Rob Ellis, PGA
Head Golf Professional
Originally from Oklahoma, Rob has been in the Golden Isles for 15 years. He and his wife Abby have three sons, Sutton 12, Conner 9, and Griffin 4. His career began at Jekyll Island in 2004. He then left for an opportunity at Sea Island Golf Club, where he spent almost 4 years as an Assistant Golf Professional. His next step led him to TPC Sawgrass and the PGA Tour Academy, where he honed his teaching skills. In 2010, Rob was offered the Teaching Professional position back at Jekyll Island, and the circle became complete. He then became the Director of Golf and Tennis for the club. Rob loves teaching players of all ages, but he has devoted the majority of his instructional time to juniors from all over Coastal Georgia. Rob has guided the local PGA Junior League All-Star team for the last 5 years and lead them to the Regional Championship 2 times, coming up one win short of a birth at the National Championship both years. Rob has been named
Honorable Mention three times for the US Kids Top 50 Instructors and is a Certified US Kids Instructor. He was elected to PGA membership in 2008 and was recognized as the PGA Junior Golf Leader for the East Chapter of the Georgia Section of the PGA in 2012 and 2016. He was also recognized as the Resort Merchandiser of the Year for the Georgia Section in 2014.
John King V
PGA Apprentice Assistant Golf Professional
John King V is a PGA Apprentice Assistant Golf Professional at Osprey Cove. He became a member of the Osprey Cove team back in March of 2016. John has come to Osprey Cove after working as the Assistant Golf Professional at Laurel Island Links from 2014-2016. After a successful amateur career, John turned professional and has started working towards obtaining his PGA Class A Professional Card. As a member of the professional staff at Osprey Cove, John is focused on your experience as a member and customer of the club. He will be running MGA, WGA, club tournaments, and the weekly member play days. John will also be conducting clinics and group lessons throughout the year.
Golf Course Superintendent
Having had 30 years of regional golf course maintenance experience working with southern turf grasses including TifDwarf (our greens), and TifEagle. From his days just out of college as a course crew laborer and golf construction apprentice at TPC Sawgrass, Paul has, for the past six years, held the position as Golf Course Superintendent overseeing the four courses -Indian Mound, Great Dunes, Oleander and Pine Lakes – that comprise the 63 hole Jekyll Island Golf Club. Paul’s working knowledge in the Golf Course Maintenance field is highly diverse, ranging from improving overall turf and playing conditions to implementing construction, drainage and irrigation projects to developing and managing course operating budgets.
Paul describes his management style as, “a team builder, hands-on and proactive which centers on communication as the cornerstone component.” As Paul recently emphasized to our course maintenance crew during his introductory remarks to them, “It’s all about the golf course – each and every day.”