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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sunnehanna 09/09/2019

11th 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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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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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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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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Old American 27/06/2019

53rd 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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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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Bulle Rock 06/06/2019

7th 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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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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