General Manager – Toowoomba Golf Club, Middle Ridge

The Board of Directors of Toowoomba Golf Club, Middle Ridge seek applicants for the role of full time Manager.  The manager will be responsible for the effective and efficient management of all aspects of the Club’s activities and human resource requirements. 

Reporting to the President and the Club’s Board of Directors the successful applicant will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Club, ensuring outstanding service to members and guests.

We are looking for a motivated passionate professional to lead a team of dedicated course, bar and pro shop staff and enable this club to reach its true potential. We are looking for a self motivated, friendly and community minded manager to continue to help us grow.

The key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Initialise club promotions for both members and guests and build the business utilising sustainable initiatives
  • Lead a team by example
  • Identify sponsorship and grant funding opportunities
  • Drive cost effective marketing of the club including digital marketing and social media
  • Develop marketing and business plans
  • Ensuring the smooth running of the food and beverage and gaming area
  • Liaising with the community to build the reputation of the club
  • Grow the Club’s membership base
  • Manage the approved budgets
  • Challenge traditional club activity to attract members and culture

Personal Attributes:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Highly motivated
  • Demonstrate previous experience working in a club atmosphere
  • Competent in business management and have strong financial acumen.
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent people management and planning skills.
  • Leadership qualities.
  • Outstanding customer service standards
  • Ability to multi-task and manage time effectively.
  • Responsible Manager of Licenced Venue (RMLV) Certificate and current Approved Managers Licence
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and Responsible Gaming Service (RSG) Certificates
  • Golf industry knowledge not absolutely necessary

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leadership and Management control of all Club personnel and contractors.
  • Assist with the effective operation of the Club’s Board of Directors and associated sub committees.
  • Provide overall management control of the Club’s financial and general operations.
  • Maintain a productive, safe and motivated work force.
  • Implement effective performance management
  • Implementation of the business and marketing plan.
  • Provide leadership to the Board of Directors to review and implement a new strategic plan.
  • Excellent communication skills able to develop and maintain effective relationships at all levels, including staff, members, customers and suppliers.

If you are a self-motivated individual who is looking for a challenge, please apply. All applications will be treated in strict confidence and only those applicants who are short listed will be contacted.

Please email your resume to

Applications close Wednesday, 11th January 2018.

Food & Beverage Manager – Avondale Golf Club

A rare opportunity to lead and develop the service delivery team of a prestigious private golf club on the Upper North Shore of Sydney.

  • Amazing setting and surroundings
  • Extensively refurbished clubhouse with new dining and bar areas
  • Offering a unique opportunity to be part of something very special

About the Company

A highly regarded private golf club located on the upper north shore of Sydney boasts a heritage listed clubhouse with excellent food and beverage facilities for the members and their guests. Presently undergoing a significant renovation which is due to be completed in early 2018 which will boast fantastic extended dining facilities for the members. We are looking for a career focused food and beverage professional to manage the transformation and ongoing success of the food and beverage department.

About the role

As Food and Beverage Manager you will play an integral role within the club being responsible for the food and beverage operations and delivery of service across all outlets. Managing a medium sized team you will guide and develop your team to ensure outstanding service is achieved and maintained throughout the food and beverage department. Essentially the position is responsible for the day to day operations of the department ensuring financial targets are met.

Skills and experience

We are looking for a sincere and passionate hospitality professional with a strong background in leadership, training and experience in managing a high end food and beverage operation. This is a very strategic role for the club therefore we are looking for a senior candidate who is committed to managing a team whilst managing and exceeding service expectations.


  • Work within a unique and natural setting.
  • Be a part of something very special.
  • Opportunity to initiate change and create something with the wow factor
  • Be rewarded with a generous remuneration package.

To apply please email Paul Paterson, CEO, on

General Manager – Goonawarra Golf Club

Goonawarra Golf Club is situated in the historic town of Sunbury Victoria, has close to 700 playing members and comprises a Tony Cashmore designed, par 72 championship golf course. With spectacular views overlooking Sunbury’s famous vineyards and the Rupertswood Mansion (birthplace of the “Ashes”) the course is considered one of the best in Melbourne’s North West.

Goonawarra has one of the fastest growing membership bases in Metropolitan Melbourne and has considerably strengthened its financial position over the same period of time. The club employs 5 course staff, 8 golf shop/cart staff, 3 admin (GM included) and over 10 Bar & Kitchen staff. Like most clubs, employed staff are supported by a valuable team of committed volunteers.  

