Responsible for golf course maintenance and agronomic operations at La Purisima Golf Course and The Mission Club both located in Lompoc, California. The responsibilities include; turf grass/plant material maintenance programs, property/asset management, personnel management, budget/forecasting, financial management, member relations, scheduling/maintenance or irrigation systems, pesticide applications, related recordings, and compliance of regulatory issues. The golf course Superintendent works to create an environment where staff is involved and enthusiastic, with open communications and respect for themselves, members, guests and the property.
The successful candidate will embrace and promote continuous improvement in all aspects and at all levels of the department. Further, this individual will need to be very well organized, polished and an effective and diplomatic communicator to members, guests, team members and management.
Responsible for all phases of golf maintenance and agronomic operations, cost control, and personnel.
Directs and participates in the construction and maintenance of the grounds.
Designs landscape plans for facility grounds and implements the plan.
Advise and assist the General Manager and implement policies, procedures, and goals which will strategically enhance the agronomy department for operational and financial success.
Must be able to work independently and be a self-starting problem solver.
Oversees the care and maintenance of the turf, ornamental plants, shrubs, trees and wetlands on the facility grounds.
Directs and assists the staff on the planting of new vegetation, the replacement, spraying, pruning and trimming of trees and shrubs, the preparation of soil plant beds for aesthetically pleasing arrangements and tending to high stress areas.
Manages an aggressive water usage tracking plan and irrigation systems and provides monthly reporting on wells and other water source usage.
Recruits, supervises and retains maintenance staff. Conducts employee performance evaluations and exercises disciplinary action.
Provides technical, operational and safety training for employees to ensure that staff is working within OSHA, course safety, state and federal guidelines for safe working conditions.
Oversees subordinates in proper and safe operation and maintenance of mechanical and power equipment. Plans and budgets for additional or replacement capital equipment.
Supervises and participates in the application and recording of chemical applications (fertilizers and pesticides) on the course’s grounds in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.
Supervises and controls all maintenance expenses associated with the golf course operations; including payroll, supplies, chemicals and fertilizers.
Work with the General Manager in the preparation of the annual budget, including all expenses within the department.
Review and analyze various financial results/reports while monitoring the overall agronomy department performance and take any corrective actions that may be needed.
Maintain and produce various (daily, weekly, monthly etc.) business reports, forecasts, and plans accordingly.
Organize department management meetings, staff meetings, and participate in department head/committee meetings as designated.
Maintains records and completes required reporting. Order parts, supplies and equipment as needed.
Schedules maintenance practices around regular play, tournaments and outings to maximize efficiency and minimize disruption to members.
Minimum of 5 years of golf course superintendent experience at a high-quality facility required
4-year Degree or Certificate in Turf Management (or related field, like agronomy, horticulture, plant science, soil science).
Extensive experience managing multiple grasses to include; Bentgrass, Poa, Kikuyu, and Fescue
Advance computer skills required for financial reporting and control of operations, including use of Microsoft Office Suite.
Valid CA Driver's License.
Pesticide Application License
Certification by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
All maintenance staff
Knowledge & Skills Required
Knowledge of management and maintenance of greens, fairways and roughs.
Knowledge of use and operating standards of equipment and tools used in golf course construction and maintenance work.
Skill in recruiting, supervising, training, monitoring, evaluating and motivating personnel.
Interpersonal skill to resolve conflict and work with supervisors, officials, employees, members and the general public.
Knowledge of safe use, mixing and application of chemicals and commercial products.
Knowledge of the game of golf, golf rules and methods of play.
Ability to anticipate personnel, equipment, and material requirements related to golf course maintenance and repair assignments.
Ability and knowledge to lay out irrigation patterns, drainage patterns, construct tees and/or greens.
About La Purisima Golf Course
La Purisima is a superior 18-hole Championship design by world-renowned architect Robert Muir Graves. Challenging … beautiful in its naturally undulating landscape, La Purisima requires both skill and patience. A course that is likely to test your character, as well as reveal it! This stunning layout traces the valley floor before climbing to hilly terrain marked by huge oaks, slick perched greens, and giant sculpted bunkers. We don't believe in tricky designs with waterfalls, island greens, and railroad ties. But, be advised, when the Pacific breeze funnels through the Lompoc Valley, which it does most afternoons, even good players fight hard for par. First a foremost golf should be a beautiful walk, and La Purisima is a remarkably enjoyable walk, but also a pleasant ride. This course is operated by golf purists for golf purists! We believe in the essence of playing golf in a natural environment, where fairways and greens are framed by nature. As it was when it opened in 1986, La Purisima remains a pure golf experience, unencumbered by homes or other distractions. That's why golfers of all abilities travel the necessary miles to play and test their game here. Whether it's PGA pros..., celebrities, amateur hopefuls, low handicappers, or just those who enjoy the game in natural surroundings. Those who have passion for the game, a hearty appetite for pure golf, they all eventually find their way to La Purisima.