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Chris Zambri

A 1993 USC graduate who played for the Trojans from 1989-1993, Zambri also played six seasons on the Nationwide Tour between 1997 and 2004. In 1998 he posted two second-place finishes en route to a 19th-place finish on the money list. He competed in six PGA Tour events, including the 1995 and 1999 U.S. Opens. He has been the mens golf coach at USC since 2007.


 


 

No. 5
Trump National Golf Club
Trump National Golf Club
Rancho Palos, Calif.
 
Year opened: 2000
Course type: Public
Architect: Pete Dye (Redesigned by Tom Fazio)
Price: $375
 
Zambris take: Trump National has seven or eight holes that play as hard as any seven or eight holes you can find on any course, anywhere. There is an ocean view on every hole.
 

No. 4
Cypress Point Club
Cypress Point Club
Pebble Beach, Calif.
 
Year opened: 1928
Course type: Private
Architect: Alister MacKenzie
 
Zambris take: Cypress Point has a look and feel unlike any other course, combined with the best par 3 in the world.
 

No. 3
Los Angeles Country Club
Los Angeles Country Club
Los Angeles, Calif.
 
Year opened: 1897
Course type: Private
Architect: George C. Thomas Jr.
 
Zambris take: Its an unbelievable property in the middle of Los Angeles. It always plays longer than the yardage and is always a treat to play.
 

No. 2
Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach, Calif.
 
Year opened: 1919
Course type: Public
Architect: Jack Neville/Douglas Grant (Redesigned by Jack Nicklaus)
Price: $450
 
Zambris take: The setting combined with the history make this course special.
 

No. 1
Riviera Country Club
Riviera Country Club
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
 
Year opened: 1926
Course type: Private
Architect: George C. Thomas, Jr./William P. Bell
 
Zambris take: Riviera is a great course without a bad hole. Plenty of length for the modern game. History rich.
 

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