Michigan Golf School

Rick Smith Golf Academy —
One of Golf Magazine's "Top 25 Golf Schools in America" in Michigan's Most Spectacular Learning Environment!

          Better golf begins with better instruction. Search, but you won't find more experienced, highly-skilled instructors than those at Treetops. In fact, the Rick Smith Golf Academy is Michigan's only three-time, Top 25 golf school. 

          Treetopslessons.jpgThere are 3 variables that lead to playing better golf.  Great Instruction - we have it as evidenced by the litany of awards garnered by our intructors (click here to see); Cutting Edge Technology - No different than what ALL of the world's top players from every TOUR use including Rick Smith's stable of players; World Class Golf Experience - Not only do we provide a world class practice facility (for all seasons), but we provide 81 Spectacular holes to perfect your game.

Student Testimonial: "The quality of instruction was second to none.  The course content was perfect for my skill level.  I did not feel overwhelmed.  In fact, I left more excited about the game than ever, know I had some very doable improvements to work on."   

  Whether you're looking to enhance your full swing, hone your short game or get out on the course to put yourself in real golf situations, our instructors will help you maximize your skills, increase your confidence and lower your score.

Lessons and programs are booked through The Rick Smith Golf Academy.

Treetops Resort offers elegant accommodations, fine dining and spectacular golf on all five courses and can include these in any Academy program.

Continuity, Longevity, Reliability, Quality, Innovation

          These traits define the Rick Smith Golf Academy, one of America's best.  The Rick Smith Golf Academy is the oldest, continuously operated and most highly acclaimed golf school in Michigan.  Founded by Rick Smith and Henry Young, the Academy was established at Treetops in 1990 and has been under their expert guidance ever since. 

          From its inception, the over-riding philosophy of the Academy has been clear communication, quality instruction and individualized attention.  Regarding the latter, the Rick Smith Golf Academy was the only school in the nation to have a 2:1 student/teacher ratio in Golf Magazine's first "Top 25" ranking.Rick_and_Taylor350.jpg

Continuity - Under the guidance of Rick Smith and Henry Young since its inception.

Longevity - Established in 1990

Reliability - As new swing methods come and go, the same guiding principle of sound fundamentals tailored to each student define the Academy's approach now as in its first year of operation in 1990.

Quality - In Golf Magazine's bi-annual "Top 25 Golf Schools in America", the Rick Smith Golf Academy was one of a few in America and the ONLY school in the Midwest to receive the accolade 3 times.  In one issue when the rankings were placed in order, the Rick Smith Golf Academy placed 7th ahead of notable schools lead by David Leadbetter, Hank Haney, Jim McLean and Butch Harmon.  There are multiple factors in determining this award, but the major contributing factor is student feedback.  We're proud that our past students are our best marketing tool.

Innovation - This Academy has long been revered in the golf industry as THE place to learn from the best.  However, the world class instructors do not rest on their laurels.  Each year, they continue to learn more about innovative technology and teaching techniques that accelerate the learning process for all of our students.   

Student Testinomial: "Showing us what we were doing & what we should be doing by way of video was very effective.  The take home video that we can refer back to throughout the year was a big plus."

 


2014 Programs and Rates

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Rick Smith was voted by PGA TOUR
players as a Top 4 Instructor on TOUR

After years of helping the best players in the world on TOUR, Rick Smith will bring his talents back to where his illustrious career began.  Now you too can learn from one of the greatest instructors in the world by either signing up for the TOUR Performance School, a Premier Session or a Private Lesson with Rick.  See your options below:

Rick Smith TOUR Performance School - - Men, Ladies, Juniors

This school is designed for the player who would like to get a PGA TOUR training experience from Rick Smith.  Rick has coached Championship winning TOUR players from Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate to Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Raymond Floyd.  His current group of students includes Jerry Kelly, Rory Sabbatini, Sang-Moon Bae and Brendan Steele.  Rick is one of the top 4 TOUR instructors as evidenced in a recent PGA TOUR survey.  This program includes instruction in all areas of the game encompassing the full swing, short game and mental approach.  The TOUR Performance School combines world class instruction on the lesson tee using the latest technology as well as on course instruction.

