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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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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Pasatiempo 14/11/2018

8th California - Best in Area 50th USA Ranking 56th North America Ranking
This is a beautiful, fun challenging course that everyone should take the opportunity to play. I can't imagine that there is a much better daily fee course in American o...

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Cherokee 09/11/2018

13th Tennessee - Best in Area
Cherokee is a Donald Ross design that is squeezed in between a ridge that overlooks the Tennessee River and a railroad track that borders the northern edge of the propert...

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DeBordieu 28/06/2018

38th South Carolina - Best in Area
DeBordieu is, for lack of a better term, a rather typical Dye course without a lot to distinguish the course from others in the area. Lots of water hazards to negotiate...

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Lookout Mountain 28/06/2018

9th Georgia - Best in Area
I’m a big fan of Lookout Mountain. I actually grew up less than a mile from the golf club but my family moved across town in Chattanooga so I never was a member there....

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Tobacco Road 12/06/2018

9th North Carolina - Best in Area
This is quite the golf course and an experience you will surely remember. The setting is dramatic and each shot seems to confront the golfer with a unique and intimidati...

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Dormie Club 12/06/2018

10th North Carolina - Best in Area
This is a really good modern design in the heart of the Pinehurst sand hills. The course is fairly hilly and flows down to and around a lake, but the water is essentiall...

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Pine Needles 12/06/2018

11th North Carolina - Best in Area
Beautiful golf in a beautiful setting. Played in late May and the conditions were perfect. The staff and welcome were first class and similar to the excellent Pinehurst...

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Mid Pines 12/06/2018

8th North Carolina - Best in Area
Fantastic course in beautiful condition. The owners own this course and Pine Needles across the street and both the courses are run in a first class manner. I love the...

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Southern Pines 12/06/2018

40th North Carolina - Best in Area
I played this course on a recent trip with my wife to the Pinehurst area. This is a classic Ross design set in some gentle rolling hills just outside the town of Souther...

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Sweetens Cove 10/06/2018

3rd Tennessee - Best in Area
I recently helped the Top 100 staff with their rankings of courses in my home state of Tennessee. I was amazed that they ranked this 9 hole course third in the state and...

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Tennessee National 16/05/2018

10th Tennessee - Best in Area
This is a pretty good Norman design set about 30 miles outside of Knoxville in a bend of the Tennessee river. The land is pretty flat but there are a couple of sharp ele...

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TPC Southwind 16/05/2018

9th Tennessee - Best in Area
I like TPC Southwind. This a fun, playable but difficult course that gives the pros a pretty good challenge at the St. Jude classic but is a nice course to play on a dai...

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Chattanooga 16/05/2018

7th Tennessee - Best in Area
Chattanooga is an old Ross design that lies in a bend of the Tennessee river just across the river from downtown Chattanooga. It is a great piece of land which is bisect...

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