ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT – LULING GOLF

A once in a lifetime opportunity exists for an ambitious turf professional to gain valuable experience in the construction, grow-in, and maintenance operations of a world-class private club in Luling, Texas, a suburb equal distance to Austin and San Antonio. 

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to play an integral role in the development of two new golf courses and club culture from the ground up.  

The site is unique with an extensive network of ravines that run throughout the 1,100+ acres, surrounded by a working cattle ranch.  The vision is to create an everyday golf experience reflective of the finest in the United States catering to amateur golf. 

The initial course is designed by Kyle Franz, who is recognized for creating innovative and highly acclaimed golf experiences. The project is deemed to blend design influence from Golden Age architecture with the Texas Hill Country landscape to provide firm, fast and elite conditioning.  

Position reports to the Director of Golf Courses and Grounds, Josh Cooper, Golf Course Superintendent, Francisco, Cardelle, Jr., and Golf Course Superintendent, Colton Janicek. The intention is to hire three assistant positions between now and August 2024. 

Club highlights:

  • New John Deere equipment
  • Rainbird IC Irrigation System
  • Precision Aire Units on all greens
  • Expected less than 10,000 rounds of golf per year with no cart rounds
  • Invitation only membership – local and national
  • State of the art maintenance facilities
  • Greens – Lazer Zoysia
  • Fairways/tees – Stadium Zoysia
  • Primary golf season will be the months of October-April
  • Team – Director

INITIAL PRIORITIES OF THE POSITION:

  • Early 2024 will feature final construction of Kyle Franz and early maintenance as well as construction of a second 18-hole golf course. There will be plenty of opportunities for personal growth to learn many different facets of golf construction and maintenance.
  • Crew management and development as we have a very new team, and the individual will be expected to establish high maintenance standards, accountability and leadership. 
  • Implementation of chemical and fertilizer applications along with other cultural practices to ensure proper grow-in.
  • Water management ranging from hand-watering, programming, service and repair.
  • Quality control of sod installation, irrigation installation, grow-in procedures, and contractors. 

WHO WOULD BE A SUCCESSFUL FIT:

  • Desires to work with and for a highly respectful and dedicated ownership team, who loves golf, and is committed to creating one of the best workplace cultures in America. 
  • Adaptive, flexible individual who understands the demands of a grow-in and new course construction, and at times will require demanding working hours to ensure completion of project work.
  • Sees themself being a part of an innovative and disruptive culture that is far different than your traditional private golf club. 
  • Highly motivated, dependable professional, who thrives in an environment that reflects the highest standards in golf.
  • Appreciates the unique nature of a start-up operation and club and remains open-minded.
  • A service-centered individual, who is willing to get their hands dirty, while also contributing to a fun, hospitable and dynamic team environment. 

KEY SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, APTITUDE AND OTHER TRAITS:

  • A high golf IQ as the course features various teeing options and hole locations.
  • Fundamental golf course maintenance practices ranging from chemical, fertilizer applications, irrigation management, cultural practices to more advanced techniques.
  • Team player, who is unselfish and willing to handle the fine details of the operation as much as big picture projects.
  • Sound organizational and time management skills.
  • Willingness to learn new outside the box methods and the latest technologies in golf course maintenance.
  • Steward and student of the natural features and habitat of the property
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written.
  • Comfortable working in Texas climate throughout the year.
  • Creative individual.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

  • $65,000 – $70,000+, DOE
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401k
  • Continuing education
  • Uniform allowance
  • Golfing privileges 
  • Volunteer, networking and leadership development opportunities

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Certificate, 2-year or 4-year degree preferred.
  • Post-graduate work experience as an AIT/Apprentice/Assistant Superintendent

ABOUT LULING, TEXAS:

Luling was founded in 1874 as a railroad town and became a rowdy center for the cattle drivers on the Chisholm Trail. Contempt of the law by the cowboys helped Luling become known as the “toughest town in Texas”. It is well known for its local BBQ and small-town vibe.  

Individuals considering the opportunity should look at suburbs such as San Marcos, Seguin, and New Braunfels as potential living areas.