Golf Lessons & Clinics


The Lakewood Club's professional golf staff offers lessons, clinics and regularly scheduled golf instruction. Junior leagues, programs, clinics and tournaments as well as junior camps are available.

Niall Fraser - Director of Golf

Niall FraserNiall was born in Alberta, Canada and attended Michigan State University. He was hand selected by Robert Trent Jones Senior to travel the world to design golf courses. His work with Robert Trent Jones Sr had an strong and lasting influence on these prestigious clubs:

  • Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown, PA - Over the past century has hosted many prestigious tournaments most notably the 1962 PGA Championship; 1977 U.S. Amateur Championship; 1997 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship; 2003 Senior PGA Championship; 2010 & 2011 AT&T National Championship; 2018 BMW Championship
  • Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO is only the third club in history to host all four men’s Major Championships. 1965 U.S. Open; 1981 Mid-Amateur Championship; 1992 PGA Championship; 2004 U.S Senior Open; 2008 BMW Championship; 2013 Senior PGA Championship; 2018 PGA Championship
  • Valderrama Golf Club in Spain is one of the leading golf courses in Europe and the venue of some of the most important golf competitions in Europe. 1997
  • Ryder Cup; World Golf Championships; 1999 & 2000 American Express Championship; Volvo Masters
  • Adare Manor Golf Club in Ireland - 2014 Irish PGA Championship
  • New courses Niall helped design are: Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, VA; Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston, MA; Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, NY; Playa Grande Golf & Ocean Club in the Dominican Republic; Anglebrook Golf Club in Lincolndale, NY has hosted U.S. Amateur, NY State Open qualifying, Met PGA Section Pro-Am, and 2013 MGA Mid-Amateur
    Most recently before joining the Grand Hotel Niall was Head of Construction, while overseeing the planning and construction from start to finish. The 26 courses, a total of 468 holes are at 11 locations across the state of Alabama.
Jim Geram  - PGA Golf Professional

Jim GeramBorn in Cleveland, Ohio, Jim’s storybook career for the “FAST” fifty some years or more included an association with the famous John Jacobs golf schools throughout the United States and to more currently include several years here at Lakewood Club.

The boundaries of Jim’s instruction extended to the Far East: the Hong Kong Dynasty Athletic Club, the Chun Shan Golf Club in mainland China and almost two years in Graz Austria.

Notably, Jim instructed the international blind champion golfer “Charlie Boswell”. Bob Hope and Bear Bryant have been some of Jim’s celebrity playing partners at the annual Boswell Eye Foundation Charity Event. He has played other charity exhibitions with Gary Player, Bobby Nichols, and many famous golfers.

One of eight PGA professionals selected to play in Scotland, Jim considered it a privilege to tour and play with famous instructor Jack Lumpkin, Jon Gustin, PGA Tour player, Birmingham Country Club professional and Paul Bauman, an exceptional trick shot artist. Jim’s lessons have morphed into supervised practice these days. “A good student develops good practice habits. The instructor possessing patience and lifelong attention to detail makes for a good relationship!” Jim focuses on the natural ability one possesses.

Acknowledging course comradery greatly missed, his lessons these days are devoid of golf swings, yet he remains passionate to assist others with improving theirs.

Several Juniors have been awarded scholarships & moved on to study/play at the Universities of Illinois, Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Rhodes College-Memphis, Oregon, Washington State, Birmingham Southern and others.

A lifetime member of the PGA of America, Jim has made Golf Magazines exclusive list of outstanding teaching professionals in the USA and Canada with articles in USA Today and Golf Digest.

Tim King, JR (TJ) - PGA Golf Professional

Tim KingTJ King was born and raised in Homestead, FL until moving to Ashford, AL in 2000. Upon graduating high school in 2003, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, Infantry and served honorably from January 2004 until May 2008. He served in three combat tours, once to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq, receiving several individual and unit awards for his actions in combat.

After completing his time in service, TJ was awarded the first Wounded Warrior Project Scholarship to attend Keiser University College of Golf. While studying at Keiser, he was elected as the Student Veterans Association President and graduated Summa Cum Laude. After graduating from Keiser, TJ worked at Tiger Point Golf Club as an Assistant Golf Professional and worked with The First Tee of Northwest Florida.

In 2015, TJ and his business partner opened their own indoor golf facility in Buckhead, GA called Swing Pros Atlanta. After a successful start, he sold his portion of the business and returned to Dothan, AL where he was hired and subsequently promoted to Head Golf Professional by the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Highland Oaks. During his tenure at Highland Oaks, TJ offered customized individual and/or group lessons, playing lessons, club fittings, and mental game coaching. TJ was elected to full PGA Membership in March 2021.

With a passion for growing the game, TJ developed several different junior golf programs working with over 120 junior golfers throughout the year. He also established the PGA Jr League at Highland Oaks where his 17u team won the All-Star Regional Championship in 2021. With such a large junior golf following, TJ began utilizing the US Kids Golf Player Pathway Program. Most recently he was honored with a Top 50 US Kids Golf Coach award for 2021.


Ian Patton - Golf Services Manager

Ian PattonBorn and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia, Ian developed a passion for golf at the age of 18 while working as a greens mower at a private club in Florida. Upon relocating to Fairhope in 2015 and joining the Grand Hotel team in 2017 as a Recreation Supervisor, Ian soon became the Supervisor of The Experience at The Lakewood Club and was then promoted to Golf Services Manager. A recipient of several customer service awards prior to joining the Grand Hotel, Ian was honored with the Grand’s Newcomer Award in 2017 and also Supervisor of the Quarter in 2019. Ian is Trackman certified and heads Lakewood’s club fitting program. For club fittings, email ian.patton@grand1847.com or call the Pro Shop 251.990.6706.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind golf experience

  • Celebration Bermuda grass tees, fairways & 419 roughs
  • Greens newly resurfaced with Tifeagle Bermuda
  • Men's & Women's locker rooms featuring high-quality wooden lockers
  • Full-service, fully stocked golf shop
  • Full Beverage Cart service
  • Bag storage and club cleaning services
  • Shoe service
  • Tee-times at 10 minute intervals to insure comfortable play
Please contact the Golf Pro Shop at
251.990.6312
for more details

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