Meet the Team: GGGA Golf Coach Carlos “Ico” Pasarell

Ico started playing golf with his father at the eight years old in his hometown of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Spending time with his father, who doubled as his golf instructor, instilled the love of golf in Ico from the start.  The Pasarell family moved to Orlando, Florida in 1982. As he grew into his teenage years, Ico continued to develop his game and golf provided him scholarship opportunities to Valencia College and the University of Central Florida.

Ico had amazing and positive experiences through golf, enriching his love for the sport.  He had the honor of spending personal time with Arnold Palmer, who became his favorite player, not because of his success, but because of his great spirit and love for the game.

In 1989, Ico became a professional golfer at the Country Club of Orlando under the tutelage of Golf Professional Emeritus William G. Sellers.  In the spring of ’93, he completed his 4th year at UCF and then traveled abroad, as an instructor, to Horten, Norway, where he taught golf at Borre Golf Klubb for two years.  In 1995, Ico returned to Florida and in the past 22 years, he’s had amazing leadership and playing opportunities starting with Arnold Palmers Bay Hill Lodge and Country Club and playing in various professional mini-tours.  In 2004, he became the head teaching professional at Rio Pinar Country Club. 

During his time at Rio Pinar, Ico worked with various young professional players from mini-tours, tour, Rob Oppenheim, Champions tour, Gene Jones and Symetra / LPGA player Loris Atsedes.  Although he had an impressive tenure at Rio Pinar, in 2013 he moved on to become the Director of Golf at Alaqua Country Club.

Recently, Ico has come to join us here at GGGA and he is excited to return to his love of coaching and spend more time focused on helping students develop their game. Ico feels like he has found his true home as a coach. He is passionate about mentoring and passing on his knowledge to aspiring pros.  He knew the moment he walked into GGGA that he would gain more than the fulfillment of sharing what he knows, but it’s an opportunity for him to grow as a coach and become an integral “part of such a successful system of training.”