The Girlfriends Golf Experience is a customized, on-course clinic that educates and empowers your members.

Marcela Smith holds a USGA Advanced Rules Certification


Experiential Rules Clinic

Custom golf experiences that educate, entertain,, and empower golfers.

The Girlfriends Golf Experience has proven to:

  • Increase participation in women’s events and lessons

  • Drastically improve pace-of-play 

  • Reduce conflicts during competition

  • Enhance understanding of course behavior and golf course maintenance practices

  • Educate on USGA golf rules and WHS guidelines

  • Elevate enjoyment and confidence levels

The Girlfriends Golf Experience

This innovative approach to teaching the rules of golf takes golfers on a journey through various scenarios they commonly encounter during a round of golf. 

We provide an interactive learning environment that enables participants to feel at ease asking questions as we walk through real-life scenarios on the course.

This clinic demystifies the confusion that surrounds golf rules and protocols, ensuring students gain practical knowledge they can immediately apply to their game.

Imagine the positive impact this has on your club. Your members feel more at ease while interacting with other players, gain confidence, and enhance their enjoyment of the game – contributing to a more harmonious golf membership.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to revolutionize the way your members learn and retain the rules of golf.

Let’s elevate the game together!

Proven Success: Golf Professionals Rave About Our Program

"The experience was really flawless from start to finish. We received nothing but positive feedback. And we can't wait to host them again!"
Adam Miller
Director of Golf, The Verandah Club
"It was a phenomenal afternoon. The ladies loved the day, learned so much. 10 out of 10 - would recommend again and can't wait to do it again in the future!"
Taylor Arpaia
Head Golf Professional, The Old Collier Golf Club
“It was such a tremendous opportunity to work with these two fine ladies, with their ability to connect to my members, create a memorable experience, and ultimately make an impact in their golf game.”
Andrew Pelsz
Head Golf Professional Estero Country Club

Our Team of Instructors

Golf Rules Educator Marcela Smith

Marcela’s mission is to educate and empower golfers to lower their scores, prevent misunderstandings, and have more fun on the course. 

Marcela’s journey to master the rules of golf began during an amateur tournament at Pebble Beach in 2011, just a few years after taking up the game. Faced with an unplayable lie in a bunker, she confidently announced her desire to take stroke-and-distance relief, only to be challenged by the rest of the foursome and their caddies. The incident struck a chord with Marcela as she realized then that even seasoned players lacked a clear understanding of the rules.

Determined to bridge this knowledge gap, Marcela embarked on a journey to learn the intricacies of the game’s rules. Through attending USGA workshops and immersing herself in the rules, she went on to achieve the USGA Advanced Rules Certification.

Now, through the Girlfriends Golf Experience and the More Confident Golf Experience, Marcela takes players on the course, demonstrating essential rules and encouraging an open dialogue on course behavior, pace-of-play, and competition strategies. 

Sports Psychologist Dr. Shannon Reece

The More Confident Golf Experience will provide your members with a half-day golf school featuring three distinct segments:

  • Technical skill featuring your club’s own teaching professional
  • Mental toughness with sports psychologist Dr. Shannon Reece
  • The rules of golf with Marcela Smith

In The More Confident Golf Experience, Dr. Reece, Marcela and your teaching professional focus on both the mental and physical aspects of the game: helping golfers to achieve more significant improvements, faster results, and more enjoyment of the game due to increased confidence. 

Dr. Reece helps golfers understand the importance of mental preparation, focus, and visualization. She shares techniques to manage stress, anxiety, and negative self-talk. Her students learn to stay calm and focused under pressure and improve consistency.

Testimonials From Golf Professionals

“This clinic is a must for any golfer seeking to boost confidence and skills on the course, no matter your playing abilities. Marcela made it a fun and laid-back experience for all of our participants. I highly recommend Marcela's clinic to any club looking to add an educational and enjoyable experience for your members or guests."
John Sommers
Head Golf Professional, The Old Collier Golf Club
“The Girlfriends Golf Experience has been a valuable addition to our golf events calendar for the past three years. Marcela manages to make learning the rules easy and fun for beginners, while at the same time benefitting the more advanced players with her comprehensive understanding of all the rules and how they apply to our golf course.”
Jason Brustad, PGA
Director of Golf, The Crosby Club
“Inviting Marcela to your club will enhance your members’ experience, increase their passion for golf, and grow their confidence on the course. Over our two-day Girlfriends Golf Experience, Marcela conducted two teaching sessions covering golf rules, etiquette, and on-course strategies. The content was deeply informative without being overly formal, and fitting for golfers of all skill levels.  
Lauren C. Vernon
Marketing and Membership Director, Keene Trace Golf Club
“Our ladies here at The Saticoy Club left the Girlfriends Golf Experience with more confidence to play in events, comfortably communicate with each other regarding the rules, and enjoy a round while keeping great pace thanks to Marcela.  We cannot thank her enough for exposing the parts of the game that aren’t talked about enough.  While Marcela’s delivery was incredibly professional, her ability to get our players to absorb the information through humor and personal experience made everyone extremely receptive, myself included!”
Ben Edwards
Director of Golf, The Saticoy Club
"Our members loved the Girlfriends Golf Experience! The information presented was wonderful, and your terrific personality made the rules really interesting and fun."
Jan Usher
PGA/LPGA Director of Instruction, Montreux Golf & Country Club

What The Ladies Are Saying

Now Offering MSR Credits for PGA Professionals!

  • PGA Professionals will earn MSR credits by attending our clinics (included)
  • Book an additional clinic for your pro staff featuring 2023 rules changes, and recent important clarifications (additional cost) 

Our Clients Include:

  • NBC Sports
  • The Vintage Club
  • Tradition Golf Club
  • Martis Camp Club
  • The Saticoy Cub
  • The Santaluz Club
  • The Crosby Golf Club
  • Lahontan Golf Club
  • Schaffer’s Mill Golf Club
  • Gray’s Crossing Golf Club
  • Pasadera Golf Club
  • Women On Course at Arroyo Trabucco
  • LPGA Amateurs at Riverwalk Golf Club
  • Arrowood Golf Club
  • Heidi Richardson, PGA, Encinitas Ranch
  • The Club at Mediterra 
  • Old Collier Golf Club
  • The Verandah Club
  • Estero Country Club
  • Tiburon Golf
  • Palmira Country Club
  • Meadowood Golf & Tennis Club
  • Montreux Golf & Country Club
  • Clear Creek Tahoe
  • The Renaissance Club
  • Keene Trace Golf Club
  • Butterfield Country Club
  • Royal Fox Country Club
  • The Grove Country Club
  • River Forest Country Club  

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