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About the Valhalla Golf Club:Valhalla Golf Club is a unique golf only facility featuring an 18-hole Championship golf course and newly renovated clubhouse. The Club facilities also feature an expansive 12.5-acre, double sided practice facility with two practice putting greens as well as two practice bunker/pitching greens. Valhalla is recognized as one of Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses”. Beginning in 1981, the original founder and developer of Valhalla, Dwight Gahm, started creating a traditional “golf-only” facility with an outstanding championship course that would host world- class events. Today, Valhalla is the culmination of a history-making partnership bringing championship golf to Louisville on a recurring schedule, resulting in The PGA of America's first owned championship site.Gahm commissioned Jack Nicklaus to build a private golf facility on 486 acres of rolling Kentucky terrain that would provide its members with the highest level of service. Valhalla Golf Club, located approximately 20 miles east of downtown Louisville, opened its doors in 1986. Named one of the top three new private golf courses in the U.S. in 1987, the first year it was eligible, Valhalla Golf Club remains the No. 1-ranked course in Kentucky.In 1992, Valhalla Golf Club was announced as the site for the 1996 PGA Championship. Valhalla Golf Club has all the ingredients necessary for a successful PGA Championship - a world-class golf course to challenge the best players in the world, a supportive community, a top-ranked convention destination with excellent transportation, housing and entertainment services, and a central location reaching several major metropolitan cities within a 150-mile radius. In the fall of 2011 Valhalla embarked on a project to modernize the course by overhauling the drainage, and irrigation infrastructure throughout the course. The major focus was on the green complexes, with Nicklaus rebuilding them form the ground up enhancing surface drainage and softening contours.Valhalla’s 17,500 square foot clubhouse, featuring a 45-foot Omega Clock Tower and a veranda overlooking the 18th green, opened in February 1996. The clubhouse underwent an extensive renovation that was completed in 2017 and modernized the inside while keeping the traditional Louisville design, that blends both Midwestern and Southern accents. The clubhouse features an expansive golf shop sales area generating nearly $900,000 in sales annually. The clubhouse renovation created a wonderful indoor golf experience with two trackman practice bays as well as a synthetic turf putting green.After the legendary 2000 PGA Championship, the PGA of America took full ownership of Valhalla and scheduled or played a number of championships, including the 2002 PGA Club Professional Championship (now the PGA Professional Championship), the 2004 and 2011 Senior PGA Championships, the 2008 Ryder Cup, the PGA Championship in August, 2014, the 2018 PGA Boys Junior PGA Championship and will be the host of the upcoming 2021 Girls Junior PGA Championship and the 2024 PGA Championship.
Join Our Championship Team
Valhalla Golf Club is searching to fill our Lead Assistant Golf Professional Position. We are looking for a motivated individual to help lead our team to deliver a world-class golf experience to the members and guests of Valhalla. Valhalla is entering an exciting time. We just completed a fairway, tee, and bunker renovation project and are preparing for the 2024 PGA Championship.
We at Valhalla are dedicated to providing an outstanding golf experience, consistently exceeding the expectations of our members and guests, an experience where warm and friendly service is provided with ease while making members and guests eager to return. To ensure that Valhalla is a place of enjoyment for those who work and play here. A club where each team member is eager to promote and grow the game of golf. A club where Championship golf is woven into the fabric of Valhalla Golf Club.
The Lead Assistant will manage our sizeable retail operation, schedule and manage staff, manage our golf clinics and private golf lessons. Valhalla is dedicated to providing an environment where an individual can gain experience with our operation while striving to maintain a healthy work-life balance for all team members.
Our leadership team of Head Professional Kyle Cramer and PGA General Manager Keith Reese take pride in mentoring and developing Assistant Golf Professionals to better themselves within the Golf Industry. While working at Valhalla, Assistant Golf Professionals will have the opportunity to network and connect with influential members and guests from around the country. The Assistant Golf Professionals are exposed to all aspects of the golf operation, and it is a priority to prepare our staff for their next step.
A welcoming nature that helps set the level of service for the operation
Ability to build relationships with the members and guests of Valhalla
Professional demeanor and ability to follow and enforce policies
Team player who can assist the Head Professional in leading the golf staff
Strong organizational and task management skills
Competitive base salary
Full benefits package (medical, dental, vision, short term disability, and life insurance)
Pension plan and 401k plan with Company match
Paid time off
Lunch provided Tuesday-Sunday
Staff deal with club manufacture
5-6 day work week, not 7 days
Staff will rotate full weekends off
Large staff to spread responsibilities and learning opportunities
Valhalla Golf Club History
Designed in 1986 by all-time major Champion Jack Nicklaus, Valhalla was made to host Major Championship events. Owned by Dwight Gahm and eventually sold to the PGA of America in 2000, it is Ranked No. 1 in Kentucky and among “America’s 100 Greatest Courses” by Golf Digest, Valhalla has hosted three PGA Championships; two Senior PGA Championships; and the 2008 Ryder Cup. This beautiful but challenging layout is where the 2008 US Ryder Cup team defeated the Europeans by 5 points, the most by the Americans since the 1981 Ryder Cup. Valhalla is also home to the dramatic finish in the dark at the 2014 PGA Championship, where Rory McIlroy came back from a three-shot deficit on the final nine holes to win the tournament.
Events held at Valhalla include:
1996 PGA Championship Mark Brooks
2000 PGA Championship Tiger Woods
2004 Senior PGA Championship Hale Irwin
2008 Ryder Cup USA (16.5-11.5)
2011 Senior PGA Championship Tom Watson
2014 PGA Championship Rory McIlroy
2024 PGA Championship