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Joel Aptaker

PGA Instructor


PGA Crest

Auburn Hills/Detroit adjacent, MI
Rick Smith Golf Academy, Rochester Hills, MI

About Joel

As a junior in Los Angeles, I won a city Championship. I did not compete while I was attending college at the University of Florida or while working for a bank or owning a real estate appraisal business. I started to compete again after becoming a member of a private country club and won the match play championship. In my late 30's, I decided to change careers to become a PGA member. During the 30+ years that followed after working at numerous clubs and having been the Director of Instruction at 2 resorts, I am now a PGA instructor at the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Oakland University. I have spent much of time studying bio-mechanics and kinesiology to better understand how the correct movements of the body work to develop an efficient and effective golf swing. In addition, my extensive study of psychology has given me the understanding of how to be consistent in the swing and how to make good decisions in course management.


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Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Learn the basics

Get comfortable for business golf

Having More Fun

Have more fun on the course

Connect with golfers of similar skill

Connect with golfers of similar age

Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 80

Improve your Short Game

Make the high school golf team

Get swing diagnostic testing

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Earn a college golf scholarship

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Joel's Facilities

Rick Smith Golf Academy

Rochester Hills MI

*Coaching available to public

2200 N Squirrel Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309-4402