Rick Smith

Instructor | Designer | Author | Entrepreneur


In addition to achieving great success in golf as a teacher, designer and communicator, Rick Smith is regarded as one of the PGA Tour’s best sounding boards for swing advice. In 2009, Rick was ranked as the number two golf instructor in the world by PGA Tour players and since 2000, Rick has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten golf instructors in the world; both polls were done by Golf Digest Magazine.

Rick's  notable clients have included major champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, David Duval, Paul Azinger, John Daly and Greg Norman. Adding to that list, Rick has assisted PGA Tour winners Rory Sabbatini, Chris DiMarco, Rocco Mediate, Jerry Kelly, Billy Mayfair, Matt Kuchar, and Billy Andrade among others.

Smith is also a respected and noted author. He is currently a teaching editor for Golf Digest Magazine. He previously served as instruction writer for Golf Magazine. He has also written Major Series publications. Smith is author of the 1998 book “How to Find Your Perfect Golf Swing,” published by Broadway Books, which is regarded as one of the top instruction books in the industry. Over his career, Smith’s many honors include being appointed Michigan’s “Golf Ambassador” by Governor John Engler, and Golf Magazine has repeatedly honored him as one of America’s “Top 100 Teachers.”

Rick currently operates Rick Smith Golf Academies at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon, Michigan

Rick Smith’s love for hosting golf instructional shows on television began in 1994. That year, he developed “The Rick Smith Signature Series.” The “Signature Series” golf instruction was seen by worldwide television audiences on ESPN International, TSN (Canada), and Fox Sports Net. The “Signature Series” ran for five years until Rick signed an exclusive golf content deal with the Golf Channel in 1999. At the Golf Channel, Rick became part of the “Dream Team of Instructors” which consistently offered viewers instructional tips to improve their golf game. Rick has also hosted “Inside the PGA Tour” and has been a commentator and analyst for both NBC and ESPN telecasts of golf tournaments.

In 2012 Rick was inducted into the State of Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.  Additionally, Smith has been named National Teacher of the Year, National Golf Professional of the Year and National Merchandiser of the Year. Rick has also designed nine award-winning golf courses in the USA in addition to those he is currently building in China with Phil Mickelson.

Rick Smith Golf Academy

Oakland University. Rochester, Michigan (248) 364-6300


The Rick Smith Golf Academy offers customized programs for all golfers from beginners to PGA Tour players. Rick and his elite staff of instructors achieve success by focusing on the fundamentals of the game, providing club‐fitting analysis, keeping a minimal student/teacher ratio to allow for personalized instruction, and using clear communication and state‐of‐the‐art swing analysis video technology.


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Rick Smith Premier –The Rick Smith Premier Session offers students a full swing instructional session with Rick Smith. The program is limited to six students, and includes 3.5 hours of instruction with assistance from Academy instructors. Using state-of-the-art technology, each student will receive a personalized video analysis conducted by Rick Smith. Premier sessions offer a minimal student-to-teacher ratio, ensuring the needs of your game are attended to directly throughout the session.

3-Day Classic—The most complete golf school offered at the RSGA, involving all forms of instruction such as short game, full swing, equipment analysis, golf course management, and proper practice habits. The Classic is an 18-hour program over three days and includes lunch with your instructor.

3-Day Workshop—Three consecutive days of 4-hour sessions, for a total of 12 hours of instruction dedicated to full swing, short game, and advanced practice techniques.

Masters (1 or 2 Day)—Our most popular program consists of two consecutive half-day sessions for a total of 8 hours of instruction involving full swing and short game techniques.  Choose to do just one day if you would like to focus solely on Short Game or Full Swing, Day 1 is Short Game, Day 2 is Full Swing.

The Tour Experience (1 Day)--The “Tour Experience” offers you the complete game assessment package.  Receive personalized instruction utilizing world renowned state-of-the-art analysis technology used by the top players on the PGA and LPGA Tours. Your instructor will use this information to help diagnose and address areas for improvement in your technique and equipment.  The Experience also includes on-course coaching which will incorporate course management and mental aspects of the game.  This program consists of 6 hours of training, four hours on the range and two hours on-course. 

Couples Golf School—The “Couples School” is a two-day program with 6 hours of instruction.  Couples will enjoy learning and fine-tuning their full swing and short game together, using the “Buddy System”. 


PRIVATE LESSONS--Private golf lessons with a Rick Smith Golf Academy Instructor will provide you with a personalized approach to game improvement.  Our one hour, private lessons are tailored to meet the needs of the beginner as well as the most advanced player.  Full swing lessons may include state-of-the-art video analysis as well as Trackman radar technology so you can fully understand and see your swing improvement.  Short game and on-course lessons are also encouraged.

¤Rick Smith Private Lessons—based on availability.

¤Adult 1-Hour

¤Adult 5-Series of Lessons

¤Adult 10-Series of Lessons.

¤Season-Long Coaching

¤Junior 1-Hour

¤Junior 5-Series of Lessons

¤Junior Season-Long Coaching (16 hours of private instruction & 4 9-hole playing lessons)

Award Winning Course Design

Rick Smith has won dozens of awards and accolades for his skill as a golf course designer. The list includes his Signature course at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich., Arcadia Bluffs on Lake Michigan and Wuskowhan Player's Club in Mount Olive, Mich., and at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York which hosted several PGA Tour Events.  Rick Smith has won dozens of awards and accolades for his skill as a golf course designer. .  Additionally, Rick is Vice President of the Phil Mickelson Design Group.  Rick and Phil are currently working on numerous course designs throughout China.


Rick Smith is represented and managed by the team at Fidelity Sports Group, LLC.

Please Call 407.420.1500 with media or business inquiries.

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