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GreatHorse | Hampden, Massachusetts
Director of Golf Instruction

About the Club
GreatHorse is a family-owned and extremely high-end, private full-service country club located in Hampden, Massachusetts near Springfield, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut. This premier property opened in June 2015 after an expansive rebuild of the golf course and construction of a 30,000 sq.ft. clubhouse that sits high on a ridge facing west toward the Berkshires. The Club currently has 567 members of which 259 have full privileges. The average age of the membership is 45 years old.

The par 72, 18-hole championship golf course designed by the notable golf course architect, Brian Silva, hosts approximately 13,500 rounds annually and features more than 200 bunkers and five sets of tees (4,953 yards to 7,522); the rating/slope is 77.8/140 from 7,522-yard tees. Golf amenities for club fitting and instruction include an indoor golf facility with two hitting bays equipped with TrackMan and Sam Putt Lab equipment, a three-season driving range with covered hitting bays and 13 short game bunkers, and a 10,000 sq.ft. putting green and short game practice area with three playable target greens and numerous bunkers.

Additional club amenities include a tennis hut, tennis courts, platform tennis courts, an ice rink, a basketball court, an outdoor pool with cabanas, a fitness center, five guest rooms, private event space, spa service, concierge services, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a veranda offering scenic views of the golf course and Berkshire mountains. Dining outlets include a main dining room, outdoor veranda and a bar and lounge area. Separate from the clubhouse is Starting Gate, a public events facility.

In 2016, GreatHorse hosted a USGA 4-Ball Qualifier, the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts Amateur Championship, and the GreatHorse Travelers ProAm held in conjunction with that PGA Tour event, The Travelers Championship. Events in 2017 included the 2017 Massachusetts Open Qualifier and the 2nd GreatHorse Travelers ProAm. The Massachusetts Open was held at GreatHorse in 2018. In 2019, the Club hosted the New England Women’s Amateur and this past year, the Club hosted the 2022 Francis Ouimet Amateur. Future events at the Club will include Massachusetts Junior Amateur in 2023, The New England Junior Amateur in 2024, and The Massachusetts Amateur in 2025.

The Club is open year-round; the golf course is open weather permitting from approximately April to November.

About the Position
The Director of Instruction will manage, oversee, and direct golf instruction and player development programming for GreatHorse. He/she will provide outstanding, hospitality-driven service and is responsible for creating an atmosphere of learning and continuous improvement to foster and maintain interest and enthusiasm among all member and player segments at GreatHorse.

The Director of Instruction is considered part of the golf staff and is expected to perform other professional duties when needed and as requested.

The Club will consider candidates to work seasonally from mid-April to October or year-round and staff housing is available for this position.

About the Ideal Candidate
Ideal candidates are engaging and approachable golf professionals who are well-received and accessible to a wide range of members with varying dispositions and playing skills.

Candidates should be PGA Class “A” certified with experience and success in player development programs and instruction. This experience should have been achieved largely at a respected, full service, country club delivering a premier golf instruction experience. Candidates must also demonstrate expertise in and passion for best practices and current trends in golf instruction and player development initiatives.

Apply for This Position
Interested candidates should complete the online golf professional profile form (not the club management form) and submit a compelling cover letter and resume for consideration to with the subject line: GreatHorse – Director of Instruction. Please contact Barb McAuliffe at 203.319.8228 or by email with any questions or candidate recommendations. Cover letters should be addressed to:

Ms. Barbara McAuliffe
Senior Consultant
DENEHY Club Thinking Partners
501 Kings Highway East, Suite 300
Fairfield, CT 06825