Marc Bender

Have played 71 of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the USA, 88 of the Top 100 Golf Courses in Florida, and over 600 courses worldwide. Played 4 years of college golf at American University. Qualified for 4 Long Island Opens as an amateur, the New York State Open in 2000 and The Met Open in 2005. Once made 8 birdies and an eagle in a round in college. Beat Matt Kuchar in a tournament at Baltusrol in 2000 (The Baltusrol Invitational). Hit balls with Jack Nicklaus in April 2019 at The Bears Club in Florida. Made my only two hole-in-one's in back to back rounds, both with a 6-iron and both at 4:30pm, one week apart. I'm the Florida Correspondent for top100golfcourses.com.

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Quail Valley 16/09/2020

Gem USA - Best in Area
Quail Valley is a the true definition of a hidden gem. Having played 91 of the top 100 ranked courses in Florida, I had never even heard of it until recently. The club...

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Reserve at Moonlight Basin 08/09/2020

3rd Montana - Best in Area
The Reserve at Moonlight Basin is the true definition of a course where “knowledge is power”. I can comfortably say for a non-ocean golf course this is the most beautifu...

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Pine Valley 27/08/2020

1st New Jersey - Best in Area 2nd USA Ranking 2nd North America Ranking 2nd World Ranking
To not give Pine Valley a perfect score is nothing short of preposterous. Simply put, there is no course that offers a greater variety of 18 unique and fabulous holes wi...

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Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards 11/08/2020

21st South Carolina - Best in Area
Tom Fazio is an artist and many of his golf courses look like a beautiful series of 18 paintings. Balancing beauty while maintaining a championship experience is never a...

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Cuscowilla 03/08/2020

3rd Georgia - Best in Area
It’s quite a statement to be ranked our third best course in the state of Georgia when many of our readers have never even heard of a course called Cuscowilla Golf Club l...

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Wade Hampton 29/07/2020

3rd North Carolina - Best in Area 49th USA Ranking 55th North America Ranking
Wade Hampton Golf Club – A Fazio Design Like No OtherWade Hampton is one of those courses that has been on my “must play” list for quite a while for several reasons: Fir...

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Banyan 14/07/2020

Gem USA - Best in Area
Banyan Golf Club is much more than your typical Florida course. For one, there are no houses at all to interfere with the aesthetics this lovely course has to offer. Se...

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Pine Tree 30/06/2020

14th Florida - Best in Area
I’m so excited to share my thoughts on Pine Tree with all of you; mainly because it’s one of the few remaining historical courses that is predominantly underappreciated a...

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Nassau 23/06/2020

Gem USA - Best in Area
The annual host of "The Nassau Invitational" is a highly respected and often overlooked golf course. Nassau has a wonderful layout that only features two par 5's on the...

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Sand Hills 29/05/2020

1st Nebraska - Best in Area 6th USA Ranking 6th North America Ranking 10th World Ranking
If there was ever a golf course I would want to play every day for the rest of my golfing life, Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Nebraska would be the one. Shinnecock Hil...

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Medalist 25/05/2020

18th Florida - Best in Area
Rarely will you find a championship golf course built just 25 years ago that has undergone multiple overhauls and renovations as is the case with Medalist Golf Club, in H...

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Chicago 23/05/2020

1st Illinois - Best in Area 15th USA Ranking 15th North America Ranking 26th World Ranking
Playing Chicago Golf Club is one of the coveted invitations in all of golf. In a suburb of Chicago called Wheaton, Chicago Golf Club is the first 18-hole course in Americ...

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Peachtree 14/05/2020

2nd Georgia - Best in Area 46th USA Ranking 51st North America Ranking
If you have had the privilege of visiting both Peachtree and Augusta, there is no question you will not only immediately see the similarity between them but very well may...

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