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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Lundin 15/08/2012

7th Fife - Best in Area 34th Scotland Ranking
What a fun golf course to play. I took a group of 8 golfers to Scotland this summer, and I could only convince one other player to take in Lundin in the morning before o...

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Muirfield 10/08/2012

1st Lothians - Best in Area 3rd Scotland Ranking 4th Britain & Ireland Ranking 14th World Ranking
This was my third trip to Muirfield over the past 15 years and each visit has been an exciting and exhilarating experience. This is a tremendous world class golf course t...

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Musselburgh (Old) 09/08/2012

Gem Scotland - Best in Area
Last year, after playing Royal Portrush, I had stated that I had completed my lifelong goal of playing all of the past and present Open venues. Unfortunately I had made t...

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Western Gailes 08/08/2012

4th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 18th Scotland Ranking 41st Britain & Ireland Ranking
What a wonderful golf course. I last played here almost 20 years ago in some of the most severe weather I ever remember encountering in the UK, yet I always held fond me...

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Kingsbarns 08/08/2012

2nd Fife - Best in Area 7th Scotland Ranking 16th Britain & Ireland Ranking 43rd World Ranking
On a recent trip to Scotland I had the chance to revisit some of the courses I had played over the last 30 years. 10 years ago I had played and reviewed Kingsbarns, and...

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Royal Portrush (Valley) 03/08/2011

2nd Antrim - Best in Area 6th Northern Ireland Ranking
I truly enjoyed the Valley course. There is such a variety to links golf courses, and the Valley course is a fun, enjoyable but still challenging course. It's hard to sit...

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Castlerock (Mussenden) 03/08/2011

2nd Londonderry - Best in Area 5th Northern Ireland Ranking
The Mussenden links is an interesting collection of holes, and overall I found it to be both interesting and enjoyable. There are a few odd holes that seem out of charact...

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Royal Dublin 03/08/2011

4th Dublin - Best in Area 23rd Ireland Ranking
This course was the most pleasant surprise of my recent trip to Ireland. It was the final course on our trip, and the lowest ranked course we played, so our expectations...

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The Island 02/08/2011

2nd Dublin - Best in Area 7th Ireland Ranking 49th Britain & Ireland Ranking
This course is a lot of fun to play. The opening hole is over 400 yards long, uphill and was into the wind. Despite the fact that I hit the fairway from the right side...

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County Louth 02/08/2011

1st Louth - Best in Area 10th Ireland Ranking 57th Britain & Ireland Ranking
County Louth is an isolated gem. There is a great sense of isolation both on the approach to the course and while you are playing this wonderful links. The course starts...

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