Instruction for Golfers of All Ages and Ability
In our golf academy we teach our students how to make a good golf swing but more importantly we give them a formula on how to repeat it. Whether we know it or not, what we are all striving to do is to hit our best shots more often, and when we do we become more free which allows us to experience more efficient motion.
Who We Are
Rick McCord has been golf professional for 42 years and is a member of the North Florida section of the Professional Golfer's Association of America. Rick has been Orange Lake's Golf Director and the Director of The McCord Golf Academy at Orange Lake since its inception in 1982.
What We Believe
The golf swing is a very intricate movement of the joints and muscles of the body which happens in a very short period of time. When someone plays well their experience is a very free effortless motion that is devoid of swing thoughts, and happens at a pace that feels as if they are not being rushed to the conclusion. The opposite is true when we play bad, the swing lacks rhythm, coordination and is experienced as being too quick.
Meet our Instructors
Frequently Asked Questions
Rick works with students in our regular clinic offerings throughout the week. Additionally, Rick works heavily with students in our VIP schools, and makes himself available for private instruction.
Our students have a wide range of handicaps from scratch players to beginners. The average student handicaps for our VIP schools with Rick McCord ranges from scratch to mid double-digits. Please keep in mind that students of all skill levels are welcome to attend any school or class, but be mindful that we have designed specific courses for students of varying abilities The staff professionals will ensure that we allow all students to progress at their own rate.
We believe that our schools are highly informative providing knowledge and skills about the golf swing and scoring shots that are not readily available via other instructional mediums. We will educate players about his or her game and enable students to manage their game and improve in the areas that are most needed.
All of our VIP clinics maintain a 4-to-1 teacher to student ratio. Regardless of class sizes, this ratio is maintained to ensure the highest quality experience for all students.
Yes, commuter students are welcomed to The McCord Golf Academy. Our Instructional Staff regularly instructs students who are not staying at Orange Lake Resort and Country Club.
Florida's tropical climate can occasionally throw a loop in golf plans. However, our world-class facilities are well suited for inclement weather. With our spacious classroom, video bay and awning covering a portion of our lesson tee, we are able to provide instruction, rain or shine!
The individual student best answers this question based on the following criteria: The student must evaluate whether they feel more comfortable in a group or individual setting. Clinics and golf schools are in a group setting, and have a specific agenda and format to follow. Our private instruction garners more personalized attention and is geared toward goals and ambitions of the individual student.
Orange Lake Resort and Country Club is the largest single site timeshare resort in the world. Presently, our spacious resort has in excess of 2500 units from 1 room hotel accommodations to 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms villas available for guests of the McCord Golf Academy. To inquire about special packages for accommodations during your stay, please contact our reservations department at Orange Lake by calling 407.239.0000 ext. 6075. Please visit www.orangelake.com for additional amenity information on Orange Lake.
There is no minimum age to participate in any of the instructional opportunities at The McCord Golf Academy. Our staff has developed specialized instructional opportunities to introduce or enhance the games of the youth of our sport. Our junior instructional camps, clinics and private lessons are highly revered.
Participation in any clinic or golf school at The McCord Golf Academy enables students to receive a 30% discount on green fees for any of the four golf courses at Orange Lake Resort.
The McCord Golf Academy has a wide variety of clubs available for students use at no charge. Our Instructional Staff will select equipment that fits the needs of the particular student.
We recommend travel into the Orlando International Airport or Sanford International Airport.
All of our instructors are accredited by the PGA and are certified to teach any skill level of golfer. If you have a specific instructor in mind, please mention his or her name upon reservation to check availability.