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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Worplesdon 28/07/2017

9th Surrey - Best in Area 30th England Ranking 73rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Worplesdon was the morning course on a 36 day tour of two of the "W's", with a round at West Hill in the afternoon and the challenge of Woking two days later. My wife Ru...

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The Addington 28/07/2017

15th Surrey - Best in Area 58th England Ranking
I was able to play The Addington during a recent trip to the Southwest of London. My goal was to fill in my resume by playing as many top heathland courses as possible....

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Blackwolf Run (River) 24/10/2016

8th Wisconsin - Best in Area
The Blackwolf Run River course is an excellent, Pete Dye designed, inland course at the Kohler resort in Wisconsin. The course has an entirely different look and feel fr...

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Erin Hills 24/10/2016

5th Wisconsin - Best in Area
I played Erin Hills on a recent trip to Wisconsin. The course if about 50 miles from the Kohler resort on lake Michigan, and it's not very hard to take in both destinati...

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Whistling Straits (Irish) 24/10/2016

9th Wisconsin - Best in Area
The Irish course is the second course at Whistling Straits, part of the Kohler resort in Wisconsin. Designed by Pete Dye, the course is just inland to it's more famous n...

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Pinehurst (No.4) 07/03/2016

15th North Carolina - Best in Area
On my recent trip to Pinehurst I naturally gravitated to #2. For my other two courses I chose to play #1 with my wife and then #4 on the day we left. #1 is a lovely cours...

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Old North State 07/03/2016

25th North Carolina - Best in Area
My home course, Holston Hills in Knoxville, Tennessee, has recently been purchased by McConnell Golf. One of the great advantages of this is the ability for us to play t...

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Torrey Pines (South) 24/10/2015

26th California - Best in Area
It was nice to get to play this course. The setting is beautiful, especially along the front nine where there are beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the canyons tha...

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Saunton (East) 10/06/2015

1st Devon - Best in Area 24th England Ranking 53rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
After taking on the West course in the morning editor in chief Keith Baxter and myself had an excellent lunch on the patio overlooking the 18th green of the East course....

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Trevose (Championship) 09/06/2015

2nd Cornwall - Best in Area 66th England Ranking
Trevose is another wonderful links along the Atlantic coast of England. The course sits on some nice rolling land that flows down to the Atlantic. Only the 4th green is n...

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Saunton (West) 09/06/2015

2nd Devon - Best in Area 57th England Ranking
This was a wonderful day at an amazing 36 holes of golf. I was finally able to meet my friend and editor in chief of this web site, Mr. Keith Baxter and we set out for 36...

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Royal North Devon 07/06/2015

3rd Devon - Best in Area 59th England Ranking
I have long wanted to play Royal North Devon. I was first introduced to "Westward Ho!" through the writings of English golf writer and television commentator Henry Longhu...

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Perranporth 02/06/2015

3rd Cornwall - Best in Area 69th England Ranking
I recently filled in a great gap in my golfing resume by taking a trip to Devon and Cornwall to play the excellent links along the Atlantic coast. I will be providing a n...

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Spyglass Hill 21/10/2014

14th California - Best in Area
I played Spyglass on a recent trip to Monterey and enjoyed the course. The first five holes border on spectacular, the rest of the holes are difficult. You play down to t...

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