Brian LaBardi

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Aronimink 17/09/2021

3rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area 86th USA Ranking 100th North America Ranking
I use the term “underrated“ too frequently. But this time I really mean it. Aronimink is absolutely fantastic and grossly underrated on the national level. This was pr...

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Midlothian 06/09/2021

28th Illinois - Best in Area
Midlothian is terribly underrated. A classic course host of the 1914 US Open and several other noteworthy professional and amateur tournaments through early 1970s. Exce...

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Camargo 30/08/2021

1st Ohio - Best in Area 25th USA Ranking 26th North America Ranking 51st World Ranking
Camargo is a Seth Raynor template masterpiece. Proof template holes work everywhere (even on the driving range at Camargo) but Camargo is something above and beyond tran...

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Sand Valley (Mammoth Dunes) 26/06/2020

6th Wisconsin - Best in Area
Mammoth Dunes might be the most fun I’ve ever had on a golf course. This course is better than adjoining Sand Valley. Mammoth fairways and greens (see what I did there)...

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Wolf Creek Golf Club 30/11/2019

10th Nevada - Best in Area
Views unlike any other course I have ever played. Every hole is a postcard. Played in wet and cool conditions made for a terrifying experience driving the cart on this...

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Entrada at Snow Canyon 30/11/2019

8th Utah - Best in Area
Entrada is one of the few private clubs in this area. The conditioning was absolutely spectacular. The front nine was very good, but it’s the back nine that features the...

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Sand Hollow (Championship) 30/11/2019

1st Utah - Best in Area
Best course in the area. I love the contrast of the red sand against the red mountains. The front nine is good but nothing to write home about. The back nine on the other...

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Knollwood Club 13/10/2019

19th Illinois - Best in Area
Tremendously underrated is how I would describe Knollwood Club in Lake Forest, IL. A Colt/Allison design dating from 1925, Knollwood has hosted 1956 US amateur, 1982 US...

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Chicago 09/10/2019

1st Illinois - Best in Area 15th USA Ranking 15th North America Ranking 26th World Ranking
Very close to absolute perfection. It’s amazing what McDonald and Raynor did with a largely nondescript piece of property. Template holes abound. Personal favorites...

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Diamante (Dunes) 23/09/2019

1st Mexico Ranking 32nd North America Ranking 63rd World Ranking
Diamanté dunes was a very good of course, but I don’t feel it is worthy of its number one ranking in Mexico. Links style with a great deal of exaggerated mounding, man...

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Mid Ocean Club 23/09/2019

1st Bermuda Ranking 2nd Caribbean Ranking
Another MacDonald/Raynor masterpiece. As you would expect, lots of history here. Our caddie related a story of Babe Ruth dumping a dozen balls in the ocean trying to dr...

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