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, McKellar, Golf Course Architecture, and others. A resident of Columbus, Ohio, he enjoys black metal and overanalyzing his home state's courses.

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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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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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