At the age of 15, having never picked up a golf club, Jimmy took a job as an apprentice greenkeeper at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club in his home village of Bridge of Weir, Scotland.
Within six short years, Jimmy worked his way up to head greenkeeper of the Killermont course at Glasgow Golf Club - one of the oldest golf clubs in the world. in time, Jimmy would be recognized as one of the world's foremost golf turf managers.
In 1982, Jimmy was offered the most prestigious post in Scotland, the Gleneagles Resort. During the quarter century he was there as Estates and Golf Courses Director, Jimmy prepared Gleneagles' courses for 17 championships, including eight PGA European Tour Scottish Opens and was the first to be awarded the European Certificate for Environmental Excellence. He played an integral role in the successful bid to bring the 2014 Ryder Cup to Scotland. Jimmy also served at the 2000 President's Cup matches, working with the PGA of America as a representative of host Fancourt resort.
Jimmy subsequently spent three years as Director of Golf Operations at the exquisite Sandy Lane resort on Barbados, where he prepared the Country Club course for the World Cup of Golf and coordinated the first Caribbean Golf Turf Maintenance vocational qualification.
Among his many accomplishments, Jimmy is also the company's chief agronomist and fine wine aficionado.