Fresh Golf is proud to be assisting the
Ashburn Golf Club - New Course
in their search for its next Golf Course Operations leader.
Posted: March 15th
Accepting until April 7
Lead Search Executive: Scott Kolb
Note: Process of meeting with candidates have started. It is recommended to reach out to Scott prior to the deadline if you have interest in submitting an application.
After several decades of a successful service, the New Ashburn Golf Course Superintendent is retiring this Spring. The Club is seeking to find its next Golf Course Operations leader to lead the facility for the exciting years ahead. Located 25 minutes from downtown Halifax in the beautiful community of Fall River, the New Ashburn provides the opportunity to choose to live in Halifax or the peaceful serene setting that Nova Scotia is known for.
The Facility: Ashburn Golf Club (the “Club”) is the premiere private member golf club in Atlantic Canada. Originally founded in 1922, the Club maintains two 18-hole golf facilities referred to by its members as Old Ashburn (located in Halifax) and New Ashburn (located in Fall River).
The Club boasts a thriving playing membership of approximately 1,400 members who are joined by an additional 500 social members.
Designed by Geoffrey Cornish and opened in 1970, New Ashburn remains one of the stalwart tests in the Canadian game, having been called a “spectacularly strong layout, featuring fiendishly tilted fairways, unyielding rough, and large, fast greens,” in John Gordon’s Great Golf Courses of Canada. New Ashburn boasts a world-class practice facility, a modern clubhouse that offers bar and restaurant services, a pro shop, and a spacious, redesigned maintenance facility built in 2016.
New Ashburn has hosted several Nova Scotia Golf Association and Golf Canada championships over the last 50 years and in 2014 and 2015 hosted the Korn Ferry Tour’s Nova Scotia Open. New Ashburn will host the 2023 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship in August.
Over the past decade, the Club has invested more than $10 million on capital projects including new practice facilities at both New Ashburn and Old Ashburn and a rebuild of the greens and bunkers at Old Ashburn.
With a strong balance sheet and a commitment to providing an exceptional membership experience, the Club launched a market sounding process in the Fall of 2021 to create a Master Plan for New Ashburn
For more about Ashburn - www.ashburngolfclub.com
Why Ashburn: This is an exciting time for the golf course. Long known as one of the best in the east, the club is in final negotiations with selecting an architect for it Golf Course Master Plan. The Superintendent will be an integral part of any future construction on the property.
The position also offers a lifestyle which many spots in Canada cannot offer. Halifax is known for its friendly people, beautiful surroundings, vibrant culture, and rich history. Halifax is one of Canada's fastest growing municipalities, and as of 2022 had an estimated population approaching 500,000. Compared to many other populations of this size, housing is affordable which makes it desirable for a family or those looking to shed burdens of high monthly mortgage payments
Superintendent Main Responsibilities
The Superintendent is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of golf-course maintenance. This position requires excellent organizational and communication skills as well as a comprehensive knowledge of golf course agronomy and exceptional attention to detail, ensuring the golf course and grounds meet the highest standards of play and presentation. The candidate must be able to manage, lead, and motivate an enthusiastic team of employees, and will work to create an environment where staff is involved and passionate, with open communications and respect for themselves, members, guests, and the property. The candidate will also be required to coordinate with outside contractors and have a strong understanding of budgeting and financial management.
Leadership - Recruits, supervises and retains maintenance staff. Providing leadership through coaching & training.
Budgeting/Finance - Coordinate and plan with the General Manager to create annual budgets. Working closely with GM to operate in a fiscally responsible & professional manner.
Planning – Develop and implement a comprehensive course maintenance schedule, including all clubhouse grounds. Manage purchasing, repairs of equipment and irrigation needs. Oversee and implement various on-course projects and work closely with the selected architect Master Plan.
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Qualifications and Skills -
- Post-secondary degree in a related field (e.g. turf management, agronomy, horticulture).
- At least 5 years of applicable experience as a Golf Superintendent or 1st Assistant.
- Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and communication skills.
- High attention to detail and ensuring accuracy and precision in all areas
- Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks.
- Ability to lead and foster a positive workplace culture
Salary and Benefits -
We offer a competitive salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package commensurate with experience. Start date as soon as available.