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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Chickasaw 16/09/2019

Gem USA - Best in Area
I really enjoyed my recent round at Chickasaw. I had played Lawsonia links this summer and I was keen to try out this old classic design. In addition I was very favorab...

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Yeamans Hall 26/08/2019

2nd South Carolina - Best in Area 48th USA Ranking 53rd North America Ranking
I've wanted to play Yeamans Hall for a number of years and it was well worth the wait. This is classic old school architecture by famed architect Seth Raynor at its best...

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Bulls Bay 26/08/2019

14th South Carolina - Best in Area
This was a fun course to play and a great challenge as well. Mike Stranz designed a number of interesting courses and Bull's Bay may be the best of the bunch. An extraor...

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Sand Valley (Mammoth Dunes) 30/07/2019

4th Wisconsin - Best in Area
Mammoth is a fine course and David McLay Kidd and his team deserve a great deal of praise for designing such a fun but challenging layout. The course plays around larger...

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Lawsonia (Links) 30/07/2019

7th Wisconsin - Best in Area
Lawsonia links is a wonderful inland layout in the heartland of Wisconsin. It is situated just about midway between the Kohler resort on Lake Michigan and Sand Valley, t...

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Belle Meade 22/06/2019

17th Tennessee - Best in Area
Belle Meade is a nice private course set in a posh part of Nashville. The original Ross design has been modified through the years and the course as it appears today pro...

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Bear Trace at Harrison Bay 22/06/2019

18th Tennessee - Best in Area
I was able to play Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in the Tennessee senior match play championship. This was the first time I had played here even though I live less than 100...

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Cuscowilla 20/06/2019

3rd Georgia - Best in Area
Cuscowilla is an outstanding Coore/Crenshaw design that is now over 20 years old. The course is set on the shore of Lake Oconnee about an hour east of Atlanta and is a p...

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The Grove 17/05/2019

14th Tennessee - Best in Area
The Grove is a modern Greg Norman design located just southeast of the metro Nashville area. The course is set in a very high end housing development with some of the su...

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Wakefield Plantation 28/04/2019

68th North Carolina - Best in Area
This course was originally one of the TPC course developments sponsored by the PGA tour. Essentially what you have is a housing development that happens to have a golf c...

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Tot Hill Farm 25/04/2019

66th North Carolina - Best in Area
First off I have to say I am a big Mike Stranz fan. I have played Caledonia and True Blue multiple times through the years and I am a big fan of Tobacco Road. On a rece...

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Raleigh 25/04/2019

30th North Carolina - Best in Area
Raleigh is likely Donald Ross’s last design and I must say he finished on a high note. The course is set on beautiful rolling land just east of the city. The course flo...

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Treyburn 25/04/2019

51st North Carolina - Best in Area
Treyburn is a nice Tom Fazio design just north of Durham, North Carolina. He course is laid out among rolling hills and has some pretty significant elevation changes thr...

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Old Town 21/04/2019

2nd North Carolina - Best in Area 36th USA Ranking 40th North America Ranking 76th World Ranking
Old Town is a 1939 Perry Maxwell design set on a beautiful piece of rolling land just north of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Led by the efforts of Dunlop White III Old...

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Estancia 10/02/2019

2nd Arizona - Best in Area
This is a stunning Fazio design that rates among the best Fazio courses I have played. By chance my wife and I met a member last year in California and he invited us to...

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Grayhawk (Raptor) 10/02/2019

40th Arizona - Best in Area
Both courses at Grayhawk are solid desert courses that are fun to play. I would say that neither course is outstanding but both courses are well conditioned, aesthetical...

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We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro) 10/02/2019

7th Arizona - Best in Area
Wow I really enjoyed this course. I played both courses at We-ko-pa and I thought the Saguaro to be both the stronger of the two courses and much more fun to play. The...

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We-Ko-Pa (Cholla) 10/02/2019

22nd Arizona - Best in Area
I was able to play the Cholla course on a recent trip to the Scottsdale area. This is a rambling spread out course designed around many of the washes in the area. The c...

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Links at Spanish Bay 14/11/2018

37th California - Best in Area
I was able to play Spanish Bay as part of a recent trip to the Pebble Beach resort. I played Pebble and Spyglass Hill on my last visit over 5 years ago so I decided to t...

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