U.S. 2020 Appearances

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – University of North Florida Presentation

Doctors of the Game – A History of the Golf Profession

Three Consecutive Tuesdays from February 11 through February 25 – 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Presentation

A History of Golf In Florida

Westminster Campus – St. Augustine / World Golf Village – Tuesday, March 24 – 10:30 a.m. to noon

Del Webb’s Ponte Ve Dra Men’s Club

A History of Golf In North Florida

Del Webb Clubhouse – Nocatee, Florida / Thursday, July 23 – 6 p.m.


U.S. 2019 Appearances

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – University of North Florida Presentation

Doctors of the Game – A History of the Golf Profession

Three Consecutive Tuesdays from February 19 through March 5 – 9:30 to 11 a.m.

A History of Golf in Florida – Vicar’s Landing / Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – Friday, January 11

A History of Golf in Florida – Fleet Landing / Atlantic Beach, Florida – Monday, January 21

A History of Golf In Florida – The Palms Retirement & Memory Care Center / Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – March 8 

A History of Golf In Florida – Downtown Jacksonville Kiwanis Club / Jacksonville, Florida – Monday, April 29  

A History of Golf In Florida – The Churchmen / Sawgrass CC Beach Club / Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – Thursday, May 16  

A History of Golf In Florida – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute / University of North Florida – Tuesday, September 24 

The First American Golf Memories Project – Pete Dye Chapter, a Sister Program to The Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Memories Project

Inaugural Meeting TPC Sawgrass – Monday, January 28,

Monthly Meetings at TPC Sawgrass – Every Fourth Monday of the Month – 10:30 a.m. to noon

e-mail: amgolfmemories@gmail.com  for additional information

2018 Events

PGA Education Presentation – Member Business Center / 2018 PGA Show – Orlando, FL   Wednesday, January 24th

Keynote Speech – PGA Master Professional Luncheon – 2018 PGA Show  Friday,  January 26

A History of Golf in Florida – Beaches Museum & History Park, Jacksonville Beach, FL – Thursday, May 3

Longniddry Golf Club Lecture – East Lothian Scotland – Wednesday, October 10

Carnoustie Golf Memories Project Visit – Carnoustie, Scotland – Thursday, October 11

Carnoustie Golf Club Lecture – Carnoustie, Scotland – Friday, October 12

2017 Scotland Lecture Tour

Doctors of the Game® author Billy Dettlaff was engaged for a five-appearance lecture tour of Scotland in October 2017.  He made successful appearances in Musselburgh, East Lothian, St. Andrews, Dornoch and Edinburgh over a 12-day period from October 1 through October 12.

Loretto Academy – Musselburgh – Monday, October 2

World Hickory Open Championship Dinner – Keynote Speaker – Monday Evening, October 2

British Golf Museum – St. Andrews – Tuesday, October 3

University of the Highlands & Islands / Professional Golf Management – Dornoch – Friday, October 6

Glencorse Golf Club – Edinburgh – Tuesday, October 10


“Billy Dettlaff’s knowledge was imparted to a captive audience, with genuine warmth and enthusiasm.  He succeeded in condensing many years’ worth of dedicated research into a 45 minute lecture, no easy feat for someone who has pieced together the story of American golf in such meticulous and fascinating detail.  It was a fitting end to this season’s lecture series at the British Golf Museum and we sincerely hope there will be an opportunity for a further lecture from Billy in the near future.”

Angela Howe, Heritage and Museum Director of The Royal & Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews – 12 October 2017


“In my time I have been lucky enough to listen to David Huish, Nick Faldo, Bernard Gallacher and Tom Watson. Of these the highlight was Tom Watson. But they dealt with contemporary golf. The talk by Billy Dettlaff on the spread of the game to America from Scotland was extremely interesting, well researched and beautifully delivered. The influence of these pioneers from Scotland was huge and Billy’s talk captured it so well. This was one of the highlights of my golfing life.”

