A sad, sad day. I went to Oakland on a beautiful fall Friday afternoon to play golf. Unfortunately, when I got there I was informed the course is going to close for good on November 1. I have played hundreds of rounds there with some of the best people I know. I’ve seen kids grow up on the course and so many teachers/coaches come and go, but not before they spent a lot of time at Norton Knolls. It changed ever so slightly over the years, had new owners, and I moved on, but it was still a great place to go back and play golf.
I made my only hole-in-one on #8. I found out Shannon was pregnant with Ashton after coming home from Norton Knolls one Sunday morning. I’ve been lucky enough to play “better” courses and have been a member of “nicer” courses, but still during this year off when I can do anything I want... I had Norton Knolls down as my #1 golf course to play.
Thank you to Jim, Harold, Terry, and Ez. Thank you to Norton Knolls. It will be missed.
This is #9 on the Lake Estes Golf Course. I can’t say I took “dead aim” because they had already pulled the flags so the elk don’t root on them. To summarize, I aimed at the green and the hole almost got in the way.
What to do after dropping your only child off at college? Go to the “Field of Dreams” golf course. It was amazing! I highly recommend it to any golfer traveling through southeast Tennessee.
I'm Michael Smith and I hope to have a very productive midlife crisis over the next 500 days. Some people buy a sports car, I'm going bowling.