Course Manager

Lymm Golf Club - Cheshire - Northern
Managerial - Greenkeeper 27 June 2024


Salary: A competitive remuneration and benefits package which is dependent on skills and experience but commensurate with the position and stature of the club and in line with BIGGA CGCS recommendations.
Contract: Permanent full-time position (40 hours per week) – Additional hours as and when required in line with the needs of the business, e.g. Special events and/or championship competitions etc.
Reports to: Business Manager; Chair of the Green; Council and Directors.


On the edge of the pretty village of Lymm, surrounded by farmland and the Manchester Ship Canal, the 6,351 yards long Lymm Golf Club provides a peaceful haven for golfers. Recognised as one of Cheshire's finest clubs, it boasts an inclusive membership of golfers of all abilities, ages and genders. The significant ongoing programme of course improvements and rigorous maintenance schedule ensure that the award-winning course is in great condition all year round. Whether you are a visitor, a society, or a prospective member you will always be welcomed at Lymm Golf Club. The Course Manager’s position has now become available at Lymm Golf Club. The ideal candidate will be an established and committed Greenkeeper with a proven record of golf course management.
They shall be forward thinking, embracing modern techniques and technology and have extensive knowledge of all greenkeeping practices/turf management. With an innovative, ‘can-do‘‘will-do’ pro-active approach and a passion to lead and motivate the team and drive the club forward.
Job Role Title: Course Manager.
Reporting directly to: The Business Manager.
Working with: Business Manager, Chair of the of Green, the Greens committee, the Council and Directors.
Purpose Statement: Ensure the maintenance and upkeep of the golf course, practice areas, and all other general areas within the curtilage of the club, to a condition which exceeds the Members, Guests and Visitors expectations.
Responsibilities & Accountabilities:
  • Lead, manage, motivate and nurture the Greenkeeping team to produce excellence on a daily basis.
  • Always maintain a professional and welcoming approach when dealing with members, guests, visitors, internal and external colleagues / suppliers.
  • Produce and maintain high quality playing surfaces on the golf course and practice areas. 
  • Plan and manage the control of weeds, pests and diseases.
  • Maintain all materials, equipment and greenkeeping buildings.
  • Ensure safety and maintenance of the irrigation and estate drainage system.
  • Maintain wooded areas and unused golf club acreage, and ensure all footpaths, tracks, and fire exit roads are in a good state of repair.
  • Work alongside the Greens committee to plan and implement course improvements.
  • Liaise with the retained agronomy and ecology consultants, understanding fully their recommendations and implementing a delivery plan in conjunction with the Business Manager and Chair of the Green.
  • Assist in the planning of compiling and reviewing a long-term course plan, and the course management policy document.
  • Implement staff training and development, maintain annual performance reviews.
  • Manage supplier contracts, in line with financial requirements.
  • Plan all maintenance and project work applying agronomic and administrative expertise to achieve the desired standards, consider and suggest forward seasonal work plans e.g. winter work programme.
  • Assist in the preparation of annual budgets for both the maintenance and capital improvements of club property and ensure tight fiscal control of the agreed budgets.
  • Ensure personal professional development through keeping in touch with modern advances in materials, methods, and machinery in greenkeeping, and use this knowledge to advise the Club accordingly.
  • Ensure that any restrictions imposed on the course by organisations such as, Natural England, Mersey Forest, Environment Agency and other bodies are strictly observed.
  • Control, monitor and report on the irrigation system and comply with the terms and conditions of the Water Extraction Licence issued by the Department of Environment.
  • Oversee the Human Resource planning of the Greens Team including management of absence and staff time sheets. 
  • Survey, collect and record data on the golf course playing surfaces and environment.
  • Deliver a co-ordinated member communications programme in conjunction with the Business Manager and the Chair of the Green.
  • Attend and lead greens committee meetings, attend heads of department meetings and meetings with the Business Manager and Chair of the Green and any other stake holders as and when required. Reporting on progress and planning of work on the course or estate.
  • Comply with Club Policies, rules and procedures at all times.
  •  Comply with all current Health and Safety regulations, the Greenkeepers Code of Practice and Ethics, which will include writing Safe Operating Procedures and Risk Assessments
  • Take all reasonable steps to protect the health, safety and welfare of all employees, patrons and visitors, by following all legislative guidelines for the preparation, use and disposal of chemicals, the safe use of tools, plant and equipment and promoting safe working practices in all areas of operation at the Course.
Working Relationships
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with managers, colleagues and golfers.
  • Work as part of a team and actively demonstrate a willingness to support and achieve the overall business objectives.
  • Lead, motivate, supervise and allocate work to the greenkeeping team.
  • Communicate effectively and have management responsibility for all members of the greenkeeping team.
  • Manage and liaise with volunteer groups the work carried out around the golf course and peripheral areas by them.
Skills and Attributes:
  • A professional turf manager with NVQ level 3 (essential) or above.
  • Spraying Certificates – essential.
  • Golfer and Member of BIGGA -desirable. 
  •  Evidence of continual professional development. 
  •  Ability to communicate effectively at all levels both verbally and in writing.
  •  Ability to manage a team and allocate workloads effectively.
  • Proven planning and organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Passionate with a keen eye for detail, presentation, and course aesthetics.
  • N.B. these are the key responsibilities and core skills required. This list of duties is not exhaustive, and all employees may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities from time to time.
Remuneration and Benefits
  • A competitive remuneration and benefits package which is dependent on skills and experience but commensurate with the position, stature of the club and in line with BIGGA CGCS recommendations. 
To Apply: Please send your CV with covering letter to the Business Manager, Keith Melia, at [email protected]  
Please note any periods of annual leave already booked and your notice period required by current employer.
Closing Date: Thursday 27th June 2024 at 5pm.


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