Michigan's Most Spectacular
Rick Smith, PGA
From recreational golfers to winners on the PGA Tour, Rick Smith is recognized as one of the top instructors in the world. PGA Tour winners such as Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Lee Janzen, Rocco Mediate and many others have benefited from Rick's guidance. It's easy to see why.The philosophy of the Rick Smith & Jason Guss Golf Academy is simple: Help every player; regardless of skill level, develop to their highest potential.
Rick, Jason and their staff achieve success through clear communication, state-of-the-art video analysis technology, and a 2:1 student-to-teacher ratio — the lowest in the industry!
Henry Young, PGA Director of Instruction
Henry brings a wealth of experience to the Rick Smith & Jason Guss Golf Academy. He has been a member of the PGA since 1971 and has headed up the Rick Smith Golf Academy since its inception in 1990. A graduate of Duke University, Henry is consistently ranked by various magazines as a "Top 10 Instructor in Michigan." Henry has been a recipient of the Michigan Section's Teacher of the Year award and is hands down one of the best pure golf instructors in America.
What Students say about Henry: Henry Young was absolutely wonderful and such a joy to learn from! I don't think a person could be more kind, encouraging and thoroughly explicit. My husband accompanied me to Treetops but did not sign up for the school. After seeing bits of my instruction from Henry, he wished he had signed up as well.
Jason Guss, PGA Director of Golf Performance
Jason Guss is one of the brightest and most talented instructors anywhere. This is evidenced by his inclusion into Golf Digest's list of Americas Best Young Teachers. He has also twice been listed as one of the Top 20 Teachers under the age of 40 by the same publication. Guss was also one of 4 instructors to be selected by Golf Digest to film their first set of hour long instructional videos called The Golf Digest Clinic. Jason's innovative programs have allowed him to be selected by the Michigan Golf Course Owner's Association as the recipient of their Player Development award two out of the last three years.
What Students say about Jason: "Jason was by far the best instructor I have seen. His communication skills are excellent, his knowledge of the game was beyond anything I have seen and he made things simple and easy to understand."
I’ve had lessons with PGA Pro’s in the past and each, I believe, has an established method that they will force-feed no matter what the individuals problems are. Jason really takes the time to understand the “tweeks” or in my case-“the overhaul” required to satisfy the desires of each individual golfer.
Gary Bissell, Academy Instructor/Club Fitter
Gary Bissell brings a great deal of enthusiasm and passion to the Academy for the game he loves. This 4 year member of the Ferris State University Golf Team will provide the students of the Rick Smith & Jason Guss Golf Academy with valuable swing analysis, information on practice regimes, on course strategy and dealing with tournament situations and pressure. Gary is versed in the latest technology that the Academy offers its students and will be on hand to deliver top notch club fitting and club repair service to all resort guests.
What Students say about Gary: Our instructor, Gary, gave us some different ways of thinking about short game shots. We both liked Gary's ideas, especially on taking a more aggressive approach to chips and pitches. Since the school, I've increased my save percentage from 25% to 48% so I'm making great progress.
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