Although passengers might disagree, most pilots consider a good landing one that does not require any paperwork to be filled out.
A smooth (great landing) can happen at any airport with the right conditions and piloting skills despite the following secret your pilot won't tell you.
“At some airports with really short runways, you’re not going to have a smooth landing no matter how good we are: John Wayne Airport; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Chicago Midway; and Reagan National.”
This is the goal of every pilot if he or she wants to make a smooth landing. With a shorter runway there is not much room (landing area) for finesse therefore the flight path to the touchdown area must be adjusted accordingly.
Experience and skills allow some pilots to compensate for these conditions better than others. However, I am sure even the likes of Chuck Yeager has had a few notable landings every now and then.
How can you tell the smoothness of a landing if you are not a passenger?
Just watch for the amount of smoke produced when the main wheels touch down. If your eyes start burning then you can bet a few passengers on board are going to need to see a chiropractor.