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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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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Rocky Gap 05/06/2019

20th Maryland - Best in Area
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you tea leaves, you make iced tea. Arnold Palmer proved that the disparate elements make for a delicious co...

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Lodestone 04/06/2019

12th Maryland - Best in Area
A “lodestone” is a naturally magnetic piece of stone that is found with some frequency in the Western hills of Maryland. Golfers may wish for such a geologic relationship...

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Olde Stonewall 23/05/2019

38th Pennsylvania - Best in Area
Perhaps ownership actually decided to build the castle-themed clubhouse after seeing the completed golf course; after all...that sort of excess wasn't a far-cry from the...

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Bethpage (Red) 20/05/2019

41st New York - Best in Area
Bethpage Black's notorious warning sign gets all of the attention on the clubhouse patio, yet the opening hole that merits such a sign belongs to the "Red" course. The 46...

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Wintonbury Hills 14/05/2019

15th Connecticut - Best in Area
Those attempting the New England Tour de Dye in New England only need to book one night at a Hartford hotel, as the Connecticut town hosts both of the designer's efforts...

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Kebo Valley 07/05/2019

4th Maine - Best in Area
Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and indeed most of Mt. Desert Island has had little reason to change in the past century and, accordingly, neither has Kebo Valley Golf C...

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