PHILADELPHIA CRICKET CLUB – ST. MARTINS GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT

Philadelphia Cricket Club, one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in the country, is seeking a Golf Course Superintendent for its nationally recognized St. Martins course.   

Most recently, the St. Martins Superintendent accepted a premier position in the south Florida market, making him the 13th PCC member of their Turf team to earn Superintendent roles throughout the country. 

The position is designed for either career acceleration towards a Golf Course Superintendent role of their own, or for an individual who values career stability in the Philadelphia region at a nationally recognized facility. 

The Golf Course Superintendent reports directly to the CPO/Director of Grounds, Dan Meersman, and the Grounds Maintenance Manager, Robb Moulds.

WHY THE PHILADELPHIA CRICKET CLUB?

  • St. Martins National Recognition: Currently the #2 ranked golf course by Golfweek’s Top 40 par-3, short and non-traditional courses in the US. Currently, the #1 top ranked racquet experience in the US by Club + Resort Business! PCC hosts the USTA National Men’s Grass Court Championship annually.
  • Accelerated Professional Growth and Development: Chance to learn from experienced professionals, gain new skills, and expand your network within the sports and hospitality industries. PCC boasts a successful track record of producing future Golf Course Superintendents.
  • Industry Leader and National Reputation: PCC is consistently elevating member experiences, programs and amenities, which requires developing and implementing high maintenance standards and best practices to ensure consistent quality across the golf courses.

    Recently, PCC began using 32 Autonomous mowers to provide championship ready conditions. With this move, the Club aims to be a leader in adopting autonomous technologies. To view a recent video, please click here.
  • Diverse Learning Opportunities: Philadelphia Cricket Club provides a range of opportunities for employees to gain a “global perspective” on club management, and to suit different skill sets and interests. Outside of golf, the club amenities include 18 grass tennis courts, 9 har-tru courts, 7 platform tennis courts, 4 pickleball courts, indoor tennis courts, squash courts, swimming pool and 4 newly installed Padel courts.
  • Community and Networking: A multifaceted club with a large membership network of 1,600 members provides a support network unmatched in the Club industry. 

Overview of Philadelphia Cricket Club Golf Course Operations:

  • Staff: In season 70 employees across 3 golf courses. Full-time year round employees are 36 employees.
  • Maintenance budget: $6 million maintenance budget and $1.75 million capital
  • Typical work schedule: April – August are about 60 hours. March, September, October are about 50 hours. November – February are about 42 hours.
  • Equipment: part of a John Deere Lease package.
  • Irrigation system is Rain Bird Cirrus. 2 courses have Rain Bird ICM 700 series heads. 1 course has Toro 800 series heads that run off Rain Bird Satellites.
  • Future projects: Updated parking lots and beautification program specifically at St. Martin’s, New teaching / performance center, new 9-hole par 3 course, and new driving range, putting greens, and chipping greens.
  • PCC will be the host of 2024 USGA Amateur Four-ball Championship.

SUCCESS TRAITS OF INDIVIDUAL:

  • Strong agronomic skills-stays current with trends in turf technology and equipment.
  • Positive attitude and be responsible by nature while exuding a friendly demeanor with a willingness to exceed member expectations.
  • Collaborative team player who can work well alongside a diverse turf team spread across two campuses and 3 golf courses.
  • Confident and proficient managing a diverse workforce, and implementing sound Human Resource procedures and policies.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written.
  • Willing to take on new challenges and open to learning skills that may fall outside the normal turfgrass spectrum.
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced environment, self-motivated, persistent with high attention to detail.
  • Embracing innovative tools and equipment, such as advanced irrigation systems, GPS tracking, and turf management software.
  • Passionate professional, who has developed a progressive agronomic acumen and know-how.
  • Establishes trust, accountability, and credibility within the staff to high standards.
  • Active listener with a history of excellent relations with all constituents.
  • Must be able to work independently and be a self-starting problem solver.

