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Author - Brad Smith

Sunningdale Golf Club – Old & New

Berkshire, United Kingdom OLD NEW My first and only experience around this world-famous facility was in the 2010 Open Championship International Final Qualifier. The event was 36 holes, the morning on the New course and afternoon on the Old...

Peachtree Golf Club

Brookhaven, GA, USA Having lived just 5 minutes up the street from Peachtree Golf Club for many years, I had always hoped to get the opportunity to play there. An invitation was extended in the summer of 2015 through a good friend. This course...

Pasatiempo Golf Club

Santa Cruz, CA, USA I was fortunate to play four days in a row at Pasatiempo in 2007 as a sophomore in college, the same year the club completed its restoration project under the eye of Tom Doak. Pasatiempo was originally designed by Dr. Alister...

Kingston Heath Golf Club

Heatherton, VIC, Australia I have been fortunate to play this outstanding layout a number of times, however not since The Open Championship International Final Qualifying in January 2011. Tiger Woods has stated it is one of his favorite golf courses...

Oakmont Country Club

Oakmont, PA, USA I had the opportunity to play here in September 2017. It is hard to put into words how demanding this golf course is from the 1st tee to the 18th green. Oakmont has the reputation as being the hardest course in America, if not the...

Using Your Hands to Shape Your Shots

Only the very best players in the world have become great hand shapers of the golf ball. Consider Nick Faldo at the peak of his career in the late 80s/early 90s, Tiger Woods, and Bubba Watson in the modern game. Learning how to draw and fade the...

Shoal Creek Club

Birmingham, AL, USA This is one of my absolute favorite courses anywhere in the world. Designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1977, becoming an instant classic. I’ve always measured a golf course on its ability to keep you engaged for all 18 holes...

Royal Adelaide Golf Club

Seaton, SA, Australia Growing up in Adelaide and being a member of neighboring Kooyonga Golf Club, I was fortunate to play this inland links dozens of times. Unlike many of the other top Australian courses, Royal Adelaide is not landlocked. The...

Spyglass Hill Golf Course

Pebble Beach, CA, USA I have made three trips to the Monterey Peninsula and played Spyglass Hill on two occasions. The first time was on my second trip during my senior year of college at the University of Alabama – Birmingham in 2008. The...

New South Wales Golf Club

La Perouse, NSW, Australia I have never played another golf course anywhere in the world which can play so drastically different from one day to the next. I have been fortunate to play this incredible layout in both rare, dead calm weather, and the...