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The Oaks Club | Osprey, Florida

About the Club
Founded in 1985, The Oaks Club is a private, member-owned gated club situated on over a thousand acres just south of beautiful downtown Sarasota, in Osprey, Florida. Members of the Club enjoy access to the Arthur Hills designed Eagle Course and the Fry/Straka designed and recently revitalized Heron Course, both enjoyable for all ages and skill levels. Additionally, the Club boasts a robust racquets program and viewing facility, croquet, bocce, WellFit center, formal and informal dining spaces, beautifully appointed main clubhouse, and a vibrant and varied social calendar. Known for cultivating an active and healthy lifestyle, The Oaks Club fosters a club culture of community and lifelong friendships in a relaxed atmosphere of understated elegance.

The Oaks Club has earned the Platinum Club of America and Distinguished Clubs designations as well as being an Audubon International Certified Cooperative Sanctuary for Golf and recognized as one of America’s Heathiest Clubs. The Club is a frequent host to a variety of regional and national tennis tournaments, among the most notable, seven-time host to the celebrated USTA Women’s Pro Circuit event. The more recent fitness expansion to the Club, the WellFit Center was built in 2017 and offers an extensive array of cardio, strength training, group exercise rooms, and massage and physical therapy facilities. The Club is in the process of gaining approval for a number of capital improvement projects including an expansion of casual dining options.

The Club is operational year-round except for two weeks in August when the Clubhouse is closed for maintenance. Gross revenue is $13.4 million with Food & Beverage accounting for $2.4 million. There are 130 staff members at the height of season and a total of 900 memberships today.

About the Position
Reporting to the Club President, the General Manager/COO will lead a senior management team that includes the Directors of Clubhouse Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Membership & Marketing, Golf, Greens & Grounds, Racquets, Fitness, and the Executive Chef. The General Manager/COO will coordinate all management functions of the Club, ensure financial discipline, and partner with the Board of Governors on strategic planning and ensuring a best practice governance and communications environment. As an expert and student of the private club industry, the General Manager/COO will lead with the President, the Board, and/or committee chairs as appropriate on matters of significance to the Club and will be expected to provide meaningful input and perspective regarding key issues, the competitive environment, industry trends, capital projects guidance, all to ensure the Club’s long-term sustainability and growth. The General Manager/COO will provide cohesiveness to the senior management team, bringing this enthusiastic and committed group together toward a common vision of an excellent member experience. As the Club has plans to improve indoor and outdoor dining areas in the very near future, the General Manager/COO will play an integral role in driving these and other future capital initiatives forward along with overseeing their completion. This individual will also ensure the successful hire and onboarding of the Club’s new Director of Golf.
Compensation: The Club will offer a competitive compensation plan, along with standard benefits.

About the Ideal Candidate
The ideal Candidate will be an experienced private country club General Manager or COO with experience at similar size and scale operations, possessing exceptional leadership skills and a strategic and business-minded headset. Key to the success of this position is a visibility and outgoing personality to build meaningful relations with the membership, roughly 60% of which are present in the community/club on a year-round basis. The General Manager/COO must demonstrate the ability to take ownership of the operation with accountability and energy. Ideal candidates will have a track record of leading thriving Food & Beverage operations and creative programming, yet also have general knowledge of all other club departments and sports areas to ensure excellent cross-departmental operations and a consistent high-quality service experience throughout the campus. Critical to success is the ability to expertly navigate the Boardroom and committee system, providing industry expertise and creative solutions while leading from the front along the way. The next General Manager/COO of The Oaks Club will be forward thinking and forward acting, have effective communication skills, possess a coach-like and humanistic style of leadership, be experienced in capital project planning and execution, and have excellent follow up and follow through in all he/she does.

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 If you have any questions or to recommend a candidate, please contact Craig Martin at 561-662-4379/ or Alison Savona at 203.319.8228/