Dr. Jim Suttie, simply known as “Doc” by many of his students is one of the world’s best and most respected golf instructors. He has worked with many of the top players but still loves to work with players of all abilities. Doc grew up in DeKalb, Illinois where he learned to play golf at Kiswaukee Country Club. He stills holds the course record of 63.
In 1970 Doc graduated from Northern Illinois University playing on the golf team all four years. He stayed on to complete his Master’s degree in kinesiology and work as an assistant golf coach. In 1974 he moved into golf coaching at Eastern Kentucky University where he won two OVC (Ohio Valley Conference) Championships in four seasons and was named OVC Coach of the Year in 1976. Leaving Kentucky, Dr. Suttie went to Brevard Community College in Florida, where he coached Paul Azinger who went on to 12 PGA victories and captained a Ryder Cup championship.
Leaving college coaching Dr. Suttie completed his doctorate at Middle Tennessee University cumulating his studies with a doctorate thesis titled: “A Biomechanical Comparison between Conventional Golf Swing Learning Technique and a Unique Kinesthetic Feed Back Technique”. Dr. Suttie returns to college coaching briefly at Northwestern University in Chicago and Florida Gulf Coast University, in Ft. Myers Florida before concentrating on integrating his teaching philosophy into his teaching facilities in Naples, Florida and Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Suttie has conducted his instruction programs at Medinah Country Club- Chicago, Illinois, Pine Needles Golf Club- Southern Pines, North Carolina, Tamarask C.C. Palm Springs, CA. He is now at Willow Hill in Northbrook, IL in the summer and TwinEagles Country Club in Naples, Florida during the winter.
- 1970 M.A. in Biomechanics from Northern Illinois University
- 1976 Ohio Valley Conference Golf Coach of the Year
- 1983 Doctorate in Biomechanics from Middle Tennessee University
- 1988, & 1994 Speaker at PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit
- 1990, 1991, & 1998 Illinois PGA Teacher of the year
- 2000 PGA National Teacher of the Year
- Golf Digest Best 50 Teacher since ranking established
- Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher
- Speaker at numerous Canadian and USA PGA Sections most recently being the 2013 Carolina Section
- Featured speaker at 2006 UK PGA Annual Conference
- Featured speaker at 2010 German PGA Annual Conference
- Conducted LAWs Credentialing in Holland: 2011, 2012 and 2013
- Speaker at numerous Canadian and USA PGA Sections, most recently being the 2013 Carolina Section