Brian LaBardi

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Pasatiempo 23/09/2019

8th California - Best in Area 50th USA Ranking 56th 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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Cabo del Sol (Ocean) 23/09/2019

2nd Mexico Ranking 50th North America Ranking
This is the best course in Mexico. Better than Diamanté. Dare I say-I would put it on par with Pebble Beach. It combines elements of two of my favorite styles of golf...

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Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs) 23/09/2019

13th 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 14th USA Ranking 14th 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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Skokie 22/09/2019

3rd Illinois - Best in Area 87th USA Ranking 100th 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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Butler National 22/09/2019

4th Illinois - Best in Area 97th USA Ranking
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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Olympia Fields (North) 22/09/2019

5th 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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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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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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Bull Valley 22/09/2019

21st 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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Desert Highlands 23/09/2019

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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Spyglass Hill 23/09/2019

10th California - Best in Area 73rd USA Ranking 84th North America Ranking
The early holes on the ocean are some of the best along the coast in Monterey. I just wish they came later in the round. Spyglass subsequently turns inland and takes on...

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Ko'olau 23/09/2019

26th Hawaii - Best in Area
Ko’olau deserves to be much higher up on this list. In the years before the USGA limited slope to 155, Ko’olau was touted as ‘toughest in the nation’ based on its slope...

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