EDINBURGH, UK AND DUBLIN, IRELAND (22.06.2021) – Turfgrass®, golf course consultants will join DPSM Consultants, an international executive search firm focused within the golf industry, to launch a new search service aimed to place leading Superintendents/Course Managers into high-end golf facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Since being founded in 2016, DPSM has been providing the golf industry with executive search services for senior appointments. With this new collaboration with Turfgrass, DPSM is extending its offerings to the agronomy side of the golf industry.

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We have a leadership opportunity for an aspiring turf manager at an ultra-high specification private golf training facility in Geneva.  The successful candidate will be rewarded with an extremely attractive salary along with multiple benefits.  

Qualifications & Experience required:

  • Qualification in Turfgrass Management
  • Spraying certificates
  • Good working knowledge of fine turf machinery and automatic irrigation systems combined with the repair and maintenance of associated parts
  • The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate high levels of management skills, communication and leadership within their role
  • Experience of Tournament preparation
  • Previous experience as an Assistant Superintendent or Deputy Head Greenkeeper is desirable

Key responsibilities:

  • Execute the care and maintenance of the golf academy and tennis court to the highest international standards
  • Assist in planning, organisation and direction of the agronomy programme.
  • Planning and allocation of work to other greens staff
  • To keep abreast of modern advances in materials, methods and technology of greenkeeping.
  • Maintaining and promoting healthy and safe working practices
  • Such other duties as may be assigned from time to time which are of a comparable level of responsibility and conform to the general character of the post
  • Reporting to the Head Gardener, General Manager and Turfgrass on a weekly basis.
  • Prepare and maintain machinery
  • Ability to understand and prepare budgets
  • Manager the operation of SubAir, Soil Scout and a modern fleet of TORO equipment
  • Reporting to the General Manager on a weekly basis


Posted date: 11th June 2021

Closing: 25th June 2021

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

All interested applicants should apply via email to include a cover letter and detailed CV to juliette@turfgrass.ie


We have an exciting opportunity for an aspiring turf professional at an ultra-high specification private golf training facility in Geneva. The successful candidate will be rewarded with an extremely attractive salary along with benefits.  

Qualifications & Experience required:

  • NVQ2 Level 2 Sports Turf Management or equivalent
  • PA1, PA2 & PA6A Spraying certificates are preferred but not essential
  • Good working knowledge of fine turf machinery and automatic irrigation systems combined with the repair and maintenance of associated parts

Key responsibilities:

  • Mowing
  • Course set up
  • Spraying
  • Fertilising
  • Topdressing
  • Mechanical maintenance (hollow tining, verticutting etc)
  • Overseeding
  • Raking of bunkers
  • Irrigation
  • SubAir & Soil Scout use and maintenance
  • Prepare and maintain machinery
  • Reporting to the Head Greenkeeper and General Manager on a weekly basis.


All interested applicants should apply via email to include a cover letter and detailed CV to juliette@turfgrass.ie

Posted date: 11th June 2021

Closing: 25th June 2021

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

The San Roque Club & Turfgrass® Invites applications for the position of Director of Agronomy

The San Roque Club was established in 1991 and boasts two fantastic championship golf courses. The Old is the most famous of the two, hosting 13 European tour School finals from 1993 to 2006 plus the Spanish Open in 2005.

The New course was also part of the tour school and hosted the 2006  Spainish Open.

The San Roque Club is steeped in history, most notable is the relationship of the late great Severiano Ballesteros had with the club and the influence he had with the previous oweners and the fact in 1997, the club was the official accommodation of the two Ryder Cup teams.

However, it is the future that is the most exciting, with the new owners and a big investment into the renovation of the Old course, golf academy, and clubhouse, the San Roque Club is set to be, once again one of the best golf facilities in Europe.

