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Getting To Know: Country Club of Johnston County

An Insightful Interview With Robert Borsos, Pro Shop

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Robert Borsos who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
The Country Club of Johnston County is a scenic, Ellis Maples designed course conveniently located just off Interstate 95, exit 90 in historic Smithfield, NC. Our 18 hole gem features smooth, fast Bermuda greens, tree lined fairways and challenging holes.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
The course is extremely playable for all skill levels and a lot of fun to play in all weather conditions.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
The course is located along beautiful Holt Lake and the greens tend to break toward the lake. Strategically located ponds should be respected and avoided.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
The course receives high praise from members and guests for it's pristine conditioning year around.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Number 13 is considered to be our signature hole. A wonderful 417 yard, dogleg left along a tree lined fairway with out of bounds left and a well placed bunker right demands a accurate drive. The second shot requires a precision iron to a bunker guarded green with a beautiful pond and fountain, on the right. The large kidney shaped green offers challenging but fair pin locations.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Number 8 is a scenic tree lined dogleg left that requires a position shot off the tee (or an aggressive lofted wood over the trees) and a short iron, downhill, to a well bunkered green with many interesting pin placement options.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
A cheeseburger and a beer are a great finish to a satisfying round.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
The course record 60 is held by PGA Tour Pro Neal Lancaster on 12/29/02. Neal learned the game and honed his skills playing the Country Club of Johnston County course. The round consisted of a brilliant 7 under par 29 on the front nine and a great 6 under par 31 on the back side. The 12 under par round included 2 eagles, 9 birdies and 1 bogey.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6573
Slope: 132
Rating: 71.9

More Information
Country Club of Johnston County
694 Country Club Road
Smithfield, NC 27577

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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