Ryan Book

Ryan Book is a staff writer and panelist for Top100GolfCourses.com, as well as occasional contributor to publications such as The Golfer's Journal, The Fried Egg, Bethpage Black Metal, and others. A resident of Columbus, Ohio, he enjoys playing at Ohio State University's alum course when he gets the chance.

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Sugar Bush 08/11/2021

64th Ohio - Best in Area
There are stories of great putts and then, for the rest of us, there are tales of great two-putts. Although I would prefer it that my greatest two-putt had occurred durin...

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Sands Point 12/10/2021

41st New York - Best in Area
I wouldn’t go as far as to say either A.W. Tillinghast or Pete Dye were the “best” golf course architects, however few have combined oversized personalities with strong d...

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New Albany (West & North) 30/09/2021

47th Ohio - Best in Area
Ranking the West/North route at New Albany Country Club is a difficult one for me, as I’m not convinced it’s the pair I should be rating. The club itself has always sold...

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Zanesville 24/09/2021

74th Ohio - Best in Area
As a resident of Ohio’s largest city, I occasionally lapse into undermining the wherewithal of residents in cities of less than 750,000. For example, my hopes driving out...

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Tartan Fields 23/08/2021

58th Ohio - Best in Area
Arnold Palmer has a...vibe, shall we say, when considering his vast portfolio of course design work. It’s always dangerous to generalize, especially with someone who has...

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Springfield 13/08/2021

14th Ohio - Best in Area
Defining the top three Donald Ross courses in Ohio is a fairly simple exercise...perhaps Andrew Green’s restoration of Scioto will bring it into contention with Inverness...

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Broadmoor Country Club 30/07/2021

9th Indiana - Best in Area
If one is driving along Interstate 70, they will have a number of opportunities to play a Broadmoor by Donald Ross; I, an Ohio native, opted to stay closer to home and tr...

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Davenport 29/07/2021

1st Iowa - Best in Area 96th USA Ranking
At some point during elementary school, I learned that the Mississippi River originated at Lake Itasca in Minnesota; as it’s unusually hip these days to deny established...

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TPC Deere Run 28/07/2021

23rd Illinois - Best in Area
I feel like there’s a signature photograph for almost every PGA event, an image that reflects either the spirit of the course or the spirit of the region where the event...

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Shelter Harbor 13/07/2021

1st Rhode Island - Best in Area
A staff member spoke proudly about Shelter Harbor following my round, touting that Dana Fry considered it his second-best design, behind only Erin Hills. I don’t believe...

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Rhode Island 13/07/2021

4th Rhode Island - Best in Area
I was appalled to find the rodent at the top of the Rhode Island Country Club shield was a muskrat. “That’s no muskrat,” I told my host. With that slight, sleek body? An...

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Maketewah 16/06/2021

36th Ohio - Best in Area
I reached down and pulled my birdie putt from the cup on No. 7, and found a clumsy insect struggling to claw its way up the vertical surface, despite having wings. Yes, I...

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Kenwood (Kendale) 15/06/2021

28th Ohio - Best in Area
“As we were driving in, Dad mentioned that they had a lot fewer trees than we do.” I present this quote from my mother — not to draw attention to the fact that the parent...

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Moraine 27/05/2021

6th Ohio - Best in Area 87th USA Ranking
By pleasant coincidence, Will Gwaltney has also posted about his round at Moraine Country Club on this fine day. I, known for overwriting, will now perform the role of a...

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Westbrook 26/04/2021

30th Ohio - Best in Area
My playing partner at Westbrook Country Club frequently hinted that I should mind the “steel mill effect” and the ball’s tendency to break toward the industrial facility...

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Columbus (Championship) 09/04/2021

37th Ohio - Best in Area
Amid the current rethink on Christopher Columbus’s legacy, the prospect for renaming America’s No. 14 city by population has livened up. The most popular candidate (at le...

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