Rick Smith & I, at the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Trump Doral in Miami, Florida, in April of 2018.
Rick Smith & I, at a clinic at the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, in June of 2017.
Me (white hat) with Rick Smith and PGA Tour player, Jerry Kelly, at the Buick Open.
Rick Smith has been called golf's renaissance man as a teacher, course designer, author & TV personality. He's one of the premier names in golf instruction and has consistently been ranked as one of the top instructors in the world! He's been seen & featured countless times on Golf Channel and many other networks. Rick's past & present list of PGA Tour students includes: Jack Nicklaus -- perhaps the greatest player ever; multiple major winner Phil Mickelson; fan favorite John Daly; 2-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen; 2000 Buick Open Champion & 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate; Vijay Singh; former world #1 player Greg Norman; Jerry Kelly; Brendan Steele and many, many others. He established the Rick Smith Golf Academy at several prestigious facilities across the United States. Of his numerous award-winning course designs, one of his most special is his "Signature" course at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan. Smith is a GOLF Magazine "Top 100 Teacher", a Golf Digest "Top 50 Teacher", and also the author of his fabulous book entitled, "How to find your perfect golf swing".
I have also instructed Junior golfers during my years of working at prestigious resorts like Treetops and Crooked Tree (Boyne USA Resorts).
I conducted Adult and Junior clinics at the Great Lakes Golf & Sports Complex (formerly called Mulligan's Golf Center), in Auburn Hills, Michigan -- where I taught full-time & year-round for 13 years (1999-2012).
While working at Desert Mountain, in Scottsdale, Arizona, I often assisted with the Jack Nicklaus & Jim Flick (Nicklaus/Flick) Golf Schools.
I worked at Black Diamond Ranch, a prestigious & extremely private club located in Lecanto, Florida. Multiple TV promo's and national commercials have been filmed on their famous 15th hole on the Quarry Course!
Multiple times at the Buick Open (a former PGA Tour event that was held at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan), I was hired by Buick Motor Division to give free golf lessons to any spectator at the Buick Open. Each time that I had that amazing opportunity, upwards of 100 spectators a day came through the special "Buick lesson area" to take a free video lesson with me! It was a tremendous opportunity to meet hundreds of excited Michigan golfers!
"Bob, really, really cool website! I enjoy seeing the changes and updates that you often make. You've been around a number of athletes who play at the highest level. You also have a very good understanding of the golf swing, and as to what it takes to help people with their game. You're a hell of an instructor -- and a very good guy as well. At your young age you are a very knowledgeable instructor too -- and with your high energy it's easy to see that you love what you do! It's always great to see you again, and I'm glad you made it out here to Phoenix so we could play. As always, all the best, and continued success!" - Jerry Foltz, Golf Channel & NBC Sports
Butch Harmon & I at a clinic in northern Michigan
David Leadbetter & I at a Cadillac instructional clinic in 2006
The late Jim Flick & I at the 2009 Michigan Section PGA Teaching Summit. I owe a lot of thanks to Jim, as he helped me with my swing just days prior to me competing in the PGA's Player's Ability Test (PAT) in 1994, which I successfully passed on my first attempt! Thanks again Jim...you are dearly missed.
Long-time friend, Jerry Foltz, from the Golf Channel & NBC Sports, with LPGA Tour player Natalie Gulbis, and I, at the 2015 LPGA Tour's Meijer Classic
Rocco Mediate & I at the 2000 Buick Open (which he won)!
Lee Janzen & I at the Grand Opening of the Rick Smith "Signature" course at Treetops North in Gaylord, Michigan, in July, 1993 (Janzen had just won the 1993 U.S. Open at Baltusrol Golf Club three weeks earlier)!
Kraig Kann, formerly of the Golf Channel, and I, at the 2015 LPGA Tour's Meijer Classic
Brian Hammons & Brian Hewitt, former on-air personalities from Golf Channel, about to interview me at Oakland Hills during the 2004 Ryder Cup
Mark Rolfing, from Golf Channel & NBC Sports, at the Oakland Hills during the 2004 Ryder Cup