Double Occupancy Package Rate:  $2737 (Call for Single Occupancy Rates)

•    2 nights lodging in the Lodge (based on double occupancy)
•    2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
•    8 hours of instruction
•    UNLIMITED golf
•    Rick Smith Golf Academy Gift
•    2:1 Student to Teacher Ratio, 4 Student Maximum

Non-Lodging Rate - $2,400.00

Available Dates

•    May 29 - 31
•    June 26 - 28
•    July 24 -  26
•    August 28 - 30
•    September 25 – 27

Rick Smith Premier Sessions - Men, Ladies, Juniors

The Academy is proud to announce the return of one of its most popular programs ever.  The Rick Smith Premier Session, a ½ day full swing session with Rick Smith helped countless golfers improve their games rapidly over the years.  For over a decade, Rick Smith has been one of America’s top instructors and has been voted by his peers as the top instructor in Michigan for 15 straight years.  With a maximum of 4 students and an industry best 2:1 student to teacher ratio, this program is a wonderful opportunity for you to have your golf swing critiqued and fine tuned by one of the top instructors in the world.

Rate:  $600

•    3.5 hours of instruction
•    Rick Smith Golf Academy Gift
•    2:1 Student to Teacher Ratio, 4 Student Maximum
o    Call for Lodging Rates

2 student minimum

Available Dates
 
•    May 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23
•    June Dates TBD
•    July Dates TBD
•    August Dates TBD
•    September Dates TBD


3 Day "Complete Game" School - Men, Women 

The 3-Day "Complete Game" School is the ultimate school to get your game on the right path.  The program runs from 8:30 - 4:00 daily (with a mid-day break) with instruction on all aspects of the game including full swing, short game, problem lies and on course instruction.  The "Complete Game" School provides each student with the tools, as well as the necessary time, for a more complete and detailed curriculum.

Lodging Package: 

Double Occupancy PACKAGE RATE - $1934 (call for Single Occupancy Rate)

•    3 nights lodging in The Lodge (based on double occupancy)
•    3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner        16 1/2 hours of instruction
•    UNLIMITED golf
•    Rick Smith Golf Academy Gift
•    Full Swing Video Analysis
•    2:1 Student to Teacher Ratio, 4 Students Maximum

NON LODGING RATE - $1475

Available Dates

•    May 12 – 14
•    May 27 – 29
•    June 24 -26
•    July 8 – 10
•    July 22 – 24
•    August 19 – 21
•    September 2 – 4

Weekend Workshop - Men, Women

Since the inception of the Golf Academy, this has been the most popular golf school.  This 3-day, half day program that is instructed by Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year, Henry Young, provides each student with a clear, concise blueprint for game improvement.  This is the perfect school to work on your game and still have time to enjoy Michigan's Most Spectacular Golf Courses.

Lodging Package:  

Double Occupancy PACKAGE RATE - $1286 (call for Single Occupancy Rate)

•    2 nights lodging in the Lodge (based on double occupancy)
•    2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
•    10 1/2 hours of instruction
•    UNLIMITED golf
•    Rick Smith Golf Academy Gift
•    Full Swing Video Analysis
•    2:1 Student to Teacher Ratio, 4 Students Maximum

Available Dates

•    May 16 – 18
•    May 23 – 25
•    May 30 - June 1
•    June 13 – 15
•    June 20 – 22
•    June 27 – 29
•    July 4 – 6
•    July 11 – 13
•    July 25 – 27
•    August 8 – 10
•    August 15 – 17
•    August 29 – 31
•    September 5 – 7
•    September 19 – 21
•    September 26 – 28

Non Lodging Rate: $975

1 / 2 Day School - Men, Women

The Half Day School is a 3 1/2 hour golf school.  Instruction is given on 3 consecutive days.  Day 1: Putting from 1:30pm - 5pm; Day 2: Full Swing from 8:30am - 12pm; Day 3: Chipping, Pitching and Bunkers from 8:30am - 12pm.  Students can attend their option of all 3 days, just 2 days or even just 1 day choosing which discipline(s) they’d like to work on.

