Brian LaBardi

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Pasatiempo 22/09/2019

9th California - Best in Area 63rd USA Ranking 72nd North America Ranking
Pasatiempo was the unexpected star of my trip to Monterey earlier this year. A MacKenzie gem. He actually lived on the course at the end of his life. Feels like steppi...

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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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Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs) 23/09/2019

12th Michigan - Best in Area
This area of Michigan has some of the best golf in the country but I’m a little surprised Arcadia isn’t ranked higher. Breathtaking links course on the Bluffs overlookin...

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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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Bull Valley 22/09/2019

24th Illinois - Best in Area
I am an unabashed Bull Valley fan! The course has many interesting holes and is certainly a challenge to play. Deserves a higher rating by the larger publications an...

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Black Sheep (1st & 2nd) 22/09/2019

8th Illinois - Best in Area
A fantastic 27 hole links course where you would least expect it. Generous fairways and large greens, but don’t be deceived. If you end up in one of the severe bunkers...

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Beverly Country Club 22/09/2019

7th Illinois - Best in Area
It had been close to 10 years since I had last plated Beverly. A recent renovation that removed a large amount of trees has completely transformed this golf course into...

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Desert Highlands 22/09/2019

3rd Arizona - Best in Area
Best course I’ve played in AZ. Site of the original skins game. Surprisingly narrow if you don’t choose the right tee. Many elevated tee boxes allowing me to majestica...

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Olympia Fields (North) 22/09/2019

6th Illinois - Best in Area
Plenty of history here. Has held more than one major championship and the difficulty is on par with that tradition. Huge, old clubhouse housing which I believe is the l...

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Butler National 22/09/2019

5th Illinois - Best in Area
Everything you would expect from a modern tournament course. Extraordinarily difficult and long from all tees. I drove the ball really well and it seemed like I still h...

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Skokie 22/09/2019

4th Illinois - Best in Area 84th USA Ranking 98th North America Ranking
I was somewhat surprised at the tremendous quality of the course at Skokie. I think it flies under the radar even locally. One of the more difficult classic courses I h...

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