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Course Manager Vacancy

Rinkven International Golf Club & Turfgrass®

Invites applications for the position of Course Manager

Rinkven International Golf Club was established in 1981 with its course at its present site – a wonderfully peaceful area of natural “Kempense” fenland just 15 km outside the city of Antwerp, Belgium. The two courses are a mixture of woodland and parkland holes with water coming in play on several holes. World renowned architect Martin Hawtree has made significant amendments to bring the two courses up to modern championship standards. The club hosts major tournaments on its courses, both amateur and professional including the PGA European Tour – Belgium Knockout in 2018 and 2019. The club embarked in 2015 on a masterplan to rebuild its infrastructure and upgrade its courses. This plan has resulted in an impressive modern clubhouse, a practical caddy-house and wide-ranging practice facilities and driving range. The golf course upgrade has largely been accomplished, however continued investment in further improvements are planned.

Next step is the hiring of a Course Manager. Applications are invited from candidates who have a proven track record of managing and motivating a team to achieve consistently high standards. This is a unique opportunity for an exceptional candidate who has the desire to be part of the delivery of excellence. The Course Manager will be responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the course and the staff team are effectively managed. Maintaining the playing surfaces to the highest possible standard, while recognising the need for detailed planning and embracing innovation. Organisational and leadership skills will be a key to success in this position.

This position is likely to appeal to someone who will be passionate about further enhancing the excellent reputation of Rinkven.

The successful candidate will have a range of skills but is likely to have the following key qualities:

  • Third level education in turfgrass management and science.
  • Proven agronomic track record.
  • Knowledge of the stringent Belgian pesticide laws.
  • Track record in non-pesticidal means of disease prevention and management (IPM).
  • Knowledge of precision water management and irrigation.  
  • High standards of course quality, presentation and attention to detail.
  • A desire for personal and team development.
  • Excellent management and motivation skills.
  • An effective communicator.

A package commensurate with experience and in line with a top Belgian club will be offered.

If you wish to apply, please send your CV, covering letter including salary expectation, detailing the attributes and qualities that make you the ideal candidate for the role before 19th March 2021 to:

Juliette Clarkin



Alan MacDonnell: The Golf Course at Adare Manor Superintendent

Alan Mac Donnell – Golf Course Superintendent, Adare Manor

By Ryder Cup Europe On December 22, 2020, 5:32am EST

Alan MacDonnell is one of the longest serving members of the Golf team at 2027 Ryder Cup venue, Adare Manor, starting his professional career in 1999 as an intern and progressing to become Golf Course Superintendent.  Ryder Cup Europe caught up with Alan to discuss everything from the redevelopment of the course, his favourite hole, the maintenance required to keep the course in pristine condition and why it is the perfect set up for a Ryder Cup venue… 

What has it been like to manage the new Golf Course at Adare Manor before and after its renovation?

Even before the closure for the renovations in 2016 we had so many highs here at Adare Manor; three Senior Irish Open’s, one Irish PGA Championship, two Irish Open’s and two JP McManus Pro Ams. Yet these previous highs still couldn’t prepare me for the three years of redevelopment and the pure exhilaration that we have experienced during the rebuilding of ‘The Manor’. I was fortunate that all the crew that we had prior to the renovation, stayed with us to see the project through, and we became even more exposed to such wonderful professionals that have helped us to develop in our chosen profession over the years.

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Hoiana Shores is Asia’s first GEO Certified® sustainable golf property

Posted on: Monday 21 December 2020, www.sustainablegolf.ie

Hoiana Shores Golf Club has earned GEO Certified® Development status from GEO Foundation, the golf industry’s international standard-bearer for sustainable course design and construction practices.

Opened in early 2020, Hoiana Shores GC — part of the US$4 billion Hoiana Integrated Resort — is the first and only golf property in Asia-Pacific to achieve this designation, and one of only half a dozen worldwide. 

Sam Thomas, Director of Golf Development at GEO Foundation, informed Hoiana Shores of its certification in September. In congratulating Hoiana Shores GC, Thomas cited, “the lengths Hoiana Shores’ developers and management team have gone to and the responsible approaches to development they have taken. They should be highly praised for their vision and leadership.”

