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 86th USA Ranking 100th 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 76th USA Ranking 87th 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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Oak Hill (East) 20/10/2019

11th New York - Best in Area 64th USA Ranking 73rd 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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Baltusrol (Lower) 19/09/2019

4th New Jersey - Best in Area
I’m not the biggest fan of the Lower course at Baltusrol. Personally, I find it suffers from repetition, ie, many similar par fours with tight tree lines and similar bunk...

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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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Double Eagle 12/08/2019

12th Ohio - Best in Area
Double Eagle is one of the most unique places I have played with its combination of optimum course conditioning, a noteworthy routing and exclusivity. There are not many...

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Boston 24/07/2017

6th Massachusetts - Best in Area 69th USA Ranking 79th North America Ranking
Bring your A game if you ever get the invite to the Boston Golf Club. The course demands brawn. The walk over the hilly terrain is a demanding one, and it is matched by t...

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Glens Falls 24/07/2017

26th New York - Best in Area
A below the radar design of Donald Ross that shines. The course features many blind shots starting from the first tee, which asks the golfer to hit his tee shot up a huge...

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Wilshire 29/03/2017

42nd California - Best in Area
It is easy for a course in Los Angeles to get overlooked given all the great golf in the vicinity, such as Los Angeles Country Club, Riviera and Bel-Air. I had a chance t...

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Hyannisport 08/12/2016

14th Massachusetts - Best in Area
Hyannisport Club has world class views of the water and the surrounding tidal marshes looking out into Nantucket Sound. The course has a set of small, very fast greens. M...

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Hidden Creek 08/12/2016

12th New Jersey - Best in Area
Another spectacular effort from Coore & Crenshaw built in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Wide fairways lull the unsuspecting golfer into thinking the course may not be a...

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Ocean Forest 06/12/2016

10th Georgia - Best in Area
Ocean Forest is located on the end of a barrier island where the Hampton River meets the Atlantic Ocean and the area is blessed with pine trees, sand dunes, oak trees, ma...

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