GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT – WINDSOR CLUB

Windsor Club located in the highly desirable Vero Beach, Florida is seeking a passionate and enthusiastic Golf Course Superintendent. The selected individual will have full authority to lead all golf course maintenance operations, including open spaces, and club grounds.

He/she will oversee all daily agronomic inputs and programming ensuring a first class, premier golf experience for members and guests by delivering exceptional service in collaboration with the other members of the club staff including COO/General Manager, Director of Golf and Golf Committee.

To be successful, the Golf Course Superintendent must have outstanding agronomy, leadership, communication, business acumen, golf course maintenance aptitude, and experience. Most importantly, the drive, creativity, and commitment to continue elevating the experience and reputation as a premier facility in the Southeast.

ABOUT THE CLUB:

Windsor is an exclusive, architecturally distinctive private community. It features a diverse array of custom oceanfront, fairway-front, and village homes. Additionally, it boasts a links-style 18-hole golf course by Robert Trent Jones Jr., an Equestrian Centre with a polo field, a Tennis Centre by Stan Smith, and world-class dining. Members enjoy a unique sense of connection in Windsor’s vibrant Village Centre, bustling with boutique shops, cafes, and community events.

Located in Vero Beach along Florida’s Treasure Coast, Windsor is a private residential community and sporting club unlike any other. Its uniquely enchanting lifestyle came about through the vision of co-founders, W. Galen and Hilary M. Weston of Toronto, Canada. Over the past 30 years, the Westons have been personally involved in every detail of creating their “village by the sea.”

Art and culture are as much a part of the essence of the Windsor lifestyle as premier sporting. Every year, Members are invited to attend a thoughtfully curated and diverse array of events, ranging from fine art exhibitions and performing arts shows to classical and contemporary musical concerts and a speaker series featuring talks by business, literary, and cultural thought leaders. These exclusive events are held in Windsor’s elegant amenity spaces, including the

Town Hall, the Exedra amphitheater, the Clubhouse, and The Gallery at Windsor. Over the decades, the Westons have undertaken improvement and expansion projects to preserve and continually enhance the Windsor community. In 2019, legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the original designer of Windsor’s golf course, returned to lead a thorough refresh of this prized course. Currently, there are three important projects in progress: the North Village expansion of approximately 40 new homesites (the final phase of the development), a comprehensive relocation and design of a new 14,000 square foot Fitness & Wellness Center, and the construction of a new Pickleball complex.

Club highlights:

  • Total members – 350, 295 golf, 55 non-golf
  • Approximately $15M Annual Gross Revenue
  • Approximately $8M Annual Dues Revenue
  • Membership fees – $300,000 initiation and $30,000 annual dues
  • Annual rounds of golf – 14,000
  • The average age of members is 67
  • Annual major golf outings – 15
  • Amenities include: Golf, equestrian, tennis, fitness and wellness, Beach Club, Wine Cellar, Guest Accommodations, Village store
  • Maintenance budget – $2.45M currently with expectations for increase over next few seasons
  • Green types: TifEagle bermudagrass
  • Fairways and tees: Celebration bermudagrass with TifGrand approaches
  • Rough – Celebration
  • Water source – ponds on property – in discussion to build a lake to hold reclaimed water
  • Irrigation system – Rainbird two-wire system
  • Staff – 16 full-time, additionally utilizing contract labor for year round support
  • Equipment – Toro lease program
  • Average green speed expectations – 12’

POSITION REPORTS TO:

The Golf Course Superintendent reports to the Golf Committee and General Manager for budget and strategy (including day-to-day management of the golf course).

INITIAL PRIORITIES OF POSITION:

  • Review foundational agronomic programs including soil testing practices, fertility, pest management, and cultural practices.
  • Develops a 90-day State of the Golf Course report – assess current golf course infrastructure including irrigation system, drainage systems, maintenance facility complex, golf course equipment, and general course conditions to prioritize short-term and long-term improvements.
  • Develops an effective member communication program to keep the membership well-informed in advance of planned maintenance programs and activities.
  • Develop strong relationships with the team, club leadership, and Golf Committee.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in turf management or a related field of study.
  • Minimum of 3 years of Golf Course Superintendent experience and responsibilities required at a well-respected facility known for excellent golf course conditions. 
  • Will consider Golf Course Superintendents reporting to Director of Agronomy.
  • Warm-season experience in similar growing environments.
  • Carries all Florida pesticide and environmental certifications, or transferrable credentials.

SUCCESS TRAITS OF INDIVIDUAL:

  • Passionate professional, who takes ownership of their role as a strategic leader and thought partner.
  • Steward of the golf course, and collaborates with the Golf Committee to develop policies and long-range initiatives to improve overall performance and reputation as a premier golf experience in the southeast.
  • Team builder – leads by example, recruits and develops a high performance team.
  • Establishes trust, accountability, and credibility within the staff to high-performance standards.
  • Demonstrates creativity, flexibility, outside-the-box thinking and assures consistent achievement of goals.
  • Personable, approachable and collaborative – works effectively with various constituents.
  • Proactive, transparent, thoughtful, and confident communicator.
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills
  • Forward communicator – educating and communicating to keep the turf management program in front of the members’ eyes.
  • Strong agronomic skills-stays current with trends in turf technology and equipment.

THE FOLLOWING KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND APTITUDES ARE DESIRABLE:

Agronomics/Daily Golf Course Management:

  • Strong technical and analytical focus to ensure optimal agronomic, water, soil, pest, and environmental management programs on bermudagrass greens.
  • Consistently seeks out modern conditioning methodology including tools and practices.
  • Solid irrigation and drainage practices – promotes firmer daily conditions.
  • Experience dealing with poor water quality.
  • Attentive to results-oriented cultural, fertility, and pesticide programming.
  • Understands regulatory, construction, surface, and stormwater planning.
  • Creates a safe, productive, and enjoyable environment for employees
  • Utilizes sound environmental practices and implements Florida BMP’s

Asset Management

  • Develops realistic maintenance practices and course improvements, and is able to make strategic recommendations to improve the club’s assets, equipment and investments on the golf course.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Records progress with videos, photographs, and communication reports.
  • Takes ownership of short-term and long-range course improvement plans and necessary equipment plans.

Communication

  • Strong follow-up reporting with the Golf Committee and direct reports.
  • Develops a member communication program to keep members updated on the latest happenings of conditions and maintenance practices.
  • Builds team rapport through high standards of team growth, and empowers them to take ownership within the golf course operations.

Business/Financial Management

  • Exemplary administrative, inventory, record-keeping, and accounting practices.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Zero-based budgeting skills.
  • Strong forecasting and project planning expertise.

Golf IQ/Industry Relations

  • High golf IQ – steward of the game, environment, and traditions.
  • Adapts maintenance practices to enhance design features and golfer playability for all levels.
  • Strong agronomic skills-stays current with trends in turf technology and equipment.
  • Plans and executes maintenance practices as much as possible around member and outing play, maximizing efficiency and minimizing disruptions.
  • Respected within the Superintendent community, and brings forth fresh ideas to operations.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

  • Open and commensurate with experience
  • Typical GCSAA benefits will be offered along with Club benefits

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Please send your resume and cover letter to Tyler Bloom, Search Consultant, addressed to the Windsor Club Search Committee by June 7th, 2024 describing your interest in the position, why this is the right next step in your career both personally and professionally.
  • Candidate selections will occur with in person interviews expected to take place by June 21st, 2024.

To learn more, please visit https://www.windsorflorida.com/