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Assistant Superintendent

By Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky,

John Ballard, 15503 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, Kentucky, 40245, Telephone: 5022454475

Valhalla Golf Club

Designed by all-time major Champion Jack Nicklaus, Valhalla’s quality is unparalleled in the Bluegrass State.  Ranked No. 1 in Kentucky and among “America’s 100 Greatest Courses” by Golf Digest, Valhalla has hosted three PGA Championships (1996, 2000, 2014); two Senior PGA Championships (2004, 2011); and the 2008 Ryder Cup.  This thrilling, challenging layout is where Tiger Woods held off Bob May in a riveting three-hole PGA Championship playoff and where the United States prevailed in pulsating fashion to reclaim the Ryder Cup. Valhalla will continue with its championship tradition as it will host the 2024 PGA Championship once again. 

The Assistant Superintendent directs and participates in the maintenance of the golf course tees, greens, fairways, bunkers, roughs, water features and cart paths. Responsible for the daily activities of the golf course maintenance staff, including supervision and training of staff to perform all the tasks associated with maintaining the golf course, including but not limited to scheduling and filling in for absent staff.  The Assistant Superintendent reports directly to the Golf Course Superintendent and represents the PGA of America in the utmost professional manner.
Communicate with golf shop as needed to inform personnel on maintenance procedures, (topdressing, cart paths only, etc.).
Participate with applications of fertilizer and pesticides on the course.
Assist in daily setup of equipment prior to arrival of team members. 
Check course team members for proper cleaning of equipment in the morning/afternoon.
Make sure all assigned equipment is returned to the proper location.
Daily scheduling, training, follow up of staff to accomplish duties as laid out by the Lead Assistant Superintendent or Golf Course Superintendent. 
Tour the course daily with attention to greens, tees, fairways and rough conditions as a minimum.  Note all areas where issues are seen and plan for the next day events.
Involved with moisture management on the golf course utilizing soil probes, TDR’s etc. for excess or dryness.  Root depth and soil conditions should be noted and used to develop water practices. 
Work with the Equipment Manager on equipment use and requirements.  
Assure that all equipment is properly set up and operating as needed in the field.
Discuss daily schedules, programs and concerns with the Lead Assistant Superintendent with attention to efficient management and quality control in mind.
Assure that all issues and concerns are brought to the Golf Course Superintendent and Lead Assistant as quickly as possible in order to lessen potential negative impact.
Training of staff along including staff safety.
Ongoing management staff meeting to discuss current and future issues.
Weekly labor meetings to discuss past week and following week issues, successes and programs.
Monthly safety meetings.
Assure that environmental, compliance and maintenance facility are monitored and maintained.
Maintain pesticide license and continual education in the field of concern.

Educational Requirements

One year certificate from a college or technical school; or three to six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience to include a working knowledge of the maintenance of golf course tees, fairways and greens; seeding and maintenance practices for golf course turf; planting, cultivating, pruning, and caring for plants, shrubs and trees; characteristics and proper use of various fertilizers and soil conditioners; herbicides and pest control methods and materials; drainage control methods; and irrigation systems, including wells, pumps and automatic controls.

Special Requirements

The ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. The ability to write routine reports and correspondence. The ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
The ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. The ability to apply calibration of pesticide and fertilizer.
The ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out simple one- or two-step instructions. The ability to deal with standardized situations with only occasional or no variables.
Valid driver’s license
Kentucky pesticide applicator license 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


Job Benefits

  • Uniforms
  • Meals
  • Golf Privlages
  • Company 401k and Pension Plan
  • Health, Vision and Dental options
  • Networking opportunities
  • Local and National Association Memberships

Date Job is Available



Job Application Instructions

Please email resume and cover letter to jballard@pgahq.com

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