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Eric Kostak

Golf Course Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent job

By Eric Kostak,

Objective

To obtain a challenging position as a Golf Course Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent and apply my accumulated skills to achieve the best possible playing conditions and enjoyment to golfers.

Education

2002 - 2004 University of Massachusetts Amherst MA

A.S. Agronomy and Turf Science; Plant and Soil Sciences

1998 - 2001 Salve Regina University Newport RI

B.S. Mathematics

A.S. Computational Science

1994 - 1998 Avon Old Farms Prep School Avon CT

Qualifications

Functional summary

Excellent management and communication skills developed through hands-on motivated management style.

Connecticut State Supervisory Pesticide License and Applicators license.

Regularly participate in continuing education classes and seminars.

Experience in all aspects of golf course maintenance, construction, and renovation.

Experience on all levels of golf courses: Public daily fee, Private membership, Top 100 Courses (Pine Valley NJ, Oakmont PA).

Knowledge of Bent grass (G2, A4, L93, etc.) and Poa Annua Greens.

Have experience with all course equipment including large machines (Loaders, backhoes, excavators, etc).

Continually achieve course goals through long range planning.

 

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Prepared for the 2007 U.S. Open as a chosen volunteer at Oakmont.

Prepared for the 2009 U.S. Open as a chosen volunteer at Beth Page.

Numerous CSGA events.

John Deere Green Start Academy.

Toro Irrigation Certifications.

AFFILIATIONS

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)

Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents (CAGCS)

Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association (MGCSA)

 

Other job and project descriptions available upon request.

Work History

Employment

 

1/16 - 1/19 Stonybrook Golf Course Litchfield CT

Public 9 Hole Daily Fee Course

General Manager/Superintendent

Responsible for supervision, motivation, and guidance over staff of 12+.

Contribute in the installation of extensive drainage throughout facility.

Conduct pesticide and fertilizer applications and calibrations.

Kept all records and part purchasing.

Install and maintain Toro irrigation system and pumphouse.

Extensive experience maintaining bent grass/poa greens, rye/bluegrass tees and fairways.

Extensively involved in all course improvement projects including planning and implementation.

Involved in Toro equipment repair and maintenance.

Winter Maintenance including reel sharpening, tear downs, rebuilds, and tree work, plowing.

Managed clubhouse including all employees and scheduling.

Ordering of food and beverage, golf and golfer supplies for proshop and membership.

Kept all records and reported back to offsite owner.

Solely responsible for the scheduling and direction of the day to day operations of the golf course.

Calculated and monitored all payroll expenditures, pesticides purchases and equipment costs.

Communicated and explained cultural programs to the management and membership.

Directed and supervised all course improvements and renovations.

Directed all contractors through scheduling, timing, and performance.

In charge of all purchasing and supplying for maintenance building.

Created new system to monitor fertilization, pesticide usage, and inventory along with updated material safety data sheets.

Set up new organized shop.

 

4/15 - 12/15 Highfield Country Club Middlebury CT

Private 9 Hole Country Club

Superintendent

Hired by Property Management Company

Responsible for supervision, motivation, and guidance over staff of 15+.

Conduct pesticide and fertilizer applications and calibrations.

Kept all records and part purchasing.

Install and maintain Hunter Wireless irrigation system.

Installed new diesel irrigation pump system.

Extensive experience maintaining bent grass/poa greens, rye/bluegrass tees and fairways.

Extensively involved in all course improvement projects including planning and implementation.

Involved in Toro equipment repair and maintenance.

Maintained 3 paddle courts, 4 clay tennis courts, 4 Har Tru courts.

Winter Maintenance including reel sharpening, tear downs, rebuilds, tree work, and plowing.

Took new job, property management company no longer has contract.

 

1/11 - 4/15 Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton CT

Top Public 18 Hole Daily Fee Course

Stoneybrook Golf Course

9 Hole Daily Fee Course

(Both Courses have same owner)

1st Assistant Superintendent

Responsible for supervision, motivation, and guidance over staff of 12+.

Contribute in the installation of extensive drainage throughout facility.

Conduct pesticide and fertilizer applications and calibrations.

Kept all records and part purchasing.

Install and maintain Toro Site Pro irrigation system and pumphouse.

Extensive experience maintaining G2 bent grass greens, rye/bluegrass tees and fairways.

Extensively involved in all course improvement projects including planning and implementation.

Involved in Toro equipment repair and maintenance.

Winter Maintenance including reel sharpening, tear downs, rebuilds, and tree work, plowing.

 

4/06 - 12/10 Country Club of Waterbury Waterbury CT

Top Private 18 Hole Country Club

1st Assistant Superintendent

Same as above plus…

Responsible for supervision, motivation, and guidance over staff of 24+.

Extensive knowledge of bent/poa greens, rye/bluegrass tees, fairways.

Solely responsible for the scheduling and direction of the day to day operations of the golf course.

Calculated and monitored all payroll expenditures, pesticides purchases and equipment costs.

Communicated and explained cultural programs to the management and membership.

Directed and supervised all course improvements and renovations.

Extensive sod work on greens and tees.

Directed all contractors through scheduling, timing, and performance.

In charge of all purchasing and supplying for maintenance building.

Instituted new computer systems and electronic time card systems.

Created new system to monitor fertilization, pesticide usage, and inventory along with updated material safety data sheets.

Implemented a new computerized record data system for short and long term budgeting.

Modernized all sections of maintenance building.

 

5/04 - 4/06 Golf Club of Avon Avon CT

Top Private 27 Hole Country Club

2nd Assistant Superintendent, Irr. Tech, Project Foreman

Responsible for supervision, motivation, and guidance over staff of 28+ in absence of Superintendent.

Contribute in the installation of extensive drainage throughout facility.

Conduct pesticide and fertilizer applications and calibrations.

Assist Superintendent with all record keeping and purchasing.

Install, maintain, and in charge of Rain Bird irrigation system.

Extensive experience maintaining bent/poa grass greens, rye/bluegrass tees and fairways.

Extensively involved in all course improvement projects.

Involved in Toro equipment repair and maintenance.

Winter maintenance including reel sharpening, tear downs, rebuilds, and tree work.

 

4/03 - 9/03 Pine Valley Golf Club Pine Valley NJ

Rated 1 in the Top 100 American Courses

Professional Internship

Led group of 4 interns in daily projects

Applied fertilizer and pesticide to all parts of property including greens, tees, and fairways.

Extensive sod work on greens.

Hand watering of greens and fairways.

Extensive tee renovation.

In charge of my own projects, long term planning, and implementation of these projects on holes #16 and # 17.

Included in supervision of renovation of short course greens.

Course set-up.

 

4/98 - 4/03 Fairview Farm Golf Course Harwinton CT

Top Public 18 Hole Daily Fee Course

Course Construction and Grounds Crew Foreman

Extensively involved with all course construction including but not limited to: irrigation installation, drainage installation, construction of greens, tees, fairways, building construction, cart paths, landscaping, seeding, fertilizing, grow-in, bridges, driving range, sodding, and overall maintenance.

Heavy machinery use including but not limited to loaders, tractors, excavators, and lifts.

After grow-in all duties of the grounds crew.

Led small crews during projects and renovations.

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