Job Description – Links Manager
The Royal Dublin Golf Club, founded in 1885, is a traditional private members' golf club which also caters to overseas visiting golfers. Royal Dublin is one Ireland’s finest links courses and has a proud championship history.
The Club is now inviting applications for the position of Links Manager. The Club are looking for a highly motivated individual who has proven experience in golf course management and greenkeeping in a traditional links environment. The successful candidate will be an expert in their field who is capable of organising, motivating and managing the existing greenkeeping team while at the same time bringing a high standard of presentation to the links.
Responsibilities of the Links Manager
- Manage the day to day operations of the links including the delegation of duties to the team and supervision to ensure works are being completed to the expected standard. This requires excellent planning and organisational skills.
- Responsible for the overall water management of the links including our well point/borehole water supplies, the Rainbird irrigation system, and the drainage system.
- Manage the budgeting and financial processes for the links department. Including control of budgets, forecasting, expenditure, cost benefit analysis, wage management, and relationships with suppliers.
- The ability to work as part of the team in carrying out the daily preparation of the links.
- Be able to implement an environmentally sustainable maintenance programme on the links and have an interest in ecology.
- Plan, manage and maintain the maintenance equipment/machinery. This would involve working closely with the Club mechanic to ensure preventative maintenance is carried out and that all machines are kept in the best possible condition.
- Preparation of a planned programme (seasonal) of works to ensure that the course is maintained at the required high level. The programme must be documented and communicated to the relevant stakeholders (e.g. staff, GM, and Committee/members).
- Play a key role in meetings, both in terms of meetings with your team, and also the Links Committee Meetings that take place every two weeks.
- Develop the team to enhance performance, instil a good work ethos and promote a positive culture in the workplace.
- Carry out a skills audit of the existing staff highlighting any skills gaps. Prepare and implement personal training plan for the staff.
- In conjunction with the General Manager carry out annual performance appraisals and outline KPI’s for the staff.
- Ensure full compliance with all health & safety guidelines as per our Safety Statement.
Requirements of the Links Manager
- Minimum of five years’ experience as either a Deputy or Head Greenkeeper, preferably on a links course.
- The candidate is expected to have attained recognised industry qualifications in golf course management, greenkeeping and pesticide application techniques (PA1, PA2, and PA6).
- A flexible approach to working hours which includes working unsociable hours, weekends and being on duty for key events in the golf calendar (e.g. Captain’s Prize, matchplay finals day etc.)
- Experience working with sustainable fine grasses (red fescues and browntop bents), which are the preferred grasses on the links.
- Strong leadership and communication skills plus the ability to motivate your greenkeeping team in a positive manner.
- Proficient with modern IT systems, including golf specific management software such as Rainbird and TurfKeeper.
- Keep abreast of greenkeeping advancements in terms of methods, technology, machinery or other relevant advancements within the industry. Ideally be an active member within a greenkeeping association (BIGGA/GCSAI/ILI).
- Undergo continuous professional development to ensure you are continually improving your technical skills as well as your leadership and management skills.
- Full driving license.
A remuneration package commensurate with the role will be offered to the successful candidate.
All applications should be sent to the General Manager Jeff Fallon. Your application should include a CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role. Applications, will be handled in strictest confidence, can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday May 7th.