INITIAL PRIORITIES OF POSITION:

  • Learn the culture, operations and daily practices to ensure optimal golf course conditions and member experiences.
  • Assists with various St. Martins campus activities include racquet sports and member event programs. 
  • Participates in St. Martins campus parking lot and beautification project.
  • Develops rapport with the golf course maintenance team, various constituents including golf operations and clubhouse team.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND APTITUDE:

Agronomics/Daily Golf Course Management: 

  • Strong technical and analytical focus to ensure optimal agronomic, water, soil, pest, and environmental management programs.
  • Priority management – understands where/how/why to focus course maintenance practices to provide optimal conditions and member experiences.
  • Consistently seeks out modern conditioning methodology including tools and practices.
  • Experience with “high priority” bunker maintenance.
  • 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 exhibiting good “housekeeping” practices. 
  • Utilizes sound environmental practices and implements Pennsylvania BMP’s.
  • Solid irrigation and drainage practices – promotes firmer daily conditions.

Team Leadership & Development

  • Train, motivate and supervise the work of the employees in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Maintain a sound Human Resource and Safety Program.
  • Supervise the staff conducting servicing and repair of turfgrass maintenance and construction equipment.

Communication 

  • Strong follow-up reporting with the CPO/Director of Grounds, St. Martins General Manager, and direct reports.
  • Works in collaboration with PCC employees to ensure optimal member experiences.
  • Builds team rapport through high standards of team growth, and empowers them to take ownership within the golf course operations.

Business/Financial Management 

  • Collaborate with the leadership team on the preparation of an annual Golf Course Management Budget pertaining to course management, financial control and Capital Expenditures.
  • Experience executing standard operating procedures and training programs to onboard new staff.
  • Exemplary administrative, inventory, record-keeping, and accounting practices.
  • Comfortable utilizing Microsoft Office or similar software.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, federal, and state regulations.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Experience developing capital equipment replacement plans
  • Zero-based budgeting skills.
  • Maintain an Inventory Control System and provide monthly end reports to the CFO.
  • Ensure that all chemical and fertilizer application records are accurate and up to date in accordance with State law.

Golf IQ/Industry Relations 

  • High golf IQ – steward of the game, environment, and traditions.
  • Developing and implementing comprehensive maintenance standards and best practices ensure consistent quality across the golf course for ultimate golfer experience. 
  • Golfer/student of the game with a sound understanding of ideal playing conditions.
  • Contributes to PCC’s overall environmental and community stewardship programs including First Green programs.
  • Understand golf rules and regulations and playing conditions.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • $75,000-$85,000 depending on experience
  • Health insurance including medical, dental, and vision
  • Life insurance
  • 401K
  • Temporary Housing
  • Short-and-long term disability
  • Uniforms, Golfing Privileges
  • Continued education and association dues
  • 2 weeks PTO
  • Tournament Volunteer 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 5-years of post-graduate experience including managerial experience at a facility known for great golfing conditions and member services. 
  • Looking for a hard working individual who can thrive in a team environment with freedom, mobility, and opportunities for change and quick growth.
  • Certificate, 2-year or 4-year degree required

ABOUT US:

The Philadelphia Cricket Club is one of the finest private family-oriented full-service country clubs in America. As the nation’s oldest country club, the Club has a rich sporting heritage of which we are proud and which we strive to preserve and enrich. The Cricket Club provides preeminent recreational and social experiences for its members, their families and friends by maintaining exceptional standards in its facilities, programs, services and professional staff.

The original St Martins 9-hole course which hosted the 1907 and 1910 U.S. Open Golf Championship; The Wissahickon Course, designed by PCC member A.W. Tillinghast built in 1922 and currently ranked the 38th best classic golf course in the U.S.; and The Militia Hill Course designed by Hurdzan and Fry that opened in 2002.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume addressed to Mr. Dan Meersman, CPO/Director of Grounds. Save your information as one PDF File as (Last name, First name, PCC). 

Example: (Bloom, Tyler, PCC)

Deadline to Apply is October 29th, 2023.

Please address resume and cover letter to Mr. Dan Meersman, CPO/Director of Grounds