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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Ross Bridge 01/05/2022

11th Alabama - Best in Area
This is a big, demanding golf course with wide and open fairways and large greens. The greens have a lot of interest and character. There are fewer multi-level greens t...

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Capitol Hill (Senator) 28/04/2022

30th Alabama - Best in Area
I have played a lot of links golf in England, Scotland, and Ireland, so I usually cringe when I read that a course is "links like." Unfortunately, I have to say that the...

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Capitol Hill (Legislator) 28/04/2022

29th Alabama - Best in Area
The Legislator was my favorite of the three courses at Capitol Hill. It's a unique layout with three different areas. The front nine is a nice piece of land with gentle...

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Capitol Hill (Judge) 28/04/2022

14th Alabama - Best in Area
I think the Robert Trent Jones golf trail fills a wonderful niche in the world of public golf. In general, these are well-maintained, exciting, and challenging courses t...

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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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