Valhalla is seeking a progressive and innovative leader to assist in attracting and leading a motivated grounds staff. This individual should take special pride in delivering exceptional playing conditions for our members and guests by providing extraordinary turf conditions in a very challenging environment. The Lead Assistant Superintendent will direct and participate in the maintenance of the golf course areas, including but not limited to, tees, greens, fairways, roughs, bunkers, aquatics and native areas. This role requires strong leadership skills used to motivate and manage team members in excess of thirty. A keen sense of agronomics in the Transition Zone is required including the ability to support fertility and chemical programming used to maintain turf at a high level. The Lead Assistant Golf Course Superintendent reports directly to the Golf Course Superintendent and will serve in the superintendent's capacity during his absence.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Plan and supervise the maintenance of greens, tees and fairways; schedules work; and supervises the employees and the use of the equipment.
Instruct equipment operators on the operation and care of mowing and other equipment; supervises pesticide applications and/or operates and calibrates pesticide application equipment; and supervises and participates in the operation and maintenance of pumps, and in the maintenance of irrigation and drainage systems.
Assist in staff management and evaluation, employee safety and employee counseling. Train, motivate and supervise staff capable of performing the tasks associated with maintaining the golf course.
Modify the daily work schedule based on professional interpretation as needed.
Perform aquatic applications on property including planning.
Conduct daily staff morning meetings, monthly staff meetings and communicate the daily and weekly objectives of the golf course maintenance department.
Responsible for generating mowing and agronomic schedules to ensure they meet the standards of Valhalla Golf Club.
Monitor staff’s hours and obtains daily labor reports from the administrative assistant for the purpose of managing labor budgets and proper use of time clock.
Assist the GCS with record keeping for supplies, daily logs, application records, climatic condition records and any personnel records.
Daily scheduling, training, follow up of staff to accomplish duties as laid out by the Golf Course Superintendent.
Build relationships and communicate with golf shop staff daily. Inform golf shop on maintenance procedures, (topdressing, cart paths only, etc.).
Discuss daily schedules, programs and concerns with the Golf Course Superintendent with attention to efficient management and quality control in mind.
Assure that all issues and concerns are brought to the Golf Course Superintendent as quickly as possible in order to lessen potential negative impact.
Assist the GCS with development and implementation of necessary agronomic and cultural programs.
Document and file daily records for each team member’s assignments. This should be done daily with job task and completion time.
Assist the Golf Course Superintendent with weekly key labor meetings with key departmental staff to discuss past week and following week issues, successes and programs.
Work with the mechanic daily on equipment use and requirements. Assure that all equipment is properly set up and operating as needed in the field.
Tour the golf course on a regular basis with attention to greens, tees, fairways and rough conditions as a minimum. Note all areas where issues are seen and plan for the next day events.
Ensure organization of the GCM facility, equipment and grounds.
Assist the GCS with preparation, development and management of the operating budget.
Assure that environmental, compliance and maintenance facility are monitored and maintained.
All employees within the GCM department with the exception of the Golf Course Superintendent.
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employee; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
REQUIRED WORK HABITS:
Work habits include regular attendance, teamwork, initiative, dependability, promptness and sound communication skills.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Two or four year certificate from a college or technical school; or five or more years in a related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience to include a working knowledge of the maintenance of golf course tees, fairways and greens; seeding and maintenance practices for golf course turf; planting, cultivating, pruning, and caring for plants, shrubs and trees; characteristics and proper use of various fertilizers and soil conditioners; herbicides and pest control methods and materials; drainage control methods; and irrigation systems, including wells, pumps and automatic controls..
The ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. The ability to write routine reports and correspondence. The ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
The ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. The ability to apply calibration of pesticide and fertilizer.
The ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out simple one- or two-step instructions. The ability to deal with standardized situations with only occasional or no variables.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Valid Driver’s License
Kentucky Pesticide Applicator License
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
I HAVE READ MY JOB DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS. I UNDERSTAND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE JOB DESCRIPTION. I FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT THIS JOB IS NOT INTENDED, AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS, EFFORTS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH MY JOB. I MAY BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM ADDITIONAL TASKS NECESSARY TO MEET STANDARDS OR CARE AND SERVICE. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS ARE INTENDED TO BE AN ACCURATE REFLECTION OF THE PRINCIPAL JOB ELEMENTS ESSENTIAL FOR MAKING FAIR DECISIONS.
Additional Salary Information: The club will provide a compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience and qualifications.
This includes but not limited to:
•Competitive base salary.
•Full benefits package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance)
•Pension plan and 401k plan with Company match
•Paid time off
•Golf Privileges and the opportunity to learn the game
•Lunch provided Tuesday-Sunday
•Cell Phone Allowance
About Valhalla Golf Club
Valhalla Golf Club is a unique golf only facility featuring an 18-hole Championship golf course with bent grass tees, green, and fairways. The Club facilities also feature an expansive 12.5 acre, double sided practice facility with two practice putting greens as well as two practice bunker/pitching greens. Valhalla is recognized as one of Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses”. Beginning in 1981, the original founder and developer of Valhalla, Dwight Gahm, started creating a traditional “golf-only” facility with an outstanding championship course that would host world- class events. Today, Valhalla is the culmination of a history-making partnership bringing championship golf to Louisville on a recurring schedule, resulting in The PGA of America's first owned championship site.
Gahm commissioned Jack Nicklaus to build a private golf facility on 486 acres of rolling Kentucky terrain that would provide its members with the highest level of service. Valhalla Golf Club, located approximately 20 miles east of downtown Louisville, opened its doors in 1986. Named one of the top three new private golf courses in the U.S. in 1987, the first year it was eligible, Valhalla Gol...f Club remains the No. 1-ranked course in Kentucky.
In 1992, Valhalla Golf Club was announced as the site for the 1996 PGA Championship. Valhalla Golf Club has all the ingredients necessary for a successful PGA Championship - a world-class golf course to challenge the best players in the world, a supportive community, a top-ranked convention destination with excellent transportation, housing and entertainment services, and a central location reaching several major metropolitan cities within a 150-mile radius. In the fall of 2011 Valhalla embarked on a project to modernize the course by overhauling the drainage, and irrigation infrastructure throughout the course. The major focus was on the green complexes, with Nicklaus rebuilding them form the ground up enhancing surface drainage and softening contours.
Valhalla’s 17,500 square foot clubhouse, featuring a 45-foot Omega Clock Tower and a veranda overlooking the 18th green, opened in February 1996. The clubhouse underwent an extensive renovation that was completed in 2017 and modernized the inside while keeping the traditional Louisville design, that blends both Midwestern and Southern accents.
After the legendary 2000 PGA Championship, the PGA of America took full ownership of Valhalla and scheduled or played a number of championships, including the 2002 PGA Club Professional Championship (now the PGA Professional Championship), the 2004 and 2011 Senior PGA Championships, the 2008 Ryder Cup, the PGA Championship in August, 2014, the 2018 PGA Boys Junior PGA Championship and will be the host of the upcoming 2021 Girls Junior PGA Championship and the 2024 PGA Championship.