Richard Smith

I'm a member of Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee. Holston is an old Donald Ross layout that is essentially unchanged from its original design over 75 years ago. I usually play between a 1 to a 5 handicap and enjoy playing in local and statewide tournaments. I fell in love with links golf on my first trip to the UK in 1980, and I've had the privilege of playing all of the current and past venues of the Open Championship, having completed the rotation several years ago when I was able to play Musselburgh Old. I'm trying to branch out and play as many top courses as possible and will try my best to give an honest and interesting review of the courses I play.

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Arcadia Bluffs (South) 16/09/2021

18th Michigan - Best in Area
The South course is a fantastic layout, physically located about a mile from the Bluffs course at Arcadia but a million miles away in terms of style and playability. The...

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Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs) 16/09/2021

12th Michigan - Best in Area
This is a big, dramatic course that will exhilarate you with the sights and challenges that you encounter. The course is set on the shores of Lake Michigan and is framed...

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Belvedere 15/09/2021

23rd Michigan - Best in Area
Wow, what a fun golf course to play. Something about this old throwback course reminded me of Lawsonia Links in Wisconsin, which is a personal favorite of mine. The co...

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Dunmaglas 15/09/2021

45th Michigan - Best in Area
This is a course I took in during a recent trip to Northern Michigan. My wife and I were in Charlevoix and decided to play here. I guess I have to give this course just...

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Forest Dunes (Weiskopf) 15/09/2021

7th Michigan - Best in Area
The Forest Dunes resort is an outstanding golf destination. This course is the original flagship course and I believe it has stood the test of time well. I have always...

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UNC Finley 28/06/2021

53rd North Carolina - Best in Area
Wow, what a pleasant surprise this course was. I was in the area and needed t find a public access course. All three University courses were recommended (Lonnie Poole a...

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Kenwood (Kendale) 21/06/2021

28th Ohio - Best in Area
It was great fun to play the recently renovated/restored Kindale course at Kenwood country club. The course was originally designed by Bill Diddle, a name not too famili...

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Island Pointe 18/06/2021

25th Tennessee - Best in Area
I played here quite a bit when it was known as River Islands, and I have only played once since the switch to Bermuda greens. This unique golf course winds its way acros...

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Mirimichi (Championship) 18/06/2021

16th Tennessee - Best in Area
I was really looking forward to playing Mirimichi. When I lived in Memphis during the early 1980's I would often make my way out to the Old Woodstock Hills course, and I...

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The Course at Sewanee 10/05/2021

14th Tennessee - Best in Area
I have fond memories of the course at Sewanee. I grew up in nearby Chattanooga, and occasionally my dad would take me to Sewanee as a special place to play on the weeken...

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Southern Dunes 20/04/2021

57th Florida - Best in Area
Wow this course was the surprise of a recent trip to Florida that my wife and I took to play some of the courses in the area. It's less than a 30-minute drive from the O...

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World Woods (Rolling Oaks) 20/04/2021

39th Florida - Best in Area
As the companion course to the more highly rated Pine Barrens Rolling Oaks will certainly always face comparison to its neighbor. The terrain is actually quite good, esp...

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World Woods (Pine Barrens) 20/04/2021

11th Florida - Best in Area
Pine Barrens is an interesting golf course. Along with its sister course, Rolling Oaks, the course is set in some interesting rolling land. This allowed designer Tom Fa...

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The Cardinal 15/08/2020

61st North Carolina - Best in Area
I have a lot to agree with in the previous review. Many classic Pete Dye elements here but this is in general and enjoyable and fun layout. The front nine was pretty ti...

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Sedgefield 15/08/2020

14th North Carolina - Best in Area
The course is currently hosting the Wyndham Championship on the PGA tour and it is a fine layout. There is quite a bit more elevation change than you can appreciate on t...

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