This is a unique opportunity for a charismatic and innovative General Manager to oversee the operations of the Club and deliver an exceptional experience for Members and Public Golfers.

Reporting to the Board, the primary goal of the General Manager is to ensure a sustainable and vibrant Club into the future, delivering an engaging customer experience, building on its financial strength and continuing to build the existing membership. This will require a good understanding of the industry, its opportunities and challenges, and the experience and business acumen to drive the Club forward – identifying and capitalising on opportunities to further enhance the Club’s position.

The scope of the role includes responsibility for:

  • Customer experience – ensuring the club’s mission, brand, programs, products and services reflect the needs of members/golfers and are consistently presented in strong, positive images.
  • Strategy, governance and leadership – effective business processes, policies and information systems, compliance, risk and asset management.
  • Performance management and improvement – operational and financial plans, budgets, marketing and membership activities.
  • People and culture – attracting and developing key talent and driving a culture of continuous improvement, opportunity and accountability.

You will have a track record of success in a commercial or sport related business environment, effective and engaging leadership, stakeholder management, and interpersonal skills combined with strong business acumen and high level operational and financial management competencies.

Tertiary qualifications in business, commerce or sports management, an understanding of the club sporting culture and an appreciation of the needs and expectations of a member based organisation will be highly regarded.

An attractive employment package will be negotiated with the successful candidate. To obtain a copy of the Position Description please email

All applications must be received by email and are to include your CV and Cover Letter and sent to Interviews will be held at Goonawarra Golf Club, applications will be closing 1 week from the date the advertisement is listed (listed 20 November)

Golf Operations Manager – Peppers The Sands, Torquay

An exciting opportunity has become available for a dynamic and experienced professional to join Peppers The Sands,Torquay in the role of Golf Operations Manager.

The Sands Golf Course is located at the gateway to the Great Ocean Road on the stunning Surf Coast, Torquay which is known to be one of Victoria’s most popular destinations. The privately-owned, 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Stuart Appleby and has been named as one of the top 100 golf courses in Australia.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the management and strategic direction of the Golf Operations Department.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the strategic and day-to-day operations of the Golf Department and Pro Shop to ensure all requirements are met.
  • Manage the process of golf memberships – provide reports to the Board as required, provide input to the budget process and review monthly reports.
  • Lead and develop staff, including conducting regular performance assessments.
  • Drive business for Golf Memberships, Corporate and Executive golf events inclusive of marketing and media and manage the operational requirements in preparation of and during these events.
  • Manage stock levels and order retail for the pro shop.
  • Liaise with other departments to coordinate member/resort events.
  • Work with the member’s committee to ensure the member experience is optimal.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be an energetic, motivated, positive and sales driven individual who has a strong operational background in the golfing industry
  • Have a proven record in managing a successful operation, including staff management
  • Have demonstrated experience in increasing membership numbers or revenue within designated budget.
  • Have the ability to build strong and lasting customer relationships with highly-developed customer service skills
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills and effective negotiation skills
  • Have the ability to work within budget constraints and the ability to manage multiple and competing deadlines.
  • Have the ability to work after hours (attendance at after hours events where necessary)
  • Be a very professional, polished, positive and genuine persona with a passion for people.
  • Have strong strategic planning skills

If you feel this describes you and you can contribute to the success of The Sands Golf Course, we would love to hear from you.  An attractive salary package will be negotiated based on knowledge and experience.

Email your application (cover letter and resume) to or mail to: HR Manager, Peppers The Sands Resort, 2 Sands Boulevarde, Torquay, VIC, 3228. 

Interim GMA Executive Officer

Following the announcement that John Stamp is stepping down from his part-time role as EO of this association to work full-time at Golf Victoria, the GMA Board engaged the services of Sportspeople Recruitment to locate his replacement.

This week, several applicants will be interviewed to determine their suitability for the advertised role.

The board is conscious of the increasing level of services being delivered to members and that coupled with the requirement to fully research the potential for GMA to become a unitary organisation demands it fund the engagement of a full-time person to be engaged initially in an interim role.

Funding for Women’s Leadership Development: Up to $8,000 Available

Building on the significant developmental momentum achieved earlier in the year, Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s sports sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for sports sector women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of 2017.

Expressions of Interest:  Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to December 15, 2017:

Sports Environment Alliance ChangeSolutions Awards

The Sports Environment Alliance proudly invites you to take part in the annual #SEAChangeSolutions Awards Night.

