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Oakland Hills Country Club | Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
General Manager/COO

About the Club

On October 17, 1916, Joseph Mack and Norvall Hawkins, executives at Ford Motor Company gathered 46 like-minded friends and associates at the Detroit Athletic Club to initiate the founding of Oakland Hills Country Club. Over the next several years 250 acres of land was purchased along Maple Drive in Bloomfield Hills Township. Shortly thereafter the Club commissioned the building of a Clubhouse designed in the spirit of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon which was completed in 1922. Its commodious design included overnight  sq. ft. interior showcases the Club’s heritage in golf while adding a fitness center and modern infrastructure.  Notably tennis and swimming were introduced in the 1920’s and remain integral to Oakland Hills’ family experience.

In 1921, famed architect Donald Ross was retained to design the golf courses.  After acquainting himself with the plot, he noted “The Lord intended tis property to be a golf course.” He then laid out two golf courses, North and South. Oakland Hills Country Club’s championship notoriety stems from its South Course.  This design was nicknamed “The Monster” by Ben Hogan after shooting 67 in the final round to win the 1951 US Open. Over its history, Oakland Hills Country Club hosted numerous Championships including six U.S. Opens, three PGA Championships, and the 2004 Ryder Cup. Most recently Oakland Hills hosted its second U.S.G.A. Men’s Amateur in 2016 as part of its centennial celebration.  Oakland Hills Country Club retained Gil Hanse to renovate the South Course late in 2020 and looks forward to future major championships in golf.

About the Position

The General Manager/ COO will report to the Board of Directors and will oversee an excellent staff of over 250 in season. The General Manager/ COO currently has twelve direct reports: Aquatics Director and Swim Coach, Controller, Director of Golf Services, Executive Assistant and Board Liaison, Human Resource Director, Executive Chef, Clubhouse Manager, Head Golf Professional, Director of Racquet Sports, Director of Agronomy, Chief of Engineering, and Locker Room Manager.

The Club is open year-round offering dining services and a fitness throughout and golf, paddle tennis, swimming and tennis seasonally.

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

About the Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will possess outstanding leadership and organizational skills, be a capable team builder and be proficient in fulfilling the duties of a General Manager and Chief Operating Officer.  Candidates must display a Midwest temperament and have a successful background in private club food and beverage and golf programming with experience in creating family centric involvement. As General Manager/COO, the successful candidate will have to create and execute the annual and intermediate business plans aligned within the framework of Oakland Hills Country Club’s strategic vision.

A four-year college degree and higher is preferred. Professional certifications CCM, CCE or similar professional development achievements are highly desired.

Apply for This Position

Interested candidates should complete the Club Management Candidate Form and submit with a compelling cover letter and resume for consideration. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Kirk Reese at 310.409.8957 or by email at Kirk@denehyctp.com or Alison Savona at 203.319.8228 or by email at Alison@denehyctp.com.

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