After visiting Scotland & Ireland for the first time, Tom fell in love with links golf in both countries. He started helping his friends and fellow PGA Professionals arrange tours as a hobby. He quickly realized that as a small business with low overhead, he could provide customized tours at competitive prices. And so started Tom’s Golf Tours.
Tom Jr. and Tom Sr. Winners of 2002 St. Andrews Father & Son Championship
Tom’s Golf Tours was formed in 2000 by Tom Chillemi, a Class A Member of the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) since 1977. At the time he was the Head Golf Professional and Director of Golf at Sky Valley Resort in Sky Valley, Georgia. He retired from this position in 2009 and is now the PGA Golf Professional Emeritus at the club. He now works a few days a week during the golf season at Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club, a beautiful club in Cashiers, North Carolina
Tom has played all of the great courses many times, while staying at most of the local accommodations, and experiencing the local sightseeing options. Armed with this knowledge, he can craft the perfect trip based on a few basic questions. Tom’s Golf Tours also partners with local operators in Scotland and Ireland, who will make sure all of your needs are met once you arrive at your destination. And to top off a truly local experience, all of Tom’s Golf Tours come with private Coach Transportation with drivers that serve as your local concierge throughout the trip.
Tom still lives in Sky Valley with his wife Jana and 3 dogs