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Golf Course Superintendent


Job Title:                     Course Superintendent

Department:                Golf Course Maintenance

Reports to:                  Director of Agronomy

FLSA Category:         Exempt

Compensation:            Salary plus Annual Incentive and Relocation Assistance

Location:                     Escondido Golf & Country Club

                                    9090 FM 2147

                                    Horseshoe Bay, Texas 78657


About The Club:

Founded in 2006, Escondido is a timeless little hamlet of Mediterranean-style charm in the heart of Texas Hill Country. As one of the few luxury waterfront retreats in Texas, our residents enjoy the best of Fazio golf and the beautiful, constant-level Lake LBJ. Beyond the best-in-class amenities and services that our quintessential private golf course and lake club provides, we aspire to be your home for all seasons and your future generations. For more information on the Club, please visit their website https://www.escondidotexas.com.

Position Summary:  

The Course Superintendent will be responsible for the Club’s 18-hole golf course. The responsibilities of the Course Superintendent include the maintenance, operation, management, preparation, improvements, and conditions of the golf course and club grounds. The Course Superintendent will fulfill these responsibilities as a hands-on leader through positive and effective leadership by leading, developing, training, managing, overseeing, coaching, and motivating the golf course team.

Career Trajectory:

The Course Superintendent for Escondido Golf & Country Club is intended to be the successor to the Club’s current Director of Agronomy. Under the mentorship of the Director of Agronomy, the Course Superintendent would learn about the Club, its cultural practices, the maintenance team, membership, and overall operations and be ready to lead the department when the Director of Agronomy retires.  

Essential Job Functions:

·      Effectively lead, develop, train, oversee, manage, coach, motivate and assist the golf course team.

·      Maintain the 18-hole golf course to ensure exemplary playing conditions by consistently inspecting what is expected. 

·      Care and condition, of course, including turf management, irrigation, fertilization, and pesticide applications.

·      Inspect course regularly to evaluate, recommend, and direct routine and large-scale improvements.

·      Work with the Director of Agronomy to plan maintenance, improvements, and renovation projects for the golf course. Attend Green and Golf Committee meetings when requested, present information, and explain complex ideas and concepts clearly and comprehensively. 

·      Assist in preparing the annual budget for the maintenance and capital improvements of the golf course following established maintenance standards and long-range plans.

·      Manage and oversee all golf course expenditures and exercise cost control measures, report any discrepancies, implement corrective action, and maintain operating and capital expenses in line with the approved budgets as nearly as possible.

·      Plan and direct all maintenance and project work, applying agronomic, business, and administrative expertise to achieve outstanding course maintenance standards and long-range goals.

·      Manage any course construction projects and renovations, report variances, and implement corrective action. 

·      Assist in interviewing and selecting the course team and direct, manage, oversee, develop, train, and coach the team, including assistants, spray technicians, and other staff responsible for maintaining the course.

·      Work effectively and collaboratively with the other team members, offering assistance and knowledge to improve the Club’s golf course and team.

·      Research, source, recommend, and utilize equipment and supplies to maintain the course while maximizing course conditions and enhancing staff productivity. Oversee associated equipment maintenance programs and inventory control. Maintain accountability for the cost, utilization, and performance of course equipment.

·      Develop, recommend, implement, maintain, and oversee the course drainage, irrigation, and watering systems.

·      Identify preventative measures and assess turf damage and recommend, implement, and oversee application and treatment of proper pesticides, fertilizers, and nutrients to improve the course. 

·      Ensure chemicals, petroleum and other controlled products are used, stored, and disposed of in accordance with local, state and federal regulations; maintains required records and strive to minimize the use of chemicals and petroleum products.

·      Oversee accurate and complete record keeping for course maintenance procedures, pesticide applications, inventory, weather and timekeeping and payroll for the team.

·      Implement and ensure the course team understands and exercises safe work practices.  

·      Work closely with Golf Operations team to prepare for daily play, tournaments, and events.

Expected Experience, Skills, Abilities, Knowledge, and Education:

·      Must be coachable and willing to learn the current operational, agronomic, and personnel systems at the Club while providing input from past experiences to improve the Club and course.

·      Have a BS or Associates Degree in turf grass management or related certificate and experience.

·      Leadership experience as a superintendent or assistant superintendent at a golf course with a proven record of having exceptional course conditions.

·      Experience leading, developing, training, overseeing, managing, coaching, motivating, and assisting the golf course team.

·      Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

·    Experience in preparing and managing golf course budgets, including time and motion analysis, Labor Budgets and Operational Budgets

·      Understanding of pest control products and their applications.

·      Expert irrigation utilization, drainage installation, repair, and maintenance.

·      Experience with course renovations and major project oversight.

·      Strong listening skills and open to new perspectives and ideas.

·      Understanding of the game of golf and what is expected from the players concerning course conditions, an understanding of the impact agronomic decisions have on the playability of the course

·      Have a valid driver’s license.

·      Have a current state certification or licensing as a pesticide applicator or the ability to acquire a license.

·      Understanding of turf chemical and fertilizer products and their applications.

·      Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English and effectively communicate and direct individuals with limited or no English. 

Club Benefits:

·      Health, Dental and Vision insurance 

·      401k retirement plan

·      Reasonable expenses paid for professional association dues to GCSAA and state/local chapter and regional and national educational/seminars, including travel expenses.

·      Cell Phone Allowance.

·      Club provided meals or allowance.

·      Continuing Education - Scholarship

·      Golfing privileges

·      Uniforms 

·      Personal Time Off

·      Temporary Housing and Relocation Assistance

Date Job is Available


$90,000 to $125,000 per year

Overtime: No

Job Application Instructions

If interested, please apply here.


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