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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Lac La Belle 23/11/2020

28th Wisconsin - Best in Area
The history at Lac La Belle is quite remarkable; a mini-museum in the clubhouse pays tribute to what it calls one of the original majors — the Oconomowoc Open — which at...

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Clovernook 19/11/2020

70th Ohio - Best in Area
Clovernook is a charming course from the pen of William Langford and the bulldozer of Theodore Moreau; To the club’s credit, the steep-sided greens preferred by the pair...

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Ohio State University (Gray) 18/11/2020

73rd Ohio - Best in Area
There are typically two opinions when discussing Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course: one, that Jack Nicklaus did a fine job restoring the course to championship-calib...

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Stone Ridge 13/11/2020

72nd Ohio - Best in Area
I’m hardly an urban planner, and the market certainly seems to suggest that as many homes should be crammed in as little space as possible (note: This opinion was express...

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Pinnacle Golf Club 12/11/2020

45th Ohio - Best in Area
In memory of the recently departed Alex Trebek, I’ll open this writeup with a bit of trivia: five major winners who have designed golf courses in the greater Columbus, Oh...

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Bandon Crossings 16/10/2020

20th Oregon - Best in Area
Rex Smith played his hand honestly; he didn’t own any property on the Oregon coast, but he didn’t pretend to build links golf. Instead, he sells Bandon Crossings as a hea...

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Inverness Club 18/09/2020

5th Ohio - Best in Area 82nd USA Ranking 96th North America Ranking
Your correspondent mistakenly believed for years that the Inverness logo featured an elephant and an elk, confusing the flourish of the knight’s helmet to be antler’s on...

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Elyria 14/09/2020

21st Ohio - Best in Area
The Elyria Country Club marks one of the great missed opportunities in golf course names, as the founders of said club opted to adopt the name of this Ohio town rather th...

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Pete Dye 06/08/2020

1st West Virginia - Best in Area
At the risk of insulting Top100’s semi-decent template series writer, I occasionally look elsewhere for insights on architecture. A recent post on “Tie-Ins,” or working t...

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Lakewood Country Club 21/07/2020

50th Ohio - Best in Area
Many know Tillinghast’s final resting place, ashes poured into his beloved Wissahickon. Very few, however, know where he died. That answer is Toledo, Ohio, a state over f...

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Manakiki 22/06/2020

26th 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

7th 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

53rd 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

25th Georgia - 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

48th 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

16th 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

34th 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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