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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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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Denison at Granville 17/09/2019

59th 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

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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Shanty Creek (Cedar River) 23/08/2019

59th 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

35th 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

69th 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

20th 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

16th 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

84th 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 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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Sleepy Hollow Golf Course 26/06/2019

29th 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

8th 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

14th 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 14/06/2019

55th 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

24th 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

42nd 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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