by LYDIA COBB | photo by Tyler McElhaney

Gone Golfing

Bob Lamkin has lived in San Diego’s diverse neighborhoods for 30 years, from Coronado to Carmel Valley. His family business had relocated here from Chicago, where he was raised. When he found Santaluz, Bob explained, “It had everything we were looking for: a great community, an incredible golf club, and excellent schools for our children.” He and his wife have four kids. “In their own unique way,” related Bob, “each of them is achieving their goals and growing into a remarkable adult.” He also cherishes visits with his three young grandchildren. “When the entire family is assembled, we love spending time at Santaluz Country Club,” he shared. “Of course my wife, Michelle, is the critical success factor in keeping our family machine running smoothly.”

faces_lamkin1He majored in Criminal Justice at Benedictine College in Kansas. After college his ambition was to become a police officer. But his father needed help in the family business that produced grips for golf clubs. In 1987 Bob went to work with the sales, marketing, engineering, and manufacturing teams in the Lamkin Grips family tradition. It all started with his grandfather Elver Lamkin, who worked for a Chicago tannery. The sporting goods brand Wilson approached the tannery with a request for leather golf club grips. The tannery passed, but Elver manufactured those first leather grips from his garage (now made with patented high performance synthetics). Business was born. Bob shared, “In 2000 I stepped into the role of CEO and president and I’m proud to be the third generation Lamkin to run this great company.”

San Diego’s business climate is suggestive of a generous community, according to Bob. “I’m always struck by how often and how significantly business leaders step up to support various charitable causes and community enrichment programs,” he added. Volunteering and fundraising are important endeavors with Bob’s family. They support Wounded Warriors, local food banks, and cancer research and education.

“I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like as a police officer,” mentioned Bob, “But I know that even working in law enforcement, I would probably still be addicted to golf!” Family time is important, and they play golf together when schedules allow. Bob reflected that they’re all busy people, but nothing is better than quality time with his loved ones. This gives him a firm grip on life.


Name: Bob Lamkin
Profession: President and CEO of Lamkin Grips
Community: Santaluz since 2006
Interests: Golf, Chicago Blackhawks, fundraising and volunteering for Wounded Warriors and other charities (education and cancer research)
Favorite Local Spots: Santaluz Country Club, San Diego Country Club’