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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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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Chickasaw 16/09/2019

7th Tennessee - 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

6th 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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Belle Meade 22/06/2019

28th 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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