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Chevy Chase Club | Chevy Chase, Maryland
Director of Agronomy

About the Club

Chevy Chase Club was organized in the fall of 1892.  At the time, there was a good deal of sentiment in the city in favor of a country club where the growing interest in horses, sports and recreation could be pursued. The Club would also serve as a social center for members and their families well-removed from the turmoil of the growing city. The Club sits amidst the neighboring communities of Chevy Chase, Bethesda, and Friendship Heights in Maryland just north of the Washington DC line.

The game of golf was introduced with six holes at the Club in 1895, the same year the USGA was founded. The course expanded to 18 holes in 1898.

In 1909, Donald Ross laid out the new 18 hole course at Chevy Chase Club.  Several of his green’s sites are still in use today.  In 1921, C.H. Alison of the firm Colt, Mackenzie, and Alison was engaged to complete a major reconstruction of the course.  The course’s reconstruction involved almost every green and every hole and it was the origin of the basic design of the Chevy Chase course as it exists today.  More recently the golf course was renovated in 1996 by Arthur Hills.  In 2018, the Club engaged Jim Urbina to complete a course master plan with the intent to restore many of the classic C.H. Alison features that have slipped away over the years.

Chevy Chase Club’s parkland golf course is known as one of the best in Maryland and has hosted past tournaments including the 1908 US Women’s Open and 1934 Curtis Cup Matches. The course will host the upcoming Men’s Maryland State Amateur in June of 2019.  Other golf amenities include a recently completed indoor golf performance center, a full-service driving range, a short game area, caddie program and putting green.

The Golf Course Maintenance facilities are comprised of a complex including administrative offices, intern housing, staff break and dining room, equipment maintenance bays and equipment storage.  Bulk material storage is accessed from a separate driveway and centrally located in the middle of the property.  The course plays from 5,103 yards to 6,918 yards with par of 70.

Additional facilities include 17 outdoor tennis courts, four indoor tennis courts, seven paddle tennis courts, a fitness facility, three swimming pools, eight lanes of duckpin bowling, an outdoor ice rink, an historic 18-room guest house, a nature trail and greenhouses support the activities of the Club’s esteemed membership. Food and beverage facilities include two clubhouse dining rooms, full banquet facilities, two seasonal sports canteens and a casual dining Winter Center.

Chevy Chase Club is governed by a 15-member Board of Governors and operates under the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer Concept. The Director of Agronomy reports directly to the General Manager and COO.  The Garden and Grounds Superintendent oversees a separate department which supports the attractive plantings and formal gardens bordering the golf course and is a peer relationship. Golf Course Manager, Dean Graves, CGCS is retiring in June of 2019 after 19 years of commendable service.

The course is parkland style and features bentgrass fairways, greens and tees. A combination of common Bermuda, Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass comprises the primary rough.  A nature trail meanders the perimeter featuring native flora and fauna.  Thirty-three acres of the Club property sits in a forest conservation easement.  Water is supplied through a combination of the local utility and run off into an irrigation pond with over 8.2 million gallons of storage.  A brook and the pond come into play through several holes. The 191-acre property (140 acres maintained) is hidden from surrounding communities through ample forestation and plantings yet the interior views across the course up to the Clubhouse proper are spectacular.

Climate wise, the Chevy Chase Club is in the northern part of the humid subtropical zone. Winters are usually chilly with light snow, and summers are hot and humid. Chevy Chase Club is in plant hardiness zone 7b.  Spring and fall are mild to warm, while winter is chilly Winter temperatures average around 38 °F (3 °C) from mid-December to mid-February.  Summers are hot and humid with a July daily average of 79.8 °F (26.6 °C) and average daily relative humidity around 66%. The combination of heat and humidity in the summer brings frequent thunderstorms.

Chevy Chase Club has on average 200 sunny days per year with 77 days of precipitation.  Precipitation occurs throughout the year in the form of rain (43 inches annually) and snow (14 inches annually).  Average highs in July are upper 80’s.  Average lows in February are low 20’s.  During a typical year, the city averages about 37 days at or above 90 °F (32 °C) and 64 nights at or below 32 °F (0 °C). On average, the first day at or below 32 °F (0 °C) is November 18 and the last day is March 27.

Chevy Chase Club is open seven days per week year-round. The Club restricts aspects of the facilities on Mondays. On Mondays, the golf course opens at 2:00 pm from April to November and at noon during the rest of the year.

About the Position

The Director of Agronomy reports solely to the General Manager and COO under the General Manager and COO concept.   The Director of Agronomy interfaces with the Green Committee. The Director of Agronomy performs all duties necessary in the proper management and control of the golf course operations and turfgrass maintenance. The Director of Agronomy is responsible for managing all agronomic aspects of Chevy Chase Club and delivering championship playing conditions on the course on a daily basis.

Compensation:  The Club will offer a competitive compensation plan, along with standard benefits.

About the Ideal Candidate

Ideal candidates will have been established Golf Course Superintendents, Directors of Agronomy and Golf Course Managers with a track record of leading highly regarded private clubs or golf resorts with a history of providing the highest standards of conditioning on their golf course. Candidates managing in transition zones are desirable as are candidates successfully cultivating predominantly bentgrass courses.

The Director of Agronomy must be articulate and polished and capable of interfacing with a highly esteemed membership on a daily basis.  A humanistic, creative and involved leader who is highly personable to engage with the sophisticated membership and can direct, coordinate and control all facets of a premier full service, high-end private club in a distinctly urban environment. The successful candidate will have proven experience and success leading and managing all facets of golf maintenance operations and ensuring a capable and a talented team to support them.

Candidates should be a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Turfgrass Science or Horticulture from an accredited college or university. GCSAA’s Certified Golf Course Superintendant (CGCS) or similar professional development achievements are desired.

Apply for This Position

Interested candidates should complete the Superintendent Candidate Form and submit a compelling cover letter and resume for consideration to newsubmissions@denehyctp.com. Please include Chevy Chase Club: Director of Agronomy in the subject line.

For additional assistance or to recommend a candidate, please contact Kirk Reese at 310.409.8957 or by email at Kirk@denehyctp.com.

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