|Westwood Golf Club General Manager|
|Westwood Golf Club|
GENERAL MANAGER PROFILE: WESTWOOD GOLF CLUB
THE GENERAL MANAGER OPPORTUNITY AT WESTWOOD GOLF CLUB
Westwood Golf Club (WGC) is a member governed, private golf club steeped in tradition as one of the oldest in the Houston area. The Club provides members with a classic golf-focused experience. The General Manager (GM) position at WGC is a tremendous opportunity for an individual who is passionate about leadership, team development, enhancing the Westwood brand, building strong relationships with members and staff, and seeing this family-friendly club continue to enhance its relevancy and position in its members’ lives.
WESTWOOD GOLF CLUB AND COMMUNITY
Westwood Golf Club, originally founded in 1928 as Westwood Country Club, has the distinction of being the second oldest Private Golf Club in Houston on its original site. The Club was founded by thirty prominent families with the desire to promote the spirit of brotherhood among its members by supporting and maintaining a private club for the promotion of outdoor life.
The Club is a short drive of 10 to 15 minutes from Downtown, Greenway Plaza, the Galleria, West University, Bellaire, the Medical Center, Memorial, and many other central Houston locations. Westwood provides its members and guests the classic golf club experience, without distraction and cost of non-golf related activities and surrounding real estate development. It is a member governed and operated Club via a member-elected Board of Governors.
Westwood Golf Club has a family-friendly atmosphere. All memberships are Family Memberships with no age, skill or gender restrictions on tee times, unlike most private clubs in the area. The club offers extensive golf instructional programs taught by PGA Professionals on technique and etiquette for golfers of all skill levels. Membership is limited to 350, the smallest inside the Beltway, ensuring accessibility by members and their guests.
The original design, by noted Texas golf professional and architect John Bredemus, was nine holes. In 1957 the Club commissioned Ralph Plummer, former assistant to Bredemus, to redesign the original nine holes and add a new nine holes. In 2002 the members decided to re-establish Westwood as one of the premier private golf clubs in Houston. Keith Foster was selected to redesign the golf course into a traditional parkland style, utilizing the natural beauty of the land and existing trees to form a challenging golf course that would stand the test of time. Along with reconstruction of the golf course, the clubhouse and maintenance facilities were demolished and relocated to conform and augment the new design. A world-class practice facility was also created, which includes a spacious driving range, an 8,000-sq. ft. putting green, a short game and a designated practice area.
Completed in 2011, the well-appointed but efficient, 13,000 square foot state-of-the-art clubhouse includes a golf shop, bar lounge and mixed grill, private dining room, board room, men's locker room and lounge, women's locker room, and outdoor patio overlooking the 9th and 18th greens.
WESTWOOD GOLF CLUB VISION STATEMENT
Westwood members seek the exclusive golf club experience that is reminiscent of fine clubs with a smaller membership.
WESTWOOD GOLF CLUB BY THE NUMBERS
GENERAL MANAGER POSITION OVERVIEW
The General Manager (GM) is responsible for supporting the mission and vision of Westwood Golf Club while at the same time helping to improve name recognition of this well-established club. This executive has operational management authority over the daily operations of the club, as well as establishing short and long term organizational goals, objectives, plans, and policies subject to approval of the Board of Governors of Westwood Golf Club. The General Manager’s primary focus is to represent and serve the membership of Westwood Golf Club.
He/she is responsible for the financial and operational stability of the club and other external activities. Duties include direction setting, management of staff and all workforce issues as directed by the Board of Governors of Westwood Golf Club, including the focus on maintaining quality facilities, safety, services, and programs throughout all social and recreational offerings.
The GM reports directly to the Club President and is responsible for carrying out the Board’s policies and vision. The Board of Governors is comprised of four officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
The GM directs a staff of 25 (FTE) team members in all departments during in-season, and 13 staff off-season. The GM has all club department heads reporting to him/her and will assume or delegate these duties and responsibilities if the department head is absent or disabled. The new GM will be leading a mostly long-tenured management team and will be tasked with modernizing management methods.
The GM will be a “thought partner” with the Board and committees and will help the Board arrive at a consensus on important matters by providing pertinent information. The GM also interacts with the Board to investigate more efficient operating procedures and new club activities and will also complete all responsibilities and duties as prescribed in the club bylaws and will perform other duties as directed by the Board of Governors.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE GM:
The candidate should have a minimum of 3-5 years of progressive management experience in a well-regarded hospitality venue.
The ideal candidate should possess exceptional financial and budgeting acumen, as well as the energy and genuine desire to interact with the membership on professional and hospitable levels. Demonstrated skills in brand building are essential. The candidate must have a proven record of strong operational management skills and will have an impeccable attention to detail.
A true appreciation of and experience in all the core activities of a golf course.
The successful candidate will possess a wide range of necessary leadership personality traits, knowledge, abilities, working norms, and skills necessary to effectively lead the organization:
Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Club, along with the typical senior staff benefits, offers an excellent bonus and benefit package.
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 with the above noted expectations and requirements is necessary. Your letter should be addressed to Jay Hurt, President and clearly articulate why you want to be considered for this position at this stage of your career and why WGC and the Greater Houston area will be beneficial to both you and the Club if selected.
Expressions of interest in this manner should be conveyed to our Firm no later than March 10, 2018. Interviews occur in April with the successful candidate likely in place in Spring 2018.
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 Holly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead Search Executives:
Thomas B. Wallace III, CCM, ECM
Partner, KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE
412-670-2021 (Cell) – Strongsville, OH
Search & Consulting Executive, KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE
303-570-2741 (Cell) – Monument, CO
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