Golf Instruction


The instructors at Smith are dedicated to helping you improve your game. They will help you determine what course you need to take to succeed in reaching your goals this summer and beyond. Their goal is to provide you with the best instruction, whether you are new to the game or you've been playing for years.

H. Smith Richardson's Professional Staff are available to teach seven days a week during the golf season. We encourage all golfers, new and experienced, to take advantage of the learning opportunities offered at "Smith" all season long. Please call the teaching professionals below to schedule a lesson. 

Contact:       Jim Alexander, PGA   203-255-7300

                     Mark Farrell, PGA   203-904-4449

                     Austin Rakiec, PGA Apprentice  203-537-0877


 Ages 18+    Fee: $125.00 for the series of 3 clinics

These clinics are for golfers who have experience and are interested in priming their swings for the season of golf ahead. Instructors, Mark Farrell, Director of Instruction and will cover the all-important fundamentals and get you ready and swinging with old friends and new friends alike. Each session will focus on a different aspect of the game with lessons being held either at the Driving Range or the Putting Green. To register call Mark at (203) 904-4449..  A minimum number of individuals must register so group may be held at least 5. 2019 dates below.

  Tuesdays, 5:15 - 6:15 PM 2019


 April 16

April 23

April 30



Putting Green

 Range - Irons

Range - Woods

Putting & Chipping




Be sure to check out all the Junior Golf Programs for the younger golfer in the family.


Jim Alexander, Head PGA Professional

Jim is entering his 14th year as the Head PGA Professional/General Manager at H. Smith Richardson Golf Course and the Carl Dickman Par 3. He turned professional in 1997 and was elected to PGA membership in 2001. Prior to coming to Fairfield, Jim was the Head PGA Professional at Candlewood Valley Golf Course in New Milford, CT for 4 years. Jim maintains a limited teaching schedule and specializes in teaching intermediate to advanced golfers.

Mark Farrell, PGA-Director of Instruction

Mark was elected to PGA membership in 2012 and is the Director of Instruction at H. Smith Richardson G C. He has extensive experience teaching all range of golfers from the very young to those playing their whole life. Whether you wish to lower your handicap, make your High School team, compete at a national level or are picking up the clubs for the first time, Mark’s approach is easily understood and simple to apply. Mark has competed in (17) USGA, R&A and PGA National Championships. A three time Connecticut player of the Year, Mark, has won a number of golf tournaments and has played competitively throughout the United States and Europe. For more info go to:

Austin Rakic, PGA Associate

Austin in joining the staff at Smith after serving 3 years as an assistant professional at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain, CT.  He is a 2016 graduate of the Golf Academy of the Carolinas and is an experienced instructor.