John Sabino

John Sabino is a widely followed blogger and golf critic and is among a small group of golfers who have achieved the feat of playing the top 100 ranked courses in the world. He has been featured in Links Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Golf Digest Index, Australian Golf Digest and Billionaire magazine. He is the author of How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs and Golf’s Iron Horse: The astonishing Record-Breaking Life of Ralph Kennedy, who set the record of most golf courses ever played. John lives in the golf-rich state of New Jersey.

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The Bridge 20/10/2019

31st New York - Best in Area
As far as golf neighborhoods go, the Hamptons is as good as it gets. Thus, sometimes very good courses get overlooked because comparisons to their neighbors like Shinneco...

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Aronimink 20/10/2019

3rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area 85th USA Ranking 98th North America Ranking
A beautiful Donald Ross course that sometimes gets overlooked due to its proximity to Merion. It has one of the greatest opening holes, with a tee shot from an elevated t...

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World Woods (Pine Barrens) 20/10/2019

12th Florida - Best in Area
The Rodney Dangerfield of Florida golf, this is a course that doesn’t get enough respect because it is public and a bit off the beaten path. Designed by Tom Fazio, the co...

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Mayacama 20/10/2019

14th California - Best in Area
Is it wrong to have more wine lockers (500) than actual lockers (300) for members? Not at all, especially if you’re located in the heart of Sonoma County. The course weav...

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Bel-Air 20/10/2019

12th California - Best in Area
The course starts with one of the most dramatic first tees in the game. It is perched on top of a hill overlooking U.C.L.A. and the Westwood section of Los Angeles. Set i...

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Calusa Pines 20/10/2019

5th Florida - Best in Area 72nd USA Ranking 82nd North America Ranking
Unlike other courses in Florida, Calusa Pines has hilly terrain and lacks water on most holes, which in my book are two positives. Playing the course feels more like you...

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Royal North Devon 20/10/2019

2nd Devon - Best in Area 53rd England Ranking
A different style of course, Royal North Devon is rough-hewn and is not in the least bit polished. Therein lies its charm. Playing at Royal North Devon is the antithesis...

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Oak Hill (East) 20/10/2019

11th New York - Best in Area 45th USA Ranking 49th North America Ranking
Oak Hill is a classic club and a classic course, however, over time it has been diluted and changed from its original Donald Ross design. Nevertheless, the course retains...

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Forsgate (Banks) 19/09/2019

14th New Jersey - Best in Area
Forsgate is a below the radar course in the style of Macdonald-Raynor with really good prototype holes. This shouldn’t be surprising since the course was designed by one...

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The Addington 19/09/2019

13th Surrey - Best in Area 35th England Ranking 83rd Britain & Ireland Ranking
I must admit I missed the boat on Addington. I am a big admirer of Tom Doak and he writes gushingly about the Addington. I found that the course went beyond being quirky...

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Crail (Balcomie) 19/09/2019

15th Fife - Best in Area 74th Scotland Ranking
Crail is a special place to play golf and a prime example of how a short course can be confused with an easy course, especially if the wind is up. The views are breathtak...

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Dunbar 19/09/2019

6th Lothians - Best in Area 32nd Scotland Ranking
Situated on a tight piece of land beginning in town and running along the ocean, Dunbar is a classic links. The card is quirky, beginning with back to back par fives and...

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Moray (Old) 19/09/2019

5th North Scotland - Best in Area 28th Scotland Ranking 92nd Britain & Ireland Ranking
The most vivid lasting memory of playing at Moray are the RAF jets that fly very low overhead as you play. An active air force base, Lossiemouth, is immediately adjacent,...

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Western Gailes 19/09/2019

3rd Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 14th Scotland Ranking 34th Britain & Ireland Ranking
There is so much good golf on Scotland’s West Coast that Western Gailes sometimes get lost in the crowd, which is a shame because it is such a classic links course, featu...

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Pitlochry 19/09/2019

8th Perth & Kinross - Best in Area 90th Scotland Ranking
Pitlochry is a demanding course to walk. Like at Gullane, the opening holes (3 in a row) play uphill, fatiguing all but the most fit golfer. The fifth hole was my favorit...

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Mid Ocean Club 19/09/2019

1st Bermuda Ranking 2nd Caribbean Ranking
Like its designer, Charles Blair Macdonald, the Mid Ocean Club is big and bold, built on a scale that most golf courses never achieve, the only two remotely close being Y...

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