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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Manakiki 22/06/2020

27th Ohio - Best in Area
The two gems of Cleveland Municipal golf—Manakiki and Sleepy Hollow—were essentially won for the general public during the late ‘50s when a lawsuit from two non-golfing,...

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Blue Mound 18/06/2020

8th Wisconsin - Best in Area
It’s appropriate Blue Mound Golf Club will (theoretically) host the Jr. Ryder Cup as part of the greater event’s Wisconsin location during 2020. Although participants in...

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Erin Hills 16/06/2020

5th Wisconsin - Best in Area
Erin Hills was always going to be made or broken by its scope; “made” in the sense that glaciers sculpted a wondrous Midwestern landscape. It seems unfit to rely upon the...

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Little Mountain 04/05/2020

30th Ohio - Best in Area
Michael Hurdzan is based out of Columbus, Ohio and, as a resident of this capital city, your correspondent can attest that much of his work in the area involves courses r...

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Old Toccoa Farm 20/04/2020

Gem USA - Best in Area
Your correspondent had enough on his mind in terms of real mountains, namely the Blue Ridge mountains of North Georgia, and the impact they were having on both his ball a...

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Cooks Creek 02/12/2019

49th Ohio - Best in Area
M. James Ward's review takes care of a good chunk of what I would contribute; namely that the Par 5s at this course are its highlight (the exception being the opener). No...

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Griffin Gate 21/11/2019

8th Kentucky - Best in Area
Typically, a review opening with comparisons to Bethpage Black and Torrey Pines would be a promising one. Unfortunately for Rees Jones, your cynical correspondent managed...

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Stonelick Hills 12/11/2019

36th Ohio - Best in Area
I can list at least three golf courses in Ohio that were founded and designed by entrepreneurs who had made their money in other industries. All three feature an island g...

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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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