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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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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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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Columbus (Championship) 09/04/2021

37th Ohio - Best in Area
Amid the current rethink on Christopher Columbus’s legacy, the prospect for renaming America’s No. 14 city by population has livened up. The most popular candidate (at le...

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Broadmoor Country Club 30/07/2021

9th Indiana - Best in Area
If one is driving along Interstate 70, they will have a number of opportunities to play a Broadmoor by Donald Ross; I, an Ohio native, opted to stay closer to home and tr...

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Kenwood (Kendale) 15/06/2021

28th Ohio - Best in Area
“As we were driving in, Dad mentioned that they had a lot fewer trees than we do.” I present this quote from my mother — not to draw attention to the fact that the parent...

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Springfield 13/08/2021

14th Ohio - Best in Area
Defining the top three Donald Ross courses in Ohio is a fairly simple exercise...perhaps Andrew Green’s restoration of Scioto will bring it into contention with Inverness...

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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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Westbrook 26/04/2021

30th Ohio - Best in Area
My playing partner at Westbrook Country Club frequently hinted that I should mind the “steel mill effect” and the ball’s tendency to break toward the industrial facility...

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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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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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Kebo Valley 07/05/2019

6th 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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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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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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Olde Stonewall 23/05/2019

37th 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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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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Bethpage (Red) 20/05/2019

38th 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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Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek) 28/04/2022

16th Oregon - Best in Area
Standing at the tee for No. 16 on the Ghost Creek course at Pumpkin Ridge, I only briefly searched my mind for what hole this short par three, surrounded by a pearl neckl...

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Apple Valley 20/04/2022

51st Ohio - Best in Area
John Chapman’s legacy, if he had his choice, would probably have been his role as a missionary, spreading his Christian ideals across the American Midwest, with particula...

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