Horton Smith, the man and the player
Horton Smith was born May 22, 1908, on a farm in eastern Greene County where the Highland Springs Country Club now stands. In 1934, Smith earned his claim to fame after winning the first ever Masters Tournament. Winning the tournament again in 1936 added to his glory.
Smith was the great young golf phenom of his era. Amazingly, he still holds the record of six professional tournament wins before the age of 21. He went on to win 32 times on the professional tour. Smith went undefeated in all five of his Ryder Cup Team competitions and is still considered one of the best putters of all time.
Horton Smith Golf Course opened in March 1962. Interesting to note, the original greens at Horton Smith Golf Course were rectangle however were later changed to a more traditional shape. Stop by the Horton Smith clubhouse to see the original layout with the rectangle greens and other memorabilia.
Learn more in this video interview as Ozarks Public Television interviews Rick Grayson on the great history of Horton Smith, the man and the player.