Tim Cooke   

Tim enjoyed success on the golf course as a junior and went on to compete at the University of Virginia where he was a team captain during his final season.  While at UVA, Tim realized that golf was always going to be an integral part of his life, and it was at this time that he decided to lay the foundation for a future career in golf instruction.  Unlike typical golf instructors, Tim began his career in the academic realm completing a Master’s degree in Pedagogy from Virginia in 1999.  This study, tailored to the teaching of golf, broadened his knowledge of not only the golf swing but also the fields of exercise physiology, motor learning and sport psychology.

In addition to his role at The Elite Academy, Tim is the Director of Instruction for the new Golf Learning Center at The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC.  Most recently Tim was the Director of Instruction at Long Cove Club, also on Hilton Head, and widely considered the best private course in the area with an active golf membership.  As the Club’s first dedicated teaching professional Tim ran multiple programs to fit all the membership’s needs.  Long Cove’s junior program flourished under Tim’s direction that resulted in three different juniors winning the Men’s Club Championship title.  Prior to arriving at Long Cove Club Tim worked at the prestigious Wade Hampton Golf Club, in Cashiers NC, where he was able to transform the instructional program in an exclusive golf setting.  Tim’s teaching was so well received at Wade Hampton, where he served as the Head Professional/Instructor, that he taught 20 times the number of lessons as the previous professional staff.

Tim is constantly working to develop his teaching skills and further his knowledge of the golf swing.  In 2009 Tim was awarded Master Professional in Instruction status by the PGA of America.  At the time there were only 167 Master Professionals in Instruction making up less than 1% of PGA professionals.  The average age of Master Professionals is 56 and Tim was 33 when he achieved this distinction.  In 2017 GOLF Magazine named him to their Top 100 Teachers in America list.  Also, due to his work with junior golfers Tim was recognized as a US Kids Top 50 Instructor for 2009 after receiving Honorable Mention status in 2008.  Tim also was named to Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers list recognizing the Top 40 instructors under 40 for 2010/2011, 2012/2013 and again in 2014/15.  He is certified with the Titleist Performance Institute and Science and Motion Putting.  Tim also enjoys writing and his instructional articles have been featured in GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest, Golf Tips and Golf Illustrated.

Other coaches of the Golf Learning Center at The Sea Pines Resort assist Tim with training throughout the school year.  Please see the Instructors page at www.seapinesgolfinstruction.com for more details about our staff. 

"Training Junior Golfers for College and Beyond"