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)

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