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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Sunnehanna 09/09/2019

12th 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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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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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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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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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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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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Fowler's Mill (Lake & River) 25/07/2019

14th 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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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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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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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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Shepherd's Hollow (10-27) 15/08/2019

58th 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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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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Shanty Creek (Cedar River) 23/08/2019

49th 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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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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Shennecossett 06/08/2019

27th 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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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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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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