Club History and Members:
The Country Club of Maryland was founded in 1923 as The Rodgers Forge County Club, Inc. and commissioned nationally acclaimed golf architect Herbert Strong to lay out the course over 164 acres of land known as Stevenson Farm. The Course was built during the golden age of architecture and remains as one of the few courses in the Mid-Atlantic area from that era. Completed in 1925, the Course featured a layout of gentle rolling terrain highlighted by streams, small ponds and natural woodlands. The Course measured 6,304 yards, the longest in the area at the time and played to a par 71.
Mr. Strong’s design remains basically as it was in 1925 with the exception of the 7th hole which now plays to a par 4 instead of a par 5, thus reducing the course to a par 70. The signature valley holes of 13, 14 and 15 are as breathtaking and challenging as ever and remain the heart and soul of a demanding back nine. The Course reflects the design philosophy and style of some of Mr. Strong’s other notable courses (Saucon Valley in Pennsylvania and The Canterbury Country Club in Ohio) with expansive fairways and a variety of approaches to greens that vary in size in direct proportion to the overall length of the hole. Old style bunkering and green swales further enhance both the challenge and beauty of this classic golf course.
Family owned until 1999, the Club and Course were purchased that year by the Members who formed The Country Club of Maryland, Inc. In the following years, extensive improvements have been made to the Club facilities and the Course making it one of the premier country clubs in the region. Through the generosity of a Member’s estate planning, the practice area has been redeveloped into a state of the art practice facility.
The dining experience at the Club can be summed up as casual, upscale and always delicious. The menus are creative and reminiscent of a country French Provencal style. The Hunt Room, our main dining room, features an immense stone fireplace from the original farm house, giving an elegant feel of an aristocratic great room from another era. The Club’s Grille Room, Magnolia Room, Gibson Room, various enclosed porches and outside seating, together with the Back Bar provide an excellent venue for golfers as well as those interested in a less formal atmosphere to dine.
The Club’s 370+ Golf Members and 260+ Social Members are diverse, hailing from all walks of life, resulting in a congenial and friendly, informal atmosphere. Our Members take great pride in the club and golf course, relying on the professional staff to ensure that family, friends and business associates are treated to first-rate golf, dining and an overall excellent country club experience. In 2013, the Club hosted the MSGA’s most prestigious event, the Maryland Open, where 150 of the Mid-Atlantic’s finest golfers competed over three days – the participant’s comments on both the quality of the golf course and the staff’s service were overwhelmingly positive.
The Club is fortunate to have a knowledgeable and dedicated professional and line staff, who are the backbone of a very friendly, “family-centric”, service focused environment and who share the goal of exceeding Member expectations. Longevity characterizes the staff at the Country Club of Maryland as evidenced by: i) our General Manager, who has been in that position for thirteen (13) years and who will be retiring at the end of 2013, which is the reason for our search; ii) our Executive Chef has served culinary delights to Members at the Club for over twenty-one (21) years; iii) our PGA Professional, who is a past-President of the Northern Chapter of the PGA and who has been awarded the ‘Horton Smith’ award by the Mid-Atlantic PGA Chapter, has been directing Golf, tournaments and instruction at the Club for fourteen years (14); iv) our Green Superintendent has ensured that the Course and grounds remain consistently outstanding for the sixteen (16) years he has been at the Club; and v) our Clubhouse Manager/Catering Director has seen that Members are presented with a Clubhouse and dining experience to remember since arriving in September, 2007. The staff is experienced, professional, friendly and very capable. Members expect and receive a high level of service at Club.
Brief Representative Job Description
The General Manager reports to the Club President and the Board of Directors. He or she will be responsible for the proper management of all aspects of the Club’s day-to-day operations and activities. The General Manager supervises, coordinates and administers the budget, plans and policies of the Club, consistent with the directions of the Board. He or she will supervise all department heads, working with an exceptional team of talented professional staff, to achieve positive results. The Club expects the General Manager to demonstrate strong management skills in leading and coordinating a successful, cooperative management team. The General Manager will attend all Board Meetings and report monthly to the Board on the operational, financial activities and strategic elements of the Club.
The General Manager will provide leadership working with staff and the Board to create and execute effective marketing programs to attract new members and retain current members. The General Manager will be a visible manager, interacting comfortably and appropriately with all Club Members, prospective new members, staff, and outside vendors.
The ideal candidate will be recognized in the club/hospitality management field as a result of his or her track record at prior clubs. This candidate should have a minimum of five years’ experience as a General Manager at a quality, private club; however, the Club will consider exceptional Senior Assistant General Managers who, based on prior demonstrated ability are ready to take the next step.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated private club business acumen, effective leadership ability, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. The ability to use technology effectively is a key requirement. He or she must have a solid record for sound fiscal management and an ability to move the Club forward strategically, while respecting valued traditions and existing management structure. Experience with membership marketing and/or successfully growing membership at a Club are preferred. The ideal candidate should have strong background and experience managing a private Club, featuring golf, dining and membership activities. The successful candidate will be energetic, engaging, and creative and have excellent communications skills, integrity and moral values.
The candidate should be active and well respected in his or her local or national CMAA organization or its equivalent. A college degree in hospitality management and/or a professional CCM certification or its equivalent in the country club management or hospitality fields is preferred.
Date Position Available
December 1, 2013
The Club offers a compensation package based on experience and qualifications. This is an exempt position requiring hours of work that extend beyond the traditional work hours, including evenings, holidays, and weekends that meet the demands of the seasonal nature of this position. The candidate of choice will be offered an “at-will” employment arrangement.
Resumes, which will be held in strict confidence and shared only with the Search Committee and the Board of Directors, should be forwarded to:
The Country Club of Maryland, Inc.Attn: Howard L. Alderman, Jr., President
1101 Stevenson Lane
Towson, Maryland 21286