Hoiana Shores Sunrise
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Assistant Superintendent Position

Golf Club du Domaine Impérial

We invite you to join our team as:


Since its creation, the Pete Dye designed Golf Club du Domaine Impérial has become an essential player in the life of golf in Switzerland and in Europe. Its unique geographic location on the shores of Lake Geneva together with the extreme quality of its environment and its facilities, see the golf course often regarded as the No. 1 golf course in Switzerland and amongst the top 100 of continental Europe. To pursue our quest of excellence, we intend to fill the vacancy of the position of Assistant Superintendent as described hereafter.

In charge of a team of up to 20 employees, our Superintendent is responsible for the maintenance and construction work on the course. In this task, he is assisted by the Assistant Superintendent.

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4 nominees and 2 winners for Turfgrass® at the World Golf Awards

Hoiana Shores – Photo credit: Gary Lisbon

It was a tense moment at the 7th World Golf Awards, in Dubai earlier this month. Turfgrass®, an internationally acclaimed golf course consultancy firm, had three of their projects nominated out of a field of twelve, for the prestigious title of “World’s Best New Golf Course 2020”; Dumbarnie Links, Scotland, Österakers Golfklubb, Sweden and ​Hoiana Shores Golf Club​, Vietnam. The distinguished title was awarded to Hoiana Shores. A fourth project, Antognolla Golf Resort, also won the Best Course in Italy award.  

The World Golf Awards, sponsored by Golf Saudi, is the global initiative that recognises and rewards excellence in golf tourism, courses, and golf destinations, acknowledging the organisations that are the leaders in their field. They are the game’s only course awards voted on by the golfing public and industry professionals. A record number of votes were cast by the public this year, boding well for the industry’s future. 

Turfgrass® is proud and honoured to have had the opportunity to work with some of the nominees.  

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Hoiana Shores named the Worlds best course in 2020

POSTED ON October 31, 2020 @ 10:23 am, Golf Industry Central

Hoiana Shores Golf Club has been named the Best New Course to open worldwide for the year 2020. The Robert Trent Jones II design, opened earlier this year in the stunning dunescape of Central Vietnam, was singled out for this honor as part of the 7th annual World Golf Awards.

The World Golf Awards are the game’s only global decorations and the only course laurels voted on by the golfing public and industry professionals during a ballot period that, this year, extended from 23 February to 1 September.

Exceeded top courses

Hoiana Shores GC — part of the US$4 billion Hoiana Integrated Resort, located on the beach southeast of Hoi An — earned World’s Best New Course honors for 2020 by besting an exceedingly strong field of nominees, among them Old Toccoa Farm and the Tiger Woods-designed Payne’s Valley GC at Big Cedar Lodge; the Dumbarnie Links in Scotland and PGA National in the Czech Republic; the Education City GC in Qatar and the Dubai Hills GC in the UAE.

Hoiana Shores is a modern links design, laid out on a treeless expanse of pure sand, with no fewer than 5 holes coming into direct contact with the East Sea. “The success of Hoiana Shores makes it a game-changer,” said its architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., “and from a pure golfing perspective, this is some of our very best work. We really opened up the sand dunes and allowed the greens to settle into them. I wanted greens nestled into the dunes early in the round. When players get closer to the water, we wanted to open up vistas to the sea.”

It’s a great honor to be recognized with this World Golf Award,” added Ben Styles, General Manager of HSGC. “This is the only award that combines the votes of both golfers and industry professionals globally. We’ve not been open a full year, but we do feel we’ve created something very special here, something that will stand as a landmark course in Asia-Pacific for decades to come. It’s gratifying to see that others agree.”

Award ceremony cancelled

Hoiana Shores GC and the other winners were meant to be feted as part of an Oct. 29 red-carpet ceremony and gala reception that has customarily drawn market leaders from nations across Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, North America and Oceania. Sadly the event was cancelled on account of the worldwide pandemic.

“Despite the many challenges that golf tourism has faced in this most unprecedented of years, this year’s program has seen a record number of votes cast by both golf consumers and golf industry professionals from around the world,” according to Chris Frost, Managing Director of World Golf Awards. “The appetite for golf tourism has never been as keen, with golf fans urging World Golf Awards to continue acknowledging the leading brands in our industry. This bodes well for golf tourism’s future as the global recovery begins.”

This article originally appeared on Golf Industry Central 31st Oct, 2020