The 2020 Golf Season
December 1, 2020
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. It has been quite a year, the game of golf has made all of us appreciate the great outdoors as we deal with Covid-19. Have a great holiday season, and thank goodness 2020 will be over soon. I want to thank each and everyone of you for the opportunity to teach and coach you in the 2020 golf season. I am looking forward to getting back out on the course in 2021 and helping you with your game! Golf lessons for 2021 will be available in April. Thanks again!
See you in the short grass!
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.