Larry Berle

I owned a company called SRO Productions for 31 years. We were in the concert promotion and CD compilation business. I sold it in 2003 and in 2007 I published a new book about playing the Top 100 Golf Courses in America called A Golfer’s Dream: How a regular guy conquered the Golf Digest list of America's Top 100 Courses. In September 2014 I rated many of the U.S. Top 100 golf course for this website, using the simple 1-6 golf ball rating system and also allowed this website to post online a series of exclusive reviews, which are edited extracts from my book. Click here to read more.

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Congressional (Blue) 03/11/2014

2nd Maryland - Best in Area
I assumed Congressional would be overrun with members of Congress, but I don’t think that’s the case (although I think it was the case when it was founded). There are two...

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Seminole 02/11/2014

1st Florida - Best in Area 21st USA Ranking 21st North America Ranking 37th World Ranking
Seminole was designed in 1929 by Donald Ross and sits right on the ocean in North Palm Beach, Florida… I’ve played many Donald Ross courses now, and some are outstanding...

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Jupiter Hills (Hills) 31/10/2014

10th Florida - Best in Area
George Fazio (Tom Fazio’s uncle) designed the course in 1970 with Tom’s help. Although it’s called Jupiter Hills and the clubhouse sits on the highest point in the county...

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Pine Valley 27/10/2014

1st New Jersey - Best in Area 2nd USA Ranking 2nd North America Ranking 2nd World Ranking
I was ready for a difficult day of golf. Everyone said I would never break 100 on my first visit here. But I parred Number 1 and ended the day with a 92. This is one hard...

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Chicago 26/10/2014

1st Illinois - Best in Area 15th USA Ranking 15th North America Ranking 26th World Ranking
We drove to Wheaton, a small suburb northwest of Chicago, and as we were looking for the entrance drive, we finally saw what may be the smallest sign ever made for a golf...

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Maidstone 25/10/2014

8th New York - Best in Area 32nd USA Ranking 36th North America Ranking 71st World Ranking
Maidstone was created in its current form in the 1920s by Willie Park. It lies in East Hampton and, to some people’s thinking, may be the most exclusive club on Long Isla...

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Stanwich 24/10/2014

3rd Connecticut - Best in Area
After my lunch at Quaker Ridge, I met up with my host and we were off to the Stanwich Club for a one o’clock tee time. The Stanwich Golf Club is in Greenwich, Connecticut...

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Quaker Ridge 23/10/2014

9th New York - Best in Area 47th USA Ranking 52nd North America Ranking
Before I embarked on my Top 100 quest, I’d spent a lot of time in New York City and I’d never once thought of golf. But many of the Top 100 golf courses are near New York...

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Milwaukee 21/10/2014

2nd Wisconsin - Best in Area 59th USA Ranking 68th North America Ranking
Shortly after I introduced myself to my host at Milwaukee Country Club, he asked, “How did you like Black Wolf Run?” I shared my opinion, and he then revealed that prior...

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Blackwolf Run (River) 20/10/2014

6th Wisconsin - Best in Area
If you’ve never been to Kohler to play golf, you must go. In the late-‘80s, Herb Kohler decided he needed a golf course and hired Pete Dye to design it; he named it Black...

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Oakmont 17/10/2014

1st Pennsylvania - Best in Area 5th USA Ranking 5th North America Ranking 7th World Ranking
I played Oakmont to complete the Top 100, but I have no desire to go back. I can’t understand why anyone other than the best of golfers who really enjoy being tested woul...

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Desert Forest 16/10/2014

8th Arizona - Best in Area
The first time I played Desert Forest, it began hailing after eight holes and that was that. The following week, my host had me back, but I never got out of the clubhouse...

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Crooked Stick 15/10/2014

2nd Indiana - Best in Area
It was my second experience playing a Top 100 course alone in wet conditions, but it was wonderful. Every putt left a trail on the green, and I took this opportunity to p...

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