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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Formby 13/12/2007

4th Lancashire - Best in Area 23rd England Ranking 52nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
Another of the great courses in the Southport area. Formby is an attractive course, but the holes are championship quality through and through. The par 4 7th presents o...

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Hillside 19/08/2007

3rd Lancashire - Best in Area 22nd England Ranking 51st Britain & Ireland Ranking
I can't believe I forgot to write a review of this course after my trip in the summer of 2006. Hillside is every bit as wonderful and spectacular as the other reviewers h...

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St Annes Old Links 14/08/2006

9th Lancashire - Best in Area
This is a wonderful and fun test of golf. The ground is fairly flat, but the holes run in a number of different directions, and there is enough undulation to give all of...

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Hesketh 13/08/2006

14th Lancashire - Best in Area
This is a fun and intersting links course located in the northern part of Southport. The course is split by a road, with 7 holes on the clubhouse side of the road and 11...

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Homestead (Cascades) 16/07/2006

3rd Virginia - Best in Area
One of my favorite golf courses in the world. This is a hilly, mountain style golf course that is a top-notch championship caliber layout. Every hole presents a unique...

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Harbour Town 16/07/2006

4th 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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Dunbar 02/06/2006

6th Lothians - Best in Area 41st Scotland Ranking
Another outstanding course that compliments the amazing stretch of courses from Lossiemouth to Gullane all the way down to Berwick upon Tweed. Dunbar starts with three fa...

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Moray (Old) 09/05/2006

6th North Scotland - Best in Area 31st Scotland Ranking
The links at Lossiemouth must be one of the most difficult courses I've ever played. It seemed like every par four was 420 to 430 yards long and either played directly i...

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Waterville 26/04/2006

2nd Kerry - Best in Area 6th Ireland Ranking 35th Britain & Ireland Ranking
Judging from the reviews posted here Waterville seems to elicit a wide variety of responses. Put me down as a fan and admirer of a great links golf course. This course ha...

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