Package Options:

•    1 night lodging with 1 day school and Unlimited Golf: $464 (Call for Single Occupancy Rates)
•    1 night lodging with 2 day school and Unlimited Golf: $789 (Call for Single Occupancy Rates)
•    2 nights lodging with 2 day school and Unlimited Golf: $854 (Call for Single Occupancy Rates)
•    2 nights lodging with 3 day school and Unlimited Golf: $1254 (Call for Single Occupancy Rates)
•    3 nights lodging with 3 day school and Unlimited Golf: $1318 (Call for Single Occupancy Rates)

2 student minimum

All Packages include…

•    Rick Smith Golf Academy Gift

Available Dates

•    May 20 – 22
•    June 9 – 11
•    June 17 – 19
•    July 14 – 16
•    August 5 – 7
•    August 26 – 28
•    September 9 – 11
•    September 16 - 18

Non Lodging Rates: 1 Day - $350; 2 Days - $675; 3 Days - $975

Beginner Golf School - A Golf 2.0 Initiative -  Men, Women, Juniors

A fun and informative introduction to the game of golf.  Spend 3 hours with us and see if you might enjoy the game of a lifetime!

Non-Lodging Rate - $250

•    3 hours of instruction
•    Rick Smith Golf Academy Gift
•    2:1 Student to Teacher Ratio, 4 Students Maximum

Available Dates

•    May 24
•    June 7
•    July 19
•    August 23

Couples Golf School - A Golf 2.0 Initiative - Men, Women

The Couples Golf School is a two-day program that entails 6 hours of instruction.  Couples will enjoy learning and/or fine tuning their game together at one of the Top 25 Golf Schools in America.  The school covers important aspects and fundamentals of the full swing and short game.

Double Occupancy Package Rate:  $1372 per couple (Call for Single Occupancy Rate)

•    2 nights lodging in the Lodge (based on double occupancy)
•    2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
•    6 hours of instruction
•    UNLIMITED golf
•    Rick Smith Golf Academy Gift
•    4:1 Student to Teacher Ratio, 8 Students Maximum

Non-Lodging Rate - $750 per couple

Available Dates

•    May 18 -  20
•    June 1 -  3
•    June 29 -  July 1
•    July 27 -  29
•    August 3 -  5
•    August 24 -  26
•    September 7 -  9
•    September 21 – 23


Junior Development Program (JDP) - A Golf 2.0 Initiative - Juniors (Boys and Girls)
This program provides a platform for a junior golfer's continued development.  The student will receive 4 hours of instruction per month for five months working on all aspects of the game.  This program gives our students their own private golf academy with swing analysis technology to allow them to reach their goals. 

•    Walking Membership on the 4 1/2 Star Rick Smith Tradition Course
•    Rick Smith Golf Academy Gift
•    1:1 Student/Teacher ratio with 20 hours of instruction

Limited to 8 students per instructor

JDP Rate: $2500 with Rick Smith
JDP Rate: $2000 with Henry Young

Junior Elite Performance School - Juniors (Boys and Girls)

This 1-day Junior Performance School is perfect for the junior looking to elevate his/her game. With 3 hours of instruction in the morning and 2 hours of on-course instruction, it’s perfect for understanding the proper fundamentals of all aspects of the game, as well as lowering scores. 

Package:  $ TBA

•    1 lunch with Henry Young
•    3 hours of instruction on the lesson tee and 2 hours of on course instruction
•    Rick Smith Golf Academy Gift
•    3:1 Student to Teacher Ratio

Non-Lodging Rate - $499.00

Available Dates

•    June 15 - 17
•    July 1 - 3
•    August 11 - 13

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION - Men, Women, Juniors

•    Private hourly and series sessions are available, please call for rates
•    A two hour lesson is encouraged for first time students
•    Video analysis is done with every full swing lesson

ACADEMY INSTRUCTORS

PRIVATE LESSON

•    Rick Smith, PGA - $400.00 per hour
•    Henry Young, PGA- $150.00 per hour

  • Series of 4 lessons with Rick Smith, PGA - $1500
  • Series of 4 lessons with Henry Young, PGA - $550

2 PERSON SEMI PRIVATE

  • Rick Smith, PGA - $250 per hour, per person
  • Henry Young, PGA - $100 per hour, per person



CORPORATE/GROUP OUTINGS

The Rick Smith Golf Academy offers a variety of options for corporate outings. Whether you choose to come to Treetops or arrange your outing elsewhere, we can customize a program for any size group and still provide the personal instruction we're known for.  Depending on daily agenda and objective of your meeting/outing, the Rick Smith Golf Academy can be a valued amenity to enhance your golfing experience.

For more information or to reserve your golf instruction through The Rick Smith Golf Academy, click here now or please call  prompt 7, or dial the Rick Smith Golf Academy at 989-731-8485.

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