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Toledo Native Rick Smith to

Establish NewTeaching Academy

at Forest Dunes.

Rick Smith was

born and raised in

Toledo. He began

his career as a

golf professional

working for the



Kotnik at Toledo



After a stint in

Texas, he became acquainted

with Harry Melling, who

wanted to build a golf resort in

Northern Michigan, to attract

summer guests to his ski resort.

Smith worked for Melling at

Treetops Resort for many years and

was instrumental in the design of

the world-famous Threetops, par-

3 course, the Smith Signature and

Tradition courses atTreetops.

Throughout his career, Smith

taught many leading tour

professionals, Phil Mickelson,

Rocco Mediate, Lee Janzen,

Greg Norman and even Jack

Nicklaus can be counted among

his students. He is now bringing

this vast knowledge and

unique teaching style to Forest

Dunes located just outside of

Roscommon, Michigan.

Forest Dunes opened their Tom

Weiskopf designed, 18-hole

championship golf course in

2002 to rave reviews. They

have since added a spectacular

clubhouse and Lake Au Sable

Lodge for overnight guests.

In June, they opened the Tom

Doak designed, “Loop,” the only

reversible 18-hole golf course in

northAmerica.The unique design

plays to a par-70 on both the Red

and the Black courses, but golfers

will experience a completely

different routing each day.

Smith said of his recent

association with Forest Dunes,

“I could not be more pleased

to establish a Rick Smith Golf

Academy at Forest Dunes. I have

been all over the world as an

instructor and course designer

experiencing many of the top

golf destinations. I believe Forest

Dunes, with its three unique

world-class courses and practice

facility, will be the most talked

about golf destination in the

country over the next 5-10 years.

This is a tremendous opportunity

for me and the academy staff.”

Owners, Lew Thompson and

Sam Mathias purchased Forest

Dunes in 2012, and have

invested millions to improve

the facility. They have a vision

of creating one of the leading

golf destinations in the country.

Thompson said,

“Adding the Rick Smith Golf

Academy, with its award

winning instruction, is a perfect

fit and continues to help Forest

Dunes achieve its vision.”

Forest Dunes originalWeiskopf

design, plus the reversible,

“Loop” will be the talk of

golfers worldwide and a must-

see for every Golfaholic.

For more information about

the Rick Smith Golf Academy

at Forest Dunes visit: http://

You can also follow Rick on

Twitter at


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