The awards will recognise sports clubs, venues, facilities and organising bodies that make remarkable efforts to minimise their environmental impact, make their sports more sustainable and act as environmental stewards to ensure that we continue to have spaces and places to play #noplanetnoplay.

Key Dates:

  • Friday 28th July 2017, 9:00am AEST – Entries open
  • Thursday 2nd November 2017, 5:00pm AEST – Entries close
  • Date TBC – Finalists announced
  • Tuesday 14th November 2017 – Winners announced at Awards Presentation Drinks

Eligibility for the Awards:

The #SEAChangeSolutions Awards are open to all sporting organisations (clubs, venues, facilities, organising bodies) who are affiliated with one of the SEA’s Foundation Members.  Golf Australia and the Australian Golf Course Superintendent’s Association are Foundation Members of SEA.


China Famil update

Mission Hills, China (Thursday, 14th November 2017): Well it’s certainly been an interesting week.  The group had a great time at Mission Hills we are now down at Sheraton Shenzhou with unfortunately a typhoon not far away.

The weather at Mission Hills was hot and humid with some terrific golf on Stone Quarry and Blackstone courses. On Tuesday we then enjoyed a sensational time when Kobe Bryant came over to Haikou for the release of the Mission Hills – NBA agreement. We were given special VIP tickets to the announcement and were two rows from the stage with some 1000 people attending. You have very excited GM’s with many photos and videos taken.

They also experienced fantastic service from the dedicated butlers at the resort Beth Justin and Kimmi.

To top off the day, we were given a special table at the Flare bar and restaurant at the top of the Ritz Carlton where in fact the Chu brothers were hosting Kobe for a special dinner. Tenniel Chu, vice-chairman of Mission Hills, came over to our group 3 times and talked to them. He was very appreciative of the group being at Mission Hills thanked them for coming and hoped to see them with their members again in the future. They indeed received special VIP treatment.

All is well, though no golf today due to the typhoon in the region causing heavy rain at times and wind. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

Kevin Davidson
Director, CGE Golf

For more information on CGE Golf, visit their website:

Administration & Communications Officer – Glenelg Golf Club

Located on the Adelaide sandbelt, Glenelg Golf Club is recognised internationally as one of Australia’s leading championship courses and private golf clubs.

With a healthy level of membership, Glenelg GC offers outstanding membership privileges and opportunities, including a world class golf course, modern clubhouse with extensive bar and bistro facilities, and a challenging golf program for players of all levels. The Club has maintained its proud tradition and heritage whilst responding to the changing needs of its members.

An exciting opportunity has emerged to appoint a suitably qualified professional to play a key role in the Administration and Communications of the organisation and contribute to the future of this truly unique golf club.

Reporting to the Finance and Administration Manager, responsibilities of this key role include: –

  • manage the day-to-day office administration of the club and provide assistance to members and visitors as their first contact point
  • executing the Club’s communication requirements including social media, web-site maintenance, regular newsletters and e-news etc
  • financial assistance including cash handling, payroll, accounts receivable and payable

Applications are encouraged ideally from applicants with administration and communications experience in a similar Club or hospitality related establishment.  Exemplary levels of customer service, complemented by superior communication, time-management, stakeholder engagement and information technology know-how are all essential qualities sought. 

For further information and to obtain a position description, please contact;

Contact Name: Carly Clough
Contact Number: 8350 3200

Closing Dates for Applications: Sunday, 10th September 2017

2017 PGA Golf Expo

Bringing together the entire golfing community, with the support of a wide variety of golf industry stakeholders, including all major equipment companies, this fully immersive, three-day PGA Golf Expo is like no other.

From 12-14 September 2017, the PGA is combining a one day trade show, with all the best from the equipment companies plus the industries newest and most innovative products, with two days of information and education sessions including key note presentations, curated panel sessions, driving range activations and one-on-one conversations with some of golf’s most influential figures, as well as those who excel in the sporting industry.

This melting pot of innovation, passion and knowledge is the perfect place for PGA Professionals and golf industry leaders and employees to connect with like-minded peers to stay on top of industry trends and absorb new knowledge.

To be held at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort & Twin Waters Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, the PGA is encouraging all GMA members to support your employed or contracted PGA Professionals in attending this event.  The knowledge and experience they will gain will undoubtedly provide benefit to your golf club or business.

GMA members are also invited to attend days one and two of the Expo, which are open to the wider industry and feature sessions aligned to golf industry knowledge, future trends, small business and management, as well as trade-show sessions in a variety of relevant topics.

For more information on the 2017 PGA Golf Expo, visit the PGA website.