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Shooting Star | Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Director of Golf

About the Club
Shooting Star, at the base of the legendary Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (arguably the best ski mountain in North America), is located at one of the most beautiful places on earth. Teton County, currently the wealthiest county in the United States, is home to some of the best climbing, fly fishing and big mountain skiing in North America. Ski Magazine rates the resort as #1 in challenge; Powder Magazine rates Jackson as the second-best place in America to live a mountain lifestyle. The vast majority (over 97%) of Teton County is public land contained within Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Bridger-Teton and Targhee National Forests and the National Elk Refugee.

Founded in 2009, Shooting Star has been acknowledged as one of the finest private clubs constructed in recent time with its 18-hole, par 72 Tom Fazio designed golf course and Hart/Howerton designed clubhouse. In 2021, it was rated as the eleventh Best Residential Golf Course in the United States by Golfweek and recently is a Platinum Club of America. The course measures 7568 yards and hosts 11,000 rounds annually. Built on fourth generation ranchland, Fazio moved two million cubic yards of dirt and planted 2,500 trees. The 40,000 sq. ft. clubhouse was constructed with the finest finishes and materials and offers a world class spa and fitness center, board room/ private dining room and member social areas. The locker rooms and support areas are five-star quality. The hub of larger social events is the Alpine Barn which provides ski lockers and separate ski storage.

Shooting Star opened in July of 2009 and is currently full with 345 golf members and 80 social members. Shooting Star is open year-round, six days a week with varying hours of operation from mid-May to mid-October and late November to mid-April. Gross revenue exceeds $15 million with Food & Beverage accounting for $1.6 million. There are 113 staff members at the height of season and a total of 465 memberships today. The DOG is very involved with driving this year-round operation given the very active Nordic skiing center which offers a state-of-the-art golf simulators and social enclave, 16 kilometers of Nordic skiing, lessons, equipment, and support services. Total golf and Nordic operations revenue which is under the leadership of the DOG is over $2,000,000.

About the Position
The Director of Golf will oversee all fiscal responsibilities and performance for the golf and Nordic operations including planning, budgeting, monitoring and corrective leadership.  A key function of this role will be to develop strategies, golf events and golf programs to continue the excellence the prior DOG created.  During the ski season, the DOG manages the Nordic skiing services, related retail operations, equipment rental and lesson program.  He/she will also interface with the Golf Course Superintendent to maintain the 13 km of Nordic terrain.  The Club has earned PGA Merchandiser of the Year in the Rocky Mountain Section several times and received national acknowledgements for merchandising excellence.

This Director of Golf reports to the General Manager and will lead the golf department staff including the golf professionals, pro shop staff and outside services.  He/she will oversee all golf shop and outside services operations and is responsible for ensuring that all members and guests receive outstanding customer service.   Shooting Star is family owned and has an advisory board and no committees.

About the Ideal Candidate
The Director of Golf is a year-round position and requires a PGA Professional who is an expert in staff recruitment, retention, and experience in shaping the golf experience for both a very committed local membership as well as a national membership.  The successful candidate will be a sophisticated leader and highly personable to engage with the sophisticated membership and to support the General Manager and the balance of the leadership team.  He/she must have effective organization and communication skills with proven success in recruiting, developing, and retaining an outstanding professional staff.

The Director of Golf must be highly visible to the membership and have demonstrated experience in shaping programs that engage and entertain the membership who are well traveled and accustomed to very special golf and leisure activities.  Ideal candidates will be experts in the game and business of golf and ideally have experience in winter sports management.  He/she must demonstrate a passion for living a multi season lifestyle like Jackson offers.   Candidates with competitive skiing or ski industry experience while not directly critical to the role would be particularly interesting.   Traditional club pros from member owned clubs in traditional markets, we expect, will be usurped by talent coming from exclusive resorts and mountain communities.

Apply for This Position
Interested candidates should complete the Golf Candidate 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 Dan Denehy or Barbara McAuliffe at 203.319.8228 or by email: dan@denehyctp.com or barbara@denehyctp.com.

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