Ryan Book

Ryan Book, although working in marketing, has used his two journalism degrees to at least get published in The Golfer's Journal while running his own course architecture blog, www.bethpageblackmetal.com. He took up golf while living in New York City, due to that location's lack of hiking options. Now, back in Columbus, Ohio—and lacking ready access to the city and state's wonderful private layouts—he enjoys playing at Ohio State University's alum course when he gets the chance.

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Denison at Granville 17/09/2019

43rd Ohio - Best in Area
A number of classic architects are basking in a renovation revival, none more so than Donald Ross. Gil Hanse is on a Ross run, tapped for work on both Aronimink and Oakla...

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Sunnehanna 09/09/2019

12th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
During 1889, a hunting club operated by Andrew Carnegie and friends made alterations to a local dam, weakening its resolve and ultimately causing a massive flood that dev...

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Shanty Creek (Cedar River) 23/08/2019

49th Michigan - Best in Area
Tom Weiskopf is not afraid to let his freak flag fly when designing a golf course. Continuing with the parlance of ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll, it seems like he really got his ya-...

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Crystal Springs (Ballyowen) 22/08/2019

21st New Jersey - Best in Area
Outside the most snobbish of purists, golf aficionados have calmed down when an American club describes itself as “links.” Although there is a knowing smirk, there is no...

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Shepherd's Hollow (10-27) 15/08/2019

58th Michigan - Best in Area
Most 27-hole facilities do players the courtesy of letting them know which pair of nines is best. Shepherd’s Hollow does not. Many resources—including this one—suggest th...

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Shennecossett 06/08/2019

27th Connecticut - Best in Area
My playing partner, a longtime resident, took the time to point, from atop No. 16's crowned green, across the Thames River at two separate lighthouses, each haunted by it...

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Fowler's Mill (Lake & River) 25/07/2019

14th Ohio - Best in Area
Golfers at Fowler’s Mill will immediately become acquainted with Ohio’s second-best-named natural feature, the Chagrin River (the first, unrelated, is Mt. Miserable). And...

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Texas Star 01/07/2019

71st Texas - Best in Area
At the risk of speaking “too soon,” architect Keith Foster’s work at Texas Star on the West side of Dallas is a metaphor for his duelling careers. On one hand, Conservati...

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Old American 28/06/2019

49th Texas - Best in Area
Approaching the end of The Colony—a peninsular North Dallas community reaching out into Lewisville Lake—one will find two tribute golf courses. One is literally The Tribu...

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Sleepy Hollow Golf Course 26/06/2019

26th Ohio - Best in Area
Stanley Thompson accumulated acclaim for his series of courses complementing many of Canada’s National Parks, so it’s appropriate that when Cuyahoga Valley was incorporat...

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The Fort 20/06/2019

6th Indiana - Best in Area
The Pan-Am Games are a little like Justin Rose’s gold medal at the 2016 Olympics; fully deserving of respect and yet it struggles to muster viewers. They try to generate...

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Prairie View 18/06/2019

9th Indiana - Best in Area
Afforded a fairly flat piece of property in the middle of Indiana, the settings for Prairie View left something to be desired. Considering that this was to serve as the s...

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Quarry Golf Club - Ohio 14/06/2019

37th Ohio - Best in Area
Quarries have made for popular golf course locations, especially in North America, due to the dramatic man-made contrast they provide to a location's typical topography—i...

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The Virtues 13/06/2019

15th Ohio - Best in Area
Virtues Golf Club was once the namesake club for the Longaberger Basket Company, a now defunct business based out of a seven-story building, shaped like a basket. That so...

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EagleSticks 11/06/2019

34th Ohio - Best in Area
Imperfection takes on a positive spin while playing Eaglesticks Golf Course. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry drove the hour from Columbus to examine small parcel of land pac...

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Lassing Pointe 10/06/2019

12th Kentucky - Best in Area
It’s conceivable that the best public route in Kentucky is nominally attached to Cincinnati. And, likewise, that the best municipal course available to Cincinnatians is a...

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Bulle Rock 06/06/2019

6th Maryland - Best in Area
“I did not undo God’s work.” That’s the quote from Pete Dye that Bulle Rock Golf Club uses in its promotional materials. Indeed, the public course doesn’t deal in the som...

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