Golf Course Superintendent
Wanakah Country Club
About the Club: Wanakah Country Club was founded in 1899, and is one of the oldest country clubs in
Western New York. The club is located just fifteen minutes south of downtown Buffalo. The club is
currently open ten months of the year and is very active in the summer months. Wanakah is a family
oriented club that has a beautiful 18 hole golf course, three har-tru tennis courts, two swimming pools,
and a charming clubhouse that sits atop a hill overlooking Lake Erie offering several dining options.
The original golf course designed in 1900 was a nine hole track that was transformed into 18 holes in
1913. In 1925 renowned architect Willie Watson came in and redesigned the 18 hole golf course, which
still holds that layout today. In 2010 the Club adopted a Golf Course Master Plan designed by Arthur
Hills and Chris Wilczynski, which will be complete in the spring of 2018. This 2.4 million dollar project
has improved drainage throughout the course, rebuilt and reshaped all bunkers, rebuilt several tees, added
new bunkers and tees, and has enhanced the overall design and playability of the course. In 2018 the Club
will host the New York State Golf Association Mid- Am Championship, and has already been asked to
host the New York State Amateur Championship in 2024. The Club has a very busy golf calendar from
early May through early October, hosting a wide range of golf events.
Mission Statement: Wanakah is a private country club on the shore of Lake Erie, dedicated to providing
premier facilities and service to its members, their families and guests; promoting camaraderie and
memorable experiences, while maintaining the legacy of our historic golf course and traditions.
Vision Statement: Wanakah will remain amongst the finest private clubs in Western New York.
Will report directly to the GM/COO and work closely with the Grounds Committee Chairman
and Head Golf Professional.
Is responsible for all Club grounds and will ensure the highest standards are maintained.
To supervise the direct maintenance of the golf course, grounds, and tennis courts.
To frequently inspect the golf courses and grounds to ensure that all established standards and
member expectations relating to the daily playing conditions are being met.
To prepare an annual operations and capital budget for the Grounds Department to be submitted
to the GM/COO, and to maintain the grounds within the limits of the approved budget.
To keep accurate records of equipment, its maintenance, purchases, replacement, budget records,
weather, fertilizer, chemical applications and a daily journal of course maintenance activities.
To hire, staff, train, supervise, evaluate, and terminate, if necessary, all employees within the
Grounds Department, and to coordinate such activities with the GM/COO.
To use sound maintenance techniques, and to strive to continually improve and upgrade course
conditions being sensitive to interference with play.
To work with and coordinate maintenance activities with the GM/COO, Grounds Committee, and
Head Golf Professional regarding any events and/or maintenance procedures that may affect
To maintain all parking areas, roadways, and paths in clean and serviceable condition.
To supervise and coordinate horticultural activities, oversee the design, installation, and
maintenance of all landscaping activities.
To supervise the maintenance and care of all grounds buildings and equipment.
A degree in Turfgrass Management or related field of study is required.
GCSAA Certification is preferred.
New York Pesticide License (must be able to obtain within first year)
Knowledgeable using Rainbird Irrigation Cirrus Program.
Position Characteristics & Qualifications:
Dedicated to making Western New York home for the foreseeable future. The current
superintendent has been in this role for 30 years, and will be retiring this year.
The ideal candidate must articulate a professional demeanor at all times, and have outstanding
This proven leader must be self-motivated, trustworthy, dedicated, creative, energetic, and
A leader by example, that is willing to be involved with daily maintenance.
Strong observational skills with an attention to detail are a must.
General computer skills are necessary.
2-3 years as a superintendent or first assistant at a reputable country / golf club with a strong
agronomic background and experience managing Poa/bent putting greens.
High level of knowledge and appreciation for the game of golf.
13,000 rounds per year (84% carts)
Poa / Bent Greens
Average daily green speed 11’
4 year round employees, 20-25 seasonal employees
$850,000 Average Annual Grounds Operating Budget
Chris Wilczynski, ASGCA – Current Course Architect
Compensation and Benefits: Compensation will include a competitive salary commensurate with
experience, bonus potential based on annual goals and objectives. Benefits include: PTO, attractive health
insurance package, matching 401 k, GCSAA dues and conference fees, monthly allowance, meals, and
Please e-mail or mail cover letter and resume by February 5, 2018 to:
Michael Karnath, CCM
General Manager / COO
Wanakah Country Club
5161 Lake Shore Rd
Hamburg, NY 14075
No Phone Calls Please