Director of Golf Course and Estates

A rare opportunity to join Loch Lomond Golf Club in a key senior position as a Director of Golf Course and Estates.

Director of Golf Course and Estates

Position Overview

A key member of the senior management team, the Director of Golf Course and Estates will be instrumental in providing amazing golfing experiences and creating lasting memories for our Members and their guests.  Leading the golf course team to ensure exceptional attention to detail to present consistent world class playing conditions on a daily basis, while also working to protect, preserve, and enhance the beautiful environment that surrounds the golf club and to maintain its historic characteristics and ecological beauty.

The Director of Golf Courses and Estates is also responsible for developing innovative agronomic strategies that align with the Loch Lomond brand. They will assist with the 10-year development and capital investment plans and will help oversee the construction & improvement plans that enhance our world-class golf club and facilities.

The Director of Golf Course and Estates will be responsible for: –

  • Ensuring the Golf course conditions are in line with the Board and Members’ expectations.
  • In partnership with the General Manager and Director of Golf ensure that the team challenges to continually exceed Member and guest golfing expectations.
  • Directing the planning, scheduling and supervision of the maintenance and improvements of the putting greens, tees, fairways, practice facilities, roughs, bunkers, estate grounds and associated facilities.
  • Study, refine and adjust turfgrass strategies and procedures based on agronomic data collection and analysis.
  • Short and long-term planning, developing and execution of all agronomic programmes in compliance with the sound IPM programmes and long-term, sustainable turf conditioning objectives.
  • Identifying potential problems and providing corrective solutions.
  • Directing and ensuring extensive adequate cultural practices are applied to all the playing surfaces on the golf course and grounds.
  • Directing and managing annual seed and turf establishment programmes.
  • Overseeing the operation and maintenance of the irrigation and pumping systems.
  • Advising, directing, and managing golf course, grounds, and infrastructure improvement projects.
  • Ensuring training procedures are in place for the safe use of all golf course and operational equipment.
  • To assist our team members to reach their personal career goals by individual and team development, encouraging progression in themselves and others.
  • In conjunction with the Head of Finance, produce, monitor, and control the golf course and estates annual operational budgets.
  • In conjunction with the General Manager and Head of Finance, produce and control the annual, short, and long-term golf course and estates capital budgets.
  • Ensure record keeping (weather, pesticide, fertiliser, seed etc.) is accurate and kept up to date and all golf course related tasks are recorded.
  • Ensure administration such as H&S, Training, Record Keeping, Purchasing, Data Collation is maintained within correct legislation.
  • Ensure appraisals and one to one meetings are administered and delivered, in accordance with LLGC expectations and objectives.
  • Maintain excellent communications with all departments and offer assistance and advice when required.
  • Communicate and correspond with relevant partnerships within the Loch Lomond National Park, i.e. Luss Estates, Loch Lomond National Park Authorities, Scottish Natural Heritage, SEPA, Forestry Commission and many others.
  • Leads the continuous review and improvement of the Club’s overall environmental management plan.
  • Advises and oversees the procurement of the equipment, mowing fleet and other golf and estate machinery.

Essential Skills

  • A deep understanding of the game of golf and golf course conditioning.
  • Stays current with industry standards and innovations through seminars, conferences, and educational opportunities. Walk the talk and be the best example of Loch Lomond Club culture.
  • Experience in presenting world class golfing playing conditions daily in difficult climatic conditions.
  • Extensive experience in turfgrass agronomic practices and procedures.
  • The desire, passion, and ability to coordinate agronomic strategies for the golf courses and estate.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to efficiently handle multiple tasks and projects under pressure, and the willingness to work flexible hours as required including evening and weekends.
  • Expertise in performance, excellence, and high-end training.
  • Excellence in organisational, communication, presentation, networking and negotiating skills.
  • A huge presence, be an individual of stature and have the skill and ability to influence others.
  • Demonstrate a strong passion for the role and responsibilities.
  • Possess strong awareness and curiosity on trends and technology within the industry.
  • Self-motivated, detailed and highly analytical with exceptional problem-solving
  • Ensure compliance and safeguarding of all chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers, and golf club assets.

Qualifications:

  • A degree or diploma in golf course/turfgrass management (i.e. HNC or HND or equivalent).
  • A valid UK Pesticide Licence (PA1, PA2 and PA6).
  • A BIGGA Member committed to Continuous Professional Development and working towards Master Greenkeeper status.
  • A consistent track record of employment with at least 5 years’ experience at Golf Course Management level within an equally quality-orientated venue.
  • Extensive experience managing multiple projects and contractors.

Compensation and benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • KPI bonus
  • Company pension scheme
  • 30 days holiday rising to 35 after 5 years’ service
  • Discounts for you, your friends and family across several products offered onsite including Pro Shop and Spa
  • Onsite Gym Membership
  • CPD opportunities
  • Pool truck

Vision

“Providing the finest Members experience, whilst engaging in climate change adaptation, protecting nature, benefitting communities and conserving resources”.

Our Commitment:

Prioritising our people and the environment is embedded into the fabric of the Club. Our workplace culture is values driven with a focus on nurturing, leadership, and integrity. We are committed to operating in a way that has a positive impact on the environment and our community.

If you feel you have the desired qualities and skills required and this position is of interest to you, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please click on the Apply button which will direct you to a Sage application form where you will be able to attach your CV and cover letter.