Peter Lowe, Past Captain Longniddry Golf Club / Past President Lothians Golf Association – 12 October 2017


About the Author  

BILLY DETTLAFF has over 40 years in the business of golf as a caddie, assistant professional, Director of Golf and Regional Director of Operations for one of golf’s leading golf management companies.  His tenured experience in the field is enhanced by a college major in Journalism/Photography with a Minor in Radio/TV/Film from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  He is an accomplished public speaker, a published author, collector and historian of the game having spent decades researching its history. These combined experiences allow him to deliver a unique view of the sport, which have be embodied in his latest book Doctors of the Game® released in September 2016.  Some of his notable personal achievements include:

  • State of the Game Podcast: http://stateofthegame.libsyn.com/sog-ep-74
  • Author – Golf History Modules for new PGA of America PGM 3.0 Program Materials – release date: Fall 2018
  • Author – A Storytellers Guide – THE PLAYERS & TPC Sawgrass – Approximately 40,000 copies
  • Author – PGA of America – The Official PGA Centennial Commemorative Book – Approximately 18,000 copies
  • Author –  Doctors of the Game® – A History of the Golf Profession released in Fall 2016
  • Creator of the TPC Sawgrass Storyteller Program – free docent program now in its 11th year offering clubhouse tours and a guided tour of the 16th, 17th (Island Green) and 18th holes
  • Authored the programming and instructor for HUG / HEAL Junior Golf Camp for Autism, serving children since 2009
  • Presenter on the PGA Merchandise Show Forum Stage – January 2016 to discuss the PGA Centennial Book where he was  Joined by Hal Sutton, John Steinbreder, Dennis Satysur and moderated by golf personality Matt Adams
  • Appeared on “Fairways of Life” nationally syndicated radio golf talk show hosted by Matt Adams – January 2016
  • PGA Education – Master Professional Adjunct Faculty Member since 2009
  • Speaker at PGA Education Conferences since early 1980s
  • Authored golf articles for various golf magazines including a monthly golf instruction feature for South Florida Golfer Magazine in the 1980s
  • Named by Golf Inc. Magazine in 2006 as one of golf’s “Most Admired Operators”
  • Board of Directors – American Junior Golf Association 2010-2018
  • Founder and Tournament Chairman since 2007 – The Junior PLAYERS Championship, TPC Sawgrass / PGA Tour
  • Consultant to the PGA Tour – The Junior PLAYERS Championship
  • Featured in January 2016 issue of PGA Magazine’s “PGA Profile”
  • Keynote Speaker – World Hickory Open Championship Dinner in Scotland 2017
  • Keynote Address – PGA Master Professional Legacy Luncheon – 2018 PGA Show Orlando, FL
  • Featured Speaker – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Faculty – University of North Florida – Started 2019 to present

Billy Dettlaff is available for speaking engagements, club operations assessments and consulting, golf photography, golf instruction, tournament operations, sports history research and history advisory consultant for entertainment and production products.

Billy Dettlaff and DOCTORS OF THE GAME® can provide a unique perspective on the business and the sport and is available to you and your company… Bring the spirit of the game and its rich history of honesty, integrity and persistence into your business arena… Bring the classic lessons and the perspectives that led to success in the business and sport of GOLF into your business as a roadmap for success…. Identify content advisors who can ensure that your production / product provides an authentic view of the sport and the business of golf…Contact DOCTORS OF THE GAME®  and the author directly for more information by using the form below.

Past Speaking Engagements:

  • British Golf Museum / Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews – St. Andrews, Scotland
  • World Hickory Open Championship Keynote Address – East Lothian, Scotland
  • Mississippi State University Professional Golf Management Program
  • Methodist University Professional Golf Management Program
  • Gulf States PGA Section Education Seminar
  • Norther Chapter / North Florida Section PGA Education Seminar
  • Northern Chapter / North Florida Section PGA Assistants Association Education Seminar
  • The Loretto School – Golf Academy, Musselburgh, Scotland
  • University of the Highlands & Islands Professional Golf Management Program – Dornoch, Scotland
  • The Willie Park Junior designed Glencorse Golf Club – Greater Edinburgh, Scotland
  • TPC Sawgrass Storyteller 10th Anniversary Celebration
  • PGA Education Seminar – Doctors of the Game® Lecture 2018 PGA Merchandise Show

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