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DPSM has developed an unrivalled agronomy executive search service with agronomy partners, Turfgrass® – Europe’s leading golf agronomy consultants. With our search expertise/network and Turfgrass’s technical agronomy expertise, we are best placed to source the right candidate who will fit in to your facility’s culture and have all of the right technical knowledge. 

The Search Team

Douglas Philip | DPSM Director

Douglas has 10 years’ experience working in the executive search industry, specifically partnering with golf related businesses. Graduated with a Human Recourses and Sports Science degree from the University of Stirling. A member of the Royal & Ancient (R&A), The Golf House Club Elie and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

John Clarkin | Turfgrass® Director

Following a London City and Guilds Degree in Greenkeeping, John graduated with distinction from Pennsylvania State University, USA, in 1994 where he studied Turfgrass Management.
He returned to Ireland where he assumed the role of Director of Golf Operations at Powerscourt Golf Club, Co. Wicklow, which he constructed, grew in and maintained for three years. In 1997, John established Turfgrass.

Julian Mooney | Turfgrass® Director

Julian studied Greenkeeping and Sports Turf Management at Reaseheath College, England – Advanced Turfgrass Management and Science at The Ohio State University, USA and Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Use of Pesticides at University College Dublin, Ireland.
Julian joined Turfgrass as an Agronomy Consultant in 2004 and was promoted to Director of Agronomy in 2011. His primary role is to manage and develop the company’s agronomy portfolio throughout Europe and emerging markets.

Turfgrass® are the solutions provider for successful golf courses. Their story began in 1997 when a love for the game became a passion for the industry and they have been delivering value, innovation and impeccable service in golf course development, sustainability, maintenance and agronomy around the world ever since.

The Search Process

LEARN | We travel to you to understand, in detail, about your facility. We gain an in-depth understanding of the team culture, the type of person the client requires and the technical details of the position we will be headhunting for. We will also develop a detailed Job Description is required.

SEARCH | DPSM map the market. We do this using the following tools:

  • Our Database
  • Our Network
  • Old Fashioned Research – we map out similar facilities around the globe with similar grass types.

APPROACH | We begin to approach only the best, most suited candidates. We are professional and discreet when approaching candidates – all communication is 100% confidential.

INTERVIEW SCREENING | Each candidate will be interviewed twice via video conference call initially. Firstly by DPSM to assess the candidate’s leadership qualities as well as their potential cultural fit. Secondly by Turfgrass to assess the candidates technical knowledge of the grass types, financial budgeting and to delve further in to their current agronomic operations.

Once video conference screening has taken place, the top 8 candidates are met face to face by DPSM, and narrowed to 3-5 candidates for Shortlisting.

SHORTLISTING | We will travel to you to present our shortlist of 3 to 5 candidates, each candidate will have an overview on their strengths and weaknesses and our thoughts. Our client then decides on who to interview.

CLOSING | DPSM will be available throughout Client interviews and will be available to facilitate negotiations between the preferred candidates and the Client.

Clients DPSM & Turfgrass have worked with:


Quinta do Lago – Course Superintendent

Vidaubun – Course Superintendent

Wentworth Club – Golf Courses Manager

Helsinki Golf Club – Course Manager

Rinkven Golf Club – Course Manager