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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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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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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Reserve at Pawleys Island 12/10/2017

35th South Carolina - Best in Area
Wow I would rate this course much higher. I think it is significantly better than almost all of the Myrtle Beach area courses in the rankings. Really solid Norman desig...

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True Blue 12/10/2017

28th South Carolina - Best in Area
True Blue is a blast to play and one of my favorites in the Myrtle Beach area. The holes are all unique and each presents a different challenge. The teeing areas are ve...

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Musgrove Mill 12/10/2017

17th South Carolina - Best in Area
This is a tough layout. The course is routed up and around numerous hills and a river that flows through the property. There are any number of difficult tee shots throu...

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Caledonia 12/10/2017

10th South Carolina - Best in Area
Really nice course that is one of my favorites in e Myrtle Beach area. Although the course is only 6500 yards from the back tees the par of 70 and the short 115 yard 9th...

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Harbour Town 17/07/2006

3rd South Carolina - Best in Area
I enjoyed Harbour Town. I had heard several complaints about the layout (poor conditioning, overpriced, not as good as advertised, etc.) but I found the course to be in...

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