James A. (Jim) Johnson was born on January 16, 1952 in Sherman, Illinois. While still in high school, Jim began working at the Rail Golf Course, which at the time was still under construction. In 1977 he became superintendent of the golf course, the same year he graduated from Penn State University’s Turf Management program. In 1999, Jim became the General Manager of the Rail, overseeing all aspects of the golf course.