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The Olympic Club | San Francisco, California
Director of Golf

About the Club

The Olympic Club enjoys the distinction of being America’s oldest athletic club and the west coast powerhouse in amateur sports.  Established in 1860, the Club is home to many local, regional, national, and international champions and has hosted the U.S. Open Golf Championship five times on the Lake Course. Most recently, the Club hosted the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open Championship and will host the 2025 U.S. Amateur, 2028 PGA Championship, and the 2033 Ryder Cup. Members compete in over 19 organized sports and enjoy two historic clubhouses in San Francisco: the City Club, near Union Square, and Lakeside, tangent to the Pacific Ocean.

The Club has a total of 11,100 members of which 1,000 have full golf privileges. There is a 10-year waiting period for full golf privileges. The balance of members have limited access to the golf course subject to an explicit reservation policy. The golf course is open year-round, six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday. The Club reached a record 100,000 golf rounds between the three courses in 2021. Annual cart and greens fee revenue is approximately $4.7 million, and gross merchandise sales are approximately $2.5 million. The year-round golf staff is comprised of 50 employees.

The City Clubhouse is located at 524 Post Street in San Francisco and is host to over 500 member social and athletic events annually. Members enjoy the benefits of over 250,000 sq. feet of athletic and dining facilities, guest rooms, amenities and services including two indoor swimming pools, handball, and squash courts, two gymnasiums, exercise studios, cutting-edge fitness equipment, locker rooms, steam room, sauna, hot tub, indoor running track, massage, a barber, and a retail outlet.

Lakeside is located at 599 Skyline Boulevard and borders Daly City and San Francisco. Members enjoy two 18-hole golf courses, The Lake Course and The Ocean Course, and one 9-hole executive course, The Cliffs Course. Golf related amenities include a driving range, club storage facility, golf instruction and a golf shop. The Lakeside Clubhouse, overlooking the golf courses, offers member dining and banquet facilities, locker rooms, barber shop, a fitness center, and lap pool. In addition to golf, Lakeside offers members a spectacular tennis facility with eight lighted courts, including two clay courts, a tennis clubhouse and tennis shop.

The Olympic Club’s Executive Team has embraced a “One Club” culture to ensure synergy and collaboration between the two club locations and is guided by the Club’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

About the Position

The Director of Golf provides executive leadership and operational direction for all elements of golf operations to preserve and improve upon The Olympic Club’s reputation as an iconic and premier member and golf experience that serves both a large and diverse membership. He/she develops and implements an annual business plan, budget, and organizational structure for golf operations to meet or exceed expectations and goals established by the General Manager/COO.

The Director of Golf is responsible for activities and outcomes including not only day-to-day operations, but future consideration for long term planning and hiring, mentoring, and developing a high performing golf staff. He/she provides direction, clarity of responsibility, and professional guidance over golf programming, services, events, and amenities while empowering and holding the staff accountable. He/she ensures collaboration between the golf staff and all departments at both club locations to ensure a steady flow and exchange of communication, support, and information so to better serve the entire membership.

About the Ideal Candidate

A PGA Professional who can oversee all administrative, fiscal responsibilities, corrective management, and performance criteria for the golf operations. Candidates must demonstrate an overriding sense of quality awareness relating to every part of golf operations: merchandising, tournaments, events, lessons, clinics, and junior programs. This includes a high quality, courteous, well-trained, and efficient staff.

Ideal candidates will be PGA certified professionals with a minimum of ten years or more of professional golf management experience with a minimum of four years as a Head Golf Professional at a respected, full-service, multi-course private country club or high-end resort. Experience and demonstrable accomplishments in delivering a premier private club golf experience to a large and diverse membership in a private club or resort environment is highly desired.

An engaging and approachable leader with executive gravitas who is committed to results and fostering a member-focused service culture among a large and diverse membership. A forward-thinker who will be mindful and respectful to Club’s culture and traditions and capable of dynamic and strategic thinking offering creative and innovative ideas and options for successful golf programming and services based on personal experience, industry trends, and best practices.

Candidates must demonstrate an open collaborative management style focused on the organization’s success as a whole.

Apply for This Position

Interested candidates should complete the Golf Professional Form (not the Club Management form) and email with a resume and a compelling cover letter to newsubmissions@denehyctp.com with the subject line: The Olympic Club – Director of Golf.  Cover letters should be addressed to:

Mr. Dan Denehy
President
DENEHY Club Thinking Partners
501 Kings Highway East, Suite 300
Fairfield, CT 06825

If you have any questions or to recommend a candidate, please contact Dan Denehy, Bob James or Barb McAuliffe at 203.319.8228 or by email: barbara@denehyctp.com.

All employment offers are pending satisfactory results from a background investigation and pre-employment drug testing. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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