Coach Portrait

John E. Cleary, PGA

PGA Crest

Northbrook, IL
Exmoor Country Club, Highland Park, IL

About John

30 year member of the PGA with having taught over 20,000 lessons. Former Division 1 college coach at two Big Ten universities and one Big XII university, 20 years of college coaching experience with six post season appearances. Accomplished player with one PGA Tour start and multiple PGA of America Club Professional and Senior Club Professional Championship appearances.





Begin your journey


"54 holes in 3 days with gusty winds...102,100,101...Thanks for making me better, a year ago it would have been 125, 123, 124."

Jeff B.


"Really can't thank you enough for tweaking my swing. Two 76's in the last two rounds, and should have been much lower. Hitting so much better!

Bob K.


"John, just got back from Cali, played the best golf of my life, parred first 4 holes I played, shot 43 on front 9."

Linda H.


"JC-thanks for the lesson yesterday. What a difference it made. I played so much better today!!"

Gary P.

John's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Learn the basics

Get comfortable for business golf

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

Having More Fun

Connect with golfers of similar age

Have more fun on the course

Connect with golfers of similar skill

Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 80

Improve your Short Game

Make the high school golf team

Get swing diagnostic testing

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Earn a college golf scholarship

Students & Lessons

Coaching Services

Player Type







Playing with disabilities

Session Type


John's Facilities

Exmoor Country Club

Highland Park IL

Private club on the North Shore, established in 1896

*Coaching available to public

700 Vine Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035-2098

Facility Offerings
Driving range

Full range with targets, large grass tee.

Short game area

Short game area with four greens and ample fairway and bunkers to improve short game and putting.

Indoor facility

Indoor facility with teaching studio to work on game year round.

Begin Your Journey

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