrigation and control systems.
9.    Maintains course in proper playing condition as defined in the GCMS.
10.    Implements and enforces a comprehensive safety program for employees, members and guests on course in compliance with local, state and federal laws; implements and manages the club’s hazard communication (HAZCOM) program
11.    Maintains accurate work records for all personnel in the department in conjunction with the club administration department.
12.    Communicates daily with the Director of Golf with information on daily conditions of facilities, maintenance plans and coordinated maintenance with scheduled events.
13.    Ensures that chemicals, petroleum, and other controlled products are used, stored and disposed of in accordance with local, state and federal regulations; maintains required records and strives to minimize the use of chemicals and petroleum products.
14.    Attends meetings weekly with department managers, quarterly with the Golf Advisory Group and other meetings as required from time to time.
15.    Attends turf conferences, equipment shows, workshops and other educational programs to maintain current knowledge of technical and turf innovations that could benefit the department’s and club’s operations.
16.    Updates the GCMS from time to time with review by the Golf Advisory Group.
17.    Establishes short- and long-range plans for the golf course with management and the Golf Advisory Group.
18.    Conducts daily facility security checks ensuring accurate inventory of equipment and keys.
19.    Plans professional development and training activities for subordinates, including safety training for equipment use and proper handling of fertilizers, herbicides and all other chemicals used on course; assures that MSDSs are available in a convenient location.
20.    Ensures proper landscaping for property outside of golf course, including the clubhouse and surrounding areas.
21.    Inspects course regularly to evaluate and recommend improvements.
22.    Determines if and when the course should be closed due to weather conditions that may damage the course if play continues in consultation with the Director of Golf and Chief Operating Officer.
23.    Interacts with the Director of Golf and other golf staff to maximize the number of rounds played.
24.    Conducts other appropriate tasks assigned by the management team from time to time.

Educational Requirements
The Ideal Candidate should have a two-year or four-year degree in agronomy or turfgrass science. The candidate should be an active member of the turfgrass community who maintains aggressive continuing education in step with industry trends and best management practices.  A Certified Golf Course Superintendent designation, or working to become certified with GCSAA, is preferred.

Experience Requirements
Candidate should have a minimum of 5 to 10 years of progressively responsible golf course management experience at well-regarded clubs with highly conditioned facilities of comparable size, the scope of services and culture as The International Golf Club.

Application Deadline:             October 15, 2019
Start date :                              January 2020 or sooner

Application for consideration should be made by sending a compelling cover letter and resume via email with the subject line “Golf Course Superintendent” to Kevin Weadock, President at kevin.weadock@theinternational.com.

Job Benefits
Compensation is commensurate with experience and will include shared cost medical and dental insurance, long-term disability, AD&D coverage, term life insurance, a 401K retirement plan, 10 vacation and five sick days, and professional dues with a budget to attend educational conferences and trade shows.

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