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Sea Pines’ Cooke wins instruction honor


GOLF Magazine Recognizes Director of Golf Learning Center as one of America’s best instructors

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (March 25, 2019) – Tim Cooke, Director of Instruction at The Golf Learning Center at The Sea Pines Resort, has been named to the list of Top 100 Teachers in America for 2019-2020.

The biennial rankings are compiled by GOLF Magazine, which recognizes the most innovative, committed, and accomplished teachers in the country. It is the second consecutive year Cooke has been selected for the prestigious honor.


“I am honored and humbled to be associated with golf professionals who I have long admired and respected,” Cooke said. “I am so fortunate to teach at the world-class facility we have at The Sea Pines Resort, as well as working side-by-side with tremendous teachers every day. It is rewarding to share our passion for the game.”

Cooke, 43, who joined The Sea Pines Resort in 2013, holds a master’s degree in pedagogy from the University of Virginia and earned Master Professional in Instruction status from the PGA of America in 2009. His numerous honors and recognition include PGA Carolinas Section Teacher of the Year, U.S. Kids Top 50 Instructor, and national Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional.

More than 20 junior golfers coached by Cooke have made the jump to collegiate golf in the past five years. Cooke also has worked with professionals on the PGA, LPGA, and tours. Cooke has appeared on Golf Channel ’s “The Turn” as well as on’s “Weekly Fix,” and has authored instructional articles for GOLF, Golf Digest, and Golf Illustrated. He resides on Hilton Head with his wife Kara and their two children.

Since its inception in 1991, GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers in America rankings have established the industry standard for recognizing excellence in coaching. The biennial process is powered by the Top 100 Teachers Credentials Committee and is the only national golf instructor search that combines outside academic and PGA peer review.

Candidates are screened against 15 baseline criteria, including their teaching experience and accomplishments, student portfolio, and peer ratings, along with their overall commitment to the growth of the game.

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About The Sea Pines Resort
Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the legendary Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 20 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands, and more than 130 species of birds. As the first Eco-planned destination in the U.S., The Sea Pines Resort has become the blueprint for numerous beach developments around the country. Guests can choose from an array of accommodations, including 300 villas, 100 rental homes, and the luxurious 60-room Inn & Club at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities, and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.

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