Covid -19 Update
We hope you and your loved ones are safe as we all manage the impact Covid-19 is having on our lives. The health and well-being of our associates, members and guests is always our top priority. Illinois golf has now progressed to Phase IIII of the reopening plan. I will be available for Golf lessons starting on June 2. I am looking forward to getting back out on the course and helping you with your game!
Welcome to my website. My name is Jamie Locke. I have been a Class A PGA Member for 16 years, having earned full-member status in 2004. This will be my 29th year working, teaching, and coaching at the Wilmette Golf Club. I have been the Head Professional at Wilmette since 2010.
I took up the game as a skinny 11-year -old and began my golf education at Cavaliers Country Club in New Castle, Delaware. Cavaliers had a wonderful junior program and I took to the game immediately. It became my passion. We kids would play 18, 36, 54 holes a day. We just kept going around and around; my record was 63 holes in a day! I broke 100 that first year. When I turned 12, I broke 90, broke 80 at 13, and broke 70 at age 14. To say I was into golf was an understatement. I played in high school, and our team won the state championship in 1973. I left for the University of Alabama on a golf scholarship in 1976.
During my university days I began working at the North River Yacht Club, a wonderful golf course in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on the maintenance crew, my way of staying close to the game. While I was working at the club, I was asked if I would be interested in working for the Golf Digest Instruction School as a range assistant. My love of teaching started there. I was able to work with some of the best teachers of that era: Bob Toski, Jim Flick, Jack Lumpkin, Chuck Cook and Little Poison himself, two-time PGA Champion, Paul Runyan.
After my stint with the Golf Digest Instruction School, I moved to Glenview, Illinois, and began working at the North Shore Country Club as the Assistant Caddie Master. From there I moved on to the Caddie Master position at Westmoreland Country Club.
After a season at Westmoreland I was offered an opportunity to play professional golf on the South African PGA Tour. I spent 3 seasons in South Africa with some success as a touring professional, an experience that I will never forget.
I then made my way back to the USA and was hired at the Wilmette Golf Club in 1991. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wilmette and continue to teach, coach and play the game I love. Thanks for reading about me. Hopefully we can get together so I can help you with this great game.