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About Blessings Golf Club: At the heart of Blessings Golf Club (#1 Best in State by Top 100 golf courses) is an environment designed to promote a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy time with family and friends, complimented by great golf. The course was designed with the goal of testing championship golfers on every shot. The Club is the home to the University of Arkansas Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams and was the host site for the Men’s and Women’s 2019 NCAA Division I Golf Championships, the 2020 Southern Junior and the annual Blessings Collegiate Invitational televised by Golf Channel. The impeccably maintained course stretches to over 7,900 yards from the back tees and plays through two distinct landforms-the Clear Creek floodplain and a plateau that rises to 65 feet above the floodplain where it is bisected by a series of ravines. Both the outward and inward nines climb up and down between the two topographies, creating drama and variety on each hole. The course was originally designed by architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. with a redesign recently completed by noted architect Kyle Phillips. The extensive practice areas are unrivaled and provide both indoor and outdoor facilities. The Indoor Short Game Practice and Fitness Facility includes a 9,000 square foot short game practice area with a 3,000 square foot putting and chipping green designed by Dave Pelz. The facility also provides a state-of-the-art 2,000 square foot fitness facility. The Razorback Center houses five indoor hitting bays and one private teaching bay with video analysis equipment. The building also includes locker facilities and a break room for the University of Arkansas golf teams. The outdoor practice areas feature a range with multiple teeing areas and numerous range targets to allow realistic practice sessions. The short game facilities include several bentgrass putting and short game greens as well as a bermudagrass green. A separate three-acre short game practice area features practice greens that are 4,500 and 16,000 square feet in size, sand bunkers and a putting green. The clubhouse, a Marlon Blackwell design, has won numerous awards including recognition by Architectural Digest as one of the top golf clubhouses in the world. Amenities include a well-appointed golf shop, locker facilities, multiple dining venues and a pool.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To: Head Golf Professional
The Assistant Golf Professional provides a welcoming atmosphere for members and their guests, consistent with the standards of Blessings Golf Club.
• Promotes an environment of hospitality throughout the Club.
• Monitors golf course and all practice areas to ensure standards are upheld.
• Plays golf with members regularly and creates professional relationships.
• Assists in the creation of lesson plans and provides both individual and group instruction.
• Prepares for all golf events including coordinating scorecards, cart labels, rules sheets, score sheets, format sheets, favors, pairing sheets and hole assignments.
• Maintains a clean, orderly, and well-stocked golf shop. Assists Head Golf Professional with procurement of merchandise and shop assistants with merchandising and sales.
• Reconciles daily tee sheets, performs check-in, and receives payments from members and guests. Resolves discrepancies as it applies to duplicate charges and over or under payment.
• Promotes all Club golf activities.
• Monitors all members’ scores, reports handicapping to USGA and bills members.
• Follows established opening and closing procedures.
• Supervises Outside Staff and assists with associate training.
• Incorporates safe work practices in job performance.
• Regular and reliable attendance.
• Performs other duties as required.
Regularly stands, walks and sits. Occasionally climbs or balances; stoops, kneels, crawls or crouches. Frequently uses hands; reaches with hands and arms. Frequently talks or hears, tastes or smells. Occasionally lifts up to 50 pounds.
This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an associate in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.
Exceptional service and interpersonal skills required along with verifiable expertise as a golf professional. College degree and private club experience preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
PGA/LPGA Member (Class A status) or equivalent preferred.
Job Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Preferences:
• Ability to read and speak English is required to perform the duties of the job (e.g., the associates are required to communicate with English speaking customers or co-workers, the manuals for the equipment the associates may use are in English).
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
• Experience with computerized POS system.
General Manager: Richard Cromwell, General Manager/COO (CCM, PGA, CMCA)
Richard Cromwell is an accomplished professional with a strong commitment to excellence and an established track record of success in the field of golf and club operations. Throughout his career, he has been affiliated with quality-focused facilities, including The Woodlands C.C., River Oaks C.C., Kingsmill Resort and Club, The Country Club of Virginia, and Blessings Golf Club. He is a Certified Club Manager (CCM), Certified PGA Professional, and Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA).
Richard started his career playing golf professionally after being recognized as a two-time All-American at Texas A&M University. He played the PGA Tour, PGA European Tour, and Asian Tour. These experiences afforded him the opportunity to work with many of the top instructors in the game and to compete in many top-level events. He gained a valuable frame of reference which he has found beneficial when instructing others and administering significant events.
Richard has a strong commitment to professional development, industry involvement, and community outreach. He led the Virginia Golf Council (a partnership of the allied club and golf associations in Virginia), served on leadership committees with the PGA, served as a board member and officer for the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) of Virginia and served as an officer and President of the Virginias Club Managers Association (CMAA).