Internship at Sahalee Country Club - Sammamish, WA

Contact Info
Tom Huesgen
(425) 868-1600
Degree Not Required

Golf Course Description
Sahalee Country Club first opened for play in 1969.  The championship caliber design originated from nationally recognized golf course architect Ted Robinson with later renovation by Rees Jones.  Carved out of the Cascade foothills on the greater Sammamish plateau, Sahalee CC is located just 10 miles east of downtown Seattle.  The property offers 27 championship golf holes to its’ private membership.  The 27 holes consist of three 9-hole courses of equal stature:  The North, South and East course….any two of which can be combined to a standard 18-hole course.  Sahalee’s (South-North) course, ranked as one of America’s Top 100 golf courses by Golf Digest for over 30 consecutive years, has hosted three major championships:  The 1998 PGA Championship, 2002 NEC World Golf Championship, and 2010 US Senior Open.  At Sahalee, it is our mission to consistently provide exceptional golf course conditions, superior customer/member service and an outstanding experience both on and off the golf course. 

Job Description
For the 2015 golf season, we are seeking student interns who are passionate about Turfgrass Management and for the game of golf.  Applicants must be both highly motivated and enrolled in either a two or four year undergraduate Turfgrass Management program.  One to two years previous work experience is preferred, however, we are willing to train the right candidate if they possess a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn.  Individuals can expect to work hands-on alongside the course superintendent and his assistants in all aspects of day-to-day operations.  This position requires a commitment of 40-70 hours/week.  Various levels of involvement include, but are not limited to: 

Students will learn different watering techniques which include hand-watering and central control based irrigation as well as repair and troubleshooting.

Fertility/Chemical handling and application
Students will receive wide-ranging experience in all aspects of chemical handling and applications.  Various tasks include:  calibration techniques, personal safety procedures, reading and understanding labels, mixing and spraying of foliar applications, hand/machine spreading of granular applications, appropriate cleaning and disposal techniques, calculations and record keeping.  Students will also receive guidance on disease scouting and identification.

Day-to-day maintenance operations

Students will experience all of the day-to-day golf course maintenance operations.
These tasks include:
• Mowing - both walk-mowing and machine operated mowing, etc.
• Daily Course set-up - cutting cups, setting tees, turf-repair, etc.
• Top-dressing and aerification techniques - planet-air, vertical mowing, deep tine aerifying, core aerification and drop/broadcast sand placement.
• Bunker maintenance - raking techniques, edging and sand dispersal, etc.
• Equipment Maintenance – service intervals, reel sharpening, height adjustment and repair, etc.

Management Duties

Students will experience ownership of responsibility, project and team management techniques along with budget/financial management.

Position Benefits

Interns will receive hands-on training from highly qualified, seasoned turf managers and earn a competitive wage of $10-12.00/hour DOE with overtime opportunities.  Free on-site housing is available.  In addition, lunchtime meals provided, golfing privileges, and uniforms.

How to Apply

Turf students interested in Sahalee Country Club’s 2015 summer internship program must contact Golf Course Superintendent Tom Huesgen directly via phone or e-mail.  Please provide an up-to-date resume and no less than two credible references.