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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Tennessee National 16/05/2018

11th 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

8th 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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Spring Creek Ranch 15/05/2018

4th Tennessee - Best in Area
Spring Creek Ranch is an excellent Nicklaus design several miles east of Memphis in the town of Collierville. The course is built on some fascinating topography incorpor...

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Streamsong (Black) 07/04/2018

6th Florida - Best in Area 99th USA Ranking
My wife and I made a return visit to Streamsong specifically to play the newly opened Black course. I wrote about my experience at Streamong on this site last year. Lik...

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Reserve at Pawleys Island 12/10/2017

44th 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

19th 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

9th 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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Forest Creek (North) 12/10/2017

18th North Carolina - Best in Area
My favorite of the two courses at Forest Creek. A great collection of holes with large waste areas to negotiate and excellent bunkering around the greens. The back nin...

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Forest Creek (South) 12/10/2017

16th North Carolina - Best in Area
I'm a big fan of both courses at Forest Creek. One of the members at my home course of Holston Hills is a member here and has graciously invited us to play several times...

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Hazeltine National 12/10/2017

5th Minnesota - Best in Area
I was able to,play Hazeltine National several years ago. I found the course difficult and challenging but there not a lot of distinctiveness to the holes. I agree that...

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Hindhead 01/08/2017

12th Surrey - Best in Area 39th England Ranking 91st Britain & Ireland Ranking
Hindhead was the final course my wife and I played on our recent trip to the heathland courses near London. Top 100 editor Keith Baxter arranged for us to play with Club...

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Woking 01/08/2017

8th Surrey - Best in Area 28th England Ranking 67th Britain & Ireland Ranking
My wife and I played Woking as part of a trip through some of the best heathland courses in the area. This was the last of the three "W's" for us to play we found all th...

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Hankley Common 01/08/2017

6th Surrey - Best in Area 25th England Ranking 58th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Hankley Common was the first course my wife and I played on our recent trip to England to play many of the famous heathland courses in the area. We flew over from the St...

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West Hill 28/07/2017

10th Surrey - Best in Area 32nd England Ranking 78th Britain & Ireland Ranking
West Hill is a beautiful heathland layout that I was able to play as an afternoon round after playing Worplesdon in the morning. The day was warm and i think I was feeli...

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