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The Creek | Locust Valley, New York
General Manager/COO

About the Club

The Creek is a traditional, full-service, exclusive country club with a history dating back as many as five generations for some of its current members and employees. It sits hidden along 186 acres on the Gold Coast of Long Island’s North Shore in Locust Valley, NY, overlooking Long Island Sound. The Creek was founded in 1923 as a golf club with bathing and boating by some of New York’s elite, including J.P. Morgan, Vincent Astor, George F. Baker, Jr., Harry Payne Whitney and Marshall Field. It has evolved over the years into a family –oriented community incorporating an abundance of athletic pursuits and social opportunities.

The original C.B. Macdonald golf course was built in 1925. It has long been recognized as one of the finest courses in the Met Section. A par 70, it measures 6,200 yards and hosts approximately 15,000 rounds. The course will re-open in May 2018 after a yearlong restoration by Gil Hanse.

The Creek’s Beach Club with its beautiful two-story Beach House, rebuilt in 2011, serves as the center of social activity from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Numerous cabanas are filled with summer revelry spilling over to the beach waterfront, a generous swimming and lap pool and children’s camp areas. Mooring and dock space along the shore provides anchorage for nine vessels.

Outdoor tennis, croquet and pickleball are offered through the warm season with a transition to the indoor racquets center for tennis and squash and outdoor paddle tennis in the cold months.  There are nine outdoor and two indoor Har-Tru tennis courts, three paddle tennis courts, three squash courts (one double and two single), a croquet lawn and pickleball courts.  There is a children’s camp each summer, as well as junior programs for golf and racquets.  In addition, there are group and individual lessons and clinics for golfers and racquets players of all ages.

The 4,050 square-foot Clubhouse and Terrace feature multiple dining venues that can accommodate up to 285 guests. The Dormie House is situated on the circular driveway with the Main Clubhouse and is the center of golf operations.  Overnight accommodations include a small cottage, two guest rooms in the Main Clubhouse and a small suite on the second floor of the Dormie House. Total gross revenues are $9.2 million; food and beverage revenue is $1.9 million, of which 52% is derived from private events. The Club has 474 members. The Creek employs 154 people during the height of the season and has 52 employees year round.

About the Position

The General Manager has full responsibility for all aspects of club operations, reporting to the Club President and Board of Governors. He/she will lead the management team, which includes the Assistant General Manager, Head of Golf, Head of Racquet Sports, Golf Course Superintendent, and Controller. The General Manager will also indirectly supervise all employees of the Club. He/she will interact with the membership, both through the Club’s committee structure and through daily contact. The General Manager will work with and through the management team to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the Club and that members and their guests receive consistent premier service and treatment across all departments and in all of the Club’s undertakings.  It is also expected that the General Manager will be involved with the development of new members.

About the Ideal Candidate

The new General Manager will be expected to have an affable personality and continue the Club’s established and honored traditions, maintaining the high standards of The Creek with gravitas and a sense of sophistication to command the respect of all constituencies.  While maintaining The Creek’s traditions, it will be important for the General Manager to understand and have the ability to implement the latest technologies in the club industry.  Only candidates with experience at a club with a similar culture and with excellent career progression and academics will be considered.

Candidates should have a minimum of ten years of progressively more responsible club management positions at a similar scale, highly regarded, private club (ideally golf-centric and multi-facility) leading in the direction of a General Manager or Chief Operating Officer position.

A college graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Hospitality Management or equivalent is required. Professional certifications (CHA, CCM, CCE) or similar professional development achievements are highly desired.

Apply for This Position

Interested candidates should complete the Club Management Candidate Profile Form and submit a compelling cover letter and resume for consideration. For further assistance or to recommend a candidate, please contact Dan Denehy or Kirk Reese at 203-319-8228 / 310-409-8957 or by email at Dan@denehyctp.com / Kirk@denehyctp.com.

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