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Colonial Country Club | Fort Worth, Texas
General Manager/COO

About the Club
Founded in 1936, Colonial Country Club was created by founder, Marvin Leonard. Mr. Leonard hired John Bredemus and Perry Maxwell to design the course the Club opened in January of 1936 with 100 Fort Worth residents each providing a security deposit of $50. In the late 1930’s, Mr. Leonard lobbied the United States Golf Association to host the U.S. Open at the Club and in 1941, he succeeded. The tournament was won by Craig Woods, who was also the winner of the Masters Tournament that year. In 1942, the Club was sold to the members.  The Club boasts the longest running annual non-major PGA tour event at any one location which carries the title sponsor’s name, the Charles Schwab Challenge. Currently the Club is in the 2nd year of a four plus one contract with the title sponsor.  Contested from 1946, the tournament was won by legendary Fort Worth resident Ben Hogan five times. Mr. Hogan’s legacy is well represented in the facility with an honorary office, his trophy room and his statue, which presides over the view of the 18th hole from the Clubhouse.  Today, Colonial Country Club is a family friendly Club that offers over 1,380 members access to the internationally renowned golf course with an exceptional driving range and practice facilities, 13 tennis courts, three pickleball courts, a newly constructed Tennis Pavilion featuring a 16 seat café and Tennis Pro Shop, a new 4,250 square-foot fitness facility by the resort style pool complex offers a café, diving well, junior Olympic size swimming pool as well as play/wading area for younger children.  The upstairs Terrace Grill dining space is recently renovated to offer adults an upscale yet casual dining experience, while other family dining options at lunch and dinner are available on the lower level with views over the golf course.

About the Position 
The General Manager and Chief Operating Officer (“GM/COO”) is responsible for driving all Club operations in pursuit of excellence at Colonial Country Club, consistent with the strategic direction and policies established with the Board of Governors.  Reporting to the Board of Governors President, the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer is responsible for driving the business plan for the Club both short term and strategically. The GM/COO will oversee senior management and control of club operations to attain the agreed upon levels of excellence consistent with desired financial results. This includes partnering with and directing the Executive team and Controller to establish the Club’s annual business plan, and corresponding operating and capital budgets, subject to approval by the Board of Governors. It also includes oversight and coordination of staff for the Charles Schwab Challenge PGA Tournament. He or she is expected to coordinate and direct all management functions of the Club and work in concert with committee chairs to assist them with development of policies, programs, and events. The Chief Operating Officer will consult with the President, the Board, and/or committee chairs as appropriate on matters of significance to the Club and with the Tournament Committee on matters relating to the PGA tournament. He or she will be responsible for assisting development of the strategic planning process ensuring the future course of the Club while aligning the current business model to future goals.

About the Ideal Candidate
A qualified candidate will have a minimum of eight years of progressively more responsible private club management positions leading up to a Chief Operating position at a Club of similar scale, amenities and culture as Colonial Country Club. He or she must have a professional career “track record” of achievement and employment stability as well as experience in leading the operations of a family friendly club and its related activities and sporting amenities. The candidate must have a strong financial understanding based in experience and relative to club operations; experience in building and expertly managing budgets and expenses as resources for a successful long-term business plan and managing debt. Additionally, he or she will have excellent knowledge of F&B, with a track record in shaping and promoting dining programming that reflects both traditional needs and current trends that connects with the membership. The ideal candidate will have overseen significant capital improvement projects while managing expectations of members through construction.  He or she will have a record of success in the selection, development, training and motivation of accomplished, service-oriented staff in a private club environment. The candidate should have experience as an active and effective leader in the boardroom and in a committee system and has successfully upgraded their organization’s Club technology.  Ideally, the qualified candidate has enhanced member communications and member/staff access to information through website, apps and other relevant tools.

Apply for This Position
Interested candidates should complete the online candidate profile form and submit a compelling cover letter and resume for consideration to DENEHY Club Thinking Partners at http://denehyctp.com/apply-for-a-position/. If you have any questions or to recommend a candidate, please contact Kirk Reese at 310-409-8957 or by email at kirk@denehyctp.com or Karen Alexander at 203.319.8228 or by email at karen@denehyctp.com.

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