February 13, 2018

Mountain Ridge Country Club: Assistant Superintendent

Club: Mountain Ridge Country Club, 713 Passaic Ave, West Caldwell, NJ 07006

Operations: Mountain Ridge Country Club, now located in West Caldwell, New Jersey, was officially formed on April 17, 1912 in West Orange, NJ. The initial nine-hole course was laid out by David Hunter, golf professional at the nearby Essex County Country Club, and opened for play in 1913. Thereafter, A.W. Tillinghast created a new course on the site during the winter of 1916-17. Despite the Tillinghast pedigree, the golf course was troubled. The site was extremely hilly, and did not lend itself to good design. In 1926, Mountain Ridge retained Seth Raynor and George Banks to advise the club on modifications to the layout. Raynor and Banks reported that no amount of money could build a satisfactory course at that location. In 1929 Mountain Ridge Country Club purchased a 282-acre parcel in West Caldwell, New Jersey for its new site. The club hired prominent golf course architect Donald Ross to design a course on land that swept downward from a natural clubhouse spot. The course opened in 1931. Often described as one of the NYC Metropolitan Area’s “hidden gems”, Mountain Ridge has hosted many championships of the New Jersey State Golf Association and Metropolitan Golf Association, including four New Jersey PGA championships, three Metropolitan Opens, Amateur Championships of both the NJSGA and MGA, and most recently the MGA’s Ike Championship in 2007 and the New Jersey PGA championship in 2017. In 2012, Mountain Ridge hosted its first USGA event, the USGA Senior Amateur Championship. In 2020 Mountain Ridge will host the Met Open Championship.

Responsibilities: Assist the Superintendent in all areas of golf course and grounds maintenance, including but not limited to: Daily course set-up, plant protection and fertilizer applications, irrigation scheduling, repair, design, and installation, organize small construction and improvement projects, budgeting, staff supervision and team building, hand watering, snow removal and property management during winter months. An ideal candidate should be willing to embrace daily challenges, thrive on working towards improving themselves in the golf course industry, and be willing to participate daily in our team-oriented atmosphere. A candidate must recognize that we work in an ever-changing environment where being punctual and attention to detail is a must. Candidates will be expected to help work towards the member’s expectations of the club’s grounds and golf course at the highest levels. A candidate will need to be detailed oriented, and have the ability to lead and organize daily projects that will be implemented on the golf course. Leading by example and having hands on working mentality will ensure the success of a candidate not only at our club, but throughout the golf course industry. Previous assistant of 1 year currently excepted a head superintendent position at Lake Mohawk Golf Club in Sparta, New Jersey. Currently we have a master plan in place to be accomplished in the next 2 years starting Fall of 2018. Projects include: 1. Re-design of the 10th and 18th holes from tee to green. Green complex not included. 2. New 2-acre short game facility and upgrades with expansions to existing practice range. 3. New maintenance facility administrative building (with apartment and common room housing), and expansion with upgrades to existing facility. 4. Infrastructure improvements to the clubhouse, pool facility and tennis courts. 5. Movement and expansion of the 17th green. 6. Irrigation pond enlargement, dredging, and installation of new pipe and intake to pump house. 7. State of the art teaching facility with upgrades and expansions to existing halfway house.

Qualifications: A four-year or two-year degree in Turf-grass Management or similar field.

Compensation: $70K. Year-end bonus. Uniforms. 401K with employer contribution after 1-year, affordable health insurance with employer contributing 80% 30 days after employment. Dental and vision insurance is available 6 months after employment with 100% employee contribution. Vacation pay one year after employment start date. Dues paid for local and national associations, conference seminars, and licensing. Dormitory housing with personal bathroom is available on property.

Resumes: Email to: cmoore@mountainridgecc.org  References not mandatory, but encouraged.

Availability: March 12, 2018

Deadline: Until Filled