Dick Grout was born into the game of golf. He was taught the essentials of swing technique and the principles of the profession at a young age by his famous father, Jack Grout; the legendary teacher and coach of not only Jack Nicklaus, but also Raymond Floyd, David Graham, Lanny Wadkins, Olin Browne and other great champions.
Dick competed extensively as a junior golfer, in high school and in college. After four years of college at Florida State University and Florida International University, he turned professional in 1977. As a playing professional, he twice attended PGA Tour Qualifying School in 1977-78 and, he competed on the American Golf Tour; the National Golf Association Tour; and the Space Coast Tour.
Some of his highlights as a player include the U.S. Open Championship at Inverness Club in 1979; The British Amateur Championship at The Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland in 1976. While in college, he won the University of Miami Invitational in 1974.
After his five-year stint as a playing pro, Dick began a career as a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA). And, for the last 30 years, he has been teaching people how to play better golf by using the sound principles taught to him by his father.
In October 2012, he completed a book about the extraordinary life of his father. “Jack Grout – A Legacy in Golf” is the first expanded look at the lifestyle of this fine man and the deep impact he had as one of the game’s greatest teachers. Dick also decided that it would be fun to start a blog to share his knowledge of golf, and offer a unique perspective on the greatest game of all. Good Golfing!