Date: Wed 07 Jun 2017

Tillinghast: Creator of Golf Courses

By Philip Young

Tillinghast: Creator of Golf Courses

Albert Warren Tillinghast was a Promethean figure in American golf. Designer of world-class courses such as Winged Foot, Baltusrol and Bethpage Black, and brilliant essayist and influential advocate for the game.

This authoritative work published by Classics of Golf is the first biography of the great course architect. It provides an in-depth look at his life, his philosophy, his courses and his tremendous impact on the American game.

Tilly was a rudderless youth until his father took him to St. Andrews in 1896 and introduced him to “Old Tom Morris”. His passion and knowledge of the game flourished quickly. He became quite the amateur player.

Later in life when Tilly’s interest in golf expanded to designing and architecture, he insisted on making his courses enjoyable for the average golfer even as they tested the world’s best to the utmost. Barnstorming on behalf of the PGA in 1936 and 1937, Tillinghast visited more than 400 clubs. His whirlwind tour helped the clubs and the PGA survive the Great Depression. Today, A.W. Tillinghast remains one of the most prolific architects in the history of golf (according to Wikipedia).

This book is available for loan from the EIGCA Library.

Golf Course Design