|Big Canoe POA Head Golf Professional|
|Director of Golf|
|Big Canoe Company POA|
HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL PROFILE: BIG CANOE POA
THE HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITY AT BIG CANOE POA
The Head Golf Professional (HGP) position at Big Canoe POA (BCPOA or BC) is an exciting opportunity to join a large scale, resident owned club community with a wide array of amenities and member services looking for a dynamic golf professional who is passionate and energized to provide engaged golf operations leadership to this well organized, progressive community.
The ideal Head Golf Professional is someone with a true and sincere “hospitality gene” and who recognizes the special uniqueness of “community” found at Big Canoe. The confluence of members/residents, staff and guests and the natural environment of Big Canoe has formed a distinctive and captivating setting where genuine care and concern for all parties is clear. This role requires a truly engaged golf operations leader---someone who recognizes that all members deserve equal time, focus and opportunity, and who can effectively “vision” Big Canoe's golf program’s future, and work with key volunteer and staff contributors to ensure consistent execution. Being the strong active “face of golf” at Big Canoe must be part of his/her natural style, and being a true “people person” with outstanding communication skills will make him/her highly successful.
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BIG CANOE POA VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT
“To be the pre-eminent private mountain community in the Southeast recognized for providing
an extraordinary, friendly and enriching lifestyle.”
“To be responsible stewards of our unique mountain community and to enrich Property Owners’ lives through facilities, programs and events.”
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF BIG CANOE POA
“It’s like living in a State park!”
“There is something about Big Canoe that is very special and ‘Mountain Magic’”
Located in Northern Georgia, approximately one hour north of Atlanta in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, 8,000+ acres of pure beauty surround Big Canoe and has historical roots dating back nearly 4,000 years as is evident in the Paleo Indian burial grounds located in the 50-acre reserve called Indian Village at Big Canoe. Officially opened in the fall of 1972, this award winning private mountain community features 27-holes of Championship Golf, resort-style amenities, and breathtaking views.
BC is registered with Atlanta Audubon Society as an official Wildlife Sanctuary and with nearly 30% of its land preserved as usable green space. It was named “Best Hiking Community of the Year in 2015” with 22 miles of genuine hiking trails that lead to waterfalls, Indian trail tree markers, historic moonshine stills and cabins dating back to the early 1800s.
A very active community with approximately 58 social clubs, activities and volunteer organizations, BC is a completely self-sustained community with on-site utilities, six fire stations, a post facility, community amphitheater, chapel, retail center, public works, public safety, and on-site storage for RVs, etc.
While there is a wide array of amenities at Big Canoe, golf is of primary importance with its three unique nine hole routings, all designed by famed course architect Joe Lee. The Choctaw, Cherokee and Creek courses feature striking mountain peaks, rushing streams and lush valleys incorporated into their routings. Play commences at the Clubhouse, which overlooks Lake Sconti, which also served as the backdrop for some lakeside holes.
The Club enjoys a large range and practice areas and greens, and the Clubhouse Golf Shop provides a wide array of merchandise and golf support services. Adjacent to the Clubhouse is the Duffer’s Grill, which serves as a morning gathering spot and halfway house concession area.
BIG CANOE POA FACTS
BIG CANOE MEMBER WEBSITE: www.insidethegates.org
BIG CANOE DEVELOPER WEBSITE: www.bigcanoe.com
HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL POSITION OVERVIEW
The Head Golf Professional (HGP) must be an exceptional “servant leader” and manager who recognizes and respects the contributions of staff on all levels in addition to providing information, recommendations, and leadership to the GM, Board, and Golf Committee. The HGP reports directly to the GM and liaises with the Golf and Golf Handicap Committees and Chairs. He/she will lead and manage the Golf Operations Department to ensure a superb golfing experience for players and groups, and an attractive, well-maintained golf shop and its operational support areas, and is responsible for all day-to-day functions and activities/programming of the golf course and golf shop.
He or she will directly manage the Golf Operations Department and work closely and collaboratively with the golf course superintendent to assess playing conditions and ensure consistent, quality conditions. The position will promote an exceptional “member and guest golf experience” and provide consistently creative services and programs for members of all playing abilities and their guests. The HGP is expected to be a strategic leader of the golf experience at Big Canoe and therefore a person who recognizes the importance of his/her leadership and “face” role, and possessive of exceptional personal interactive skills, integrity, strong communication abilities and overall golf acumen. Additionally, important is to work closely with the new GM and other key senior staff leaders at the club to ensure a highly collaborative and cooperative culture, and one that consistently promotes a strong training and continued developmental approach.
The HGP should foster a culture of continuing education for himself/herself and for the development of future golf professionals and staff, recognizing the need to be a great mentor and trainer of the team, and for setting the necessary “tone at the top” of the Golf Operations Department. The HGP must consistently demonstrate sincere and engaged visibility with members and staff, a genuine love of golf and the relentless pursuit of excellence.
The HGP’s direct reports at present include: the Assistant Golf Professionals, Outside Operations Supervisor, Starter, Counter Staff, and Outside Operations Staff.
Critical success factors and Qualifications for the new Head Golf Professional include:
While all typical competencies are important, our need is for a HGP who will immediately focus on and address:
Preferably, a bachelor’s degree in golf management, hold a minimum of a “Class A” card and be a current registered member of the PGA. Further, a verifiable commitment to continuing education with the PGA.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The community offers an excellent bonus and benefit package including PGA membership and attendance at the annual PGA Show.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY
Please upload your resume and cover letter, in that order, using the link below. You should have your documents fully prepared to be attached when prompted for them during the online application process.
Preparing a thoughtful letter of interest and alignment, clearly articulating your “fit” with the profile and the above noted expectations and requirements is necessary.
Your letter should be addressed to Big Canoe POA Head Golf Professional Search Committee, and clearly articulate why you want to be considered for this position at this stage of your career and why BCPOA and North Georgia will likely be a “fit” to you, your family and the community if selected.
Expressions of interest in this manner should be conveyed to our Firm no later than Wednesday, February 28th. Interviews occur in March with the successful candidate likely in place in Spring 2018 at the start of the season.
IMPORTANT: Save your resume and letter in the following manner:
“Last Name, First Name - Resume” &
“Last Name, First Name - Cover Letter”
(These documents should be in Word or PDF format)
Note: Once you complete the application process for this search, you are not able to go back in and add additional documents.
For directions on how to upload your resume and cover letter visit this page.
If you have any questions please email Patty Sprankle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead Partner and Search Executive:
Kurt Kuebler, CCM
Partner, KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE
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