Established in 1971 by Shelby Futch and John Jacobs, John Jacobs’ Golf Schools & Academies are some of the most recognized in the world.

The success of the John Jacobs’ Golf Schools revolves around Shelby Futch’s commitment to excellence and his love for the game of golf.

Elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame and inducted into Golf Magazines Golf Instructors Hall of Fame, John Jacobs also known as “Doctor Golf” is one of the most widely known and respected golf instructors in the world.


John Jacobs – elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, and the 2001 inductee into the GOLF Magazine World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame – is one of the most widely-known and respected golf instructors in the world. Recognized as “Dr. Golf,” his practical approach to teaching has benefited thousands of golfers. For this reason, the John Jacobs’ Golf Schools have modeled many of their teaching principles after John’s historical successes. By emulating his integrity and philosophies, Jacobs’ Golf Schools have been able to continually update and modernize these proven instruction methods to improve the techniques John so successfully developed. Residing in England and now teaching on a limited basis, John was recently awarded one of Britain’s highest honors, the QBE (Order of British Empire).

Presented by Queen Elizabeth II, the QBE has been awarded to John in recognition of his many years of service and numerous contributions to the game of ·golf. Earlier recognition of John’s talents include his appointment as captain of the first two European Ryder Cup teams in 1979 and 1981 and being made the first Honorary Life Member of the European Tour.


Shelby has earned an interna­tional reputation with a career that spans every phase of golf. Initially a tour player, Shelby’s contribution to the game subsequently has evolved from his own pursuit of par. His passion for learning about the game and his desire to share that knowledge with others, ultimately led him to establish the John Jacobs’ Golf Schools in 1971.

Shelby has authored numerous instruction articles which have been published in nationally recognized publications such as GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest. Named one of “America’s 50 Best Golf Teachers” by GOLF Magazine, ranked by Golf Digest as one of the best teachers in the country, and featured in the book Golf Gurus, Shelby has also made appearances on The Golf Channel’s instructional program, Golf Academy Live. He is a frequent guest speaker for the Hong Kong and China PGA and involved in the development of instructional programs for mainland China.



John Jacobs earns a spot in the 1955 Ryder Cup...


John Jacobs' Golf Schools and Academies established by Shelby Futch and John Jacobs.


Shelby Futch launches John Jacobs' Golf Schools...


Shelby Futch named “One of America’s 50 Best Golf Teachers” by Golf Magazine.


Shelby Futch received Top 50 Golf Instructors in America Award from “The Golf Magazine”.


1995-Shelby Futch is featured on the cover of AZGQ....


2000- John's lifelong commitment and passion to the game of golf includes his Induction in the World ...


Shelby Futch receives Top 100 Teachers in America Award from “The Golf Magazine”.


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