The James River Country Club Golf Academy

James River Country Club...the place where players play and learn the game too!

Located on the James River our Golf Academy offers personalized lessons, clinics and junior golf camps. Our Professional Staff is dedicated to helping you play better, enjoy the game more, and construct a dependable swing that will give you confidence on any course.

Check out our latest Golf Academy instructional videos:


After a lesson with Jeremy Franks, I am now able to hit 10 to 15 yards farther. Jeremy has changed my swing and I am very thankful.
~ Bongsook Hong

Jeremy Franks, PGA
Head Golf Professional
Golf is the most complicated game I have ever played. As an instructor my goal is to make the game and swinging the golf club as simple as possible. I have been using a four-step system that starts with an athletic set up, transitions into a full turn behind the ball, drives the lower body into a target oriented impact position, finishing with a relaxed pose for the cameras. This process allows the student to focus on one step at a time. Once each step is understood, you will be playing golf with the four steps I see all tour players doing. 

My philosophy for students is to always look to improve their golf game. Once the four steps I care about in the golf swing become comfortable for the student to duplicate on his/her own, we will be able to advance in other areas. The short game, course management, physical fitness and mental toughness are the areas that need to be developed to make a player reach the highest level in golf. The goal is always the same, continued enjoyment of the game.

Click here to read the recent article Jeremy wrote for the Virginia Golfer magazine.

Individual Instruction

All lessons are 60 minutes in length and include video instruction.

To schedule a golf lesson with Jeremy, contact him at 757-596-3112.
  • Jeremy K. Franks, PGA Bio

    • Jeremy Franks began his position as the head professional at James River Country Club on March 18, 2011. Jeremy's prior professional career includes: First Assistant Golf Professional, Chevy Chase Club; Assistant Golf Professional, Four Streams Golf Club; and Apprentice Golf Professional, The PGA Village. In 2008 Jeremy achieved membership in the PGA of America. He has served as the Grow the Game Chair for the Center Chapter of the Middle Atlantic Section. He is very active in the Section and believes in serving his fellow PGA members. Jeremy's playing record includes All American honors while playing collegiate golf for Montgomery College. He also held the position of co-Captain duing the same season. He was medalist at his first PAT in 2003, and placed second in the first professional tournament at Williamsburg National. Jeremy has a passion for teaching. His students have won a variety of events ranging from club events to junior tour championships. Jeremy enjoys teaching "all" skill levels from beginner to advanced. Jeremy resides in Newport News with his wife Nicole, and his three children, Christopher, McKinley and Sienna.

  • Junior Clinics

    • Here at James River Country Club we believe golf is a lifetime sport and there is no better time to start playing than when you are young. Our junior camps and clinics are designed to make the game fun, enjoyable and exciting while providing juniors with the basic foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment.

      We offer the following opportunities for our junior members and grandchildren of members:

      Golf Ratz Weekly Clinic: Ages 4-7. Cost: $5
      Advanced Clinic: Ages 8-17. Cost: $10

      To sign up, call the Golf Pro Shop at 757-596-3112.

      Junior Camps:

      We offer two-week long junior camps during the summer months. Stayed turned for details.
      Please click here to view or print the 2018 Golf Tournament Schedule.