A. W. Tillinghast

Full Name
Albert Warren Tillinghast
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Year of Birth
1876
Year of Death
1942 aged 66
Place Born
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Place Died
Toledo, Ohio, USA

World Golf Hall of Fame – Class of 2015: “An original member of the PGA of America, Tillinghast laid out his first course in Shawnee-on-Delaware in 1909 at age 36. His Brook Hollow Golf Course in Dallas, TX, built in 1921, is the first course to have complete fairway irrigation.”

“A.W. Tillinghast, known in his day as “Tillie the Terror”, was as outstanding golf architect, and also one of the most colorful characters in the history of golf,” wrote Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten in The Golf Course. “The only child of a wealthy Philadelphia couple, Tillinghast was a spoiled, pampered youth. He ran with a local gang of boys – called The Kelly Street Gang – who seemed bent on engaging in the most scandalous behaviour that could be attempted in the late 1890s.

At the age of 20, Tillinghast abruptly left the band of ruffians, joined a more refined social circle and married a lovely young woman named Lillian. He then worked hard to develop an aristocratic image. He took on the trappings of a connoisseur and raconteur, collected beautiful pieces of furniture, china and art, and wrote self-published novels full of maudlin prose. He lived the life of a sportsman, dabbling in cricket, billiards, polo and bridge.”

Albert’s father took him to St Andrews in 1896 and introduced him to Old Tom Morris. His passion for the game developed rapidly following a number of lessons from the old master and four-time Open Champion.

Between 1905 and 1915, Tillinghast competed in the US Amateur Championship alongside golfing notables including Chandler Egan and Walter Travis. “In 1906, at the behest of Charles Worthington (who had made a fortune with his pump company),” continue Cornish and Whitten, “Tillinghast somewhat audaciously laid out a golf course on the Worthington family’s farm at Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pennsylvania.” Tillinghast’s inaugural design (once known as Poxono Country Club) is still accessible for public play (for a very modes...

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Alpine Country Club

22nd New Jersey - Best in Area

In 1931, A.W. Tillinghast was tasked with routing the course at Alpine Country Club over a forested, hilly property close to the Hudson River.

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Baltimore (East)

1st Maryland - Best in Area 66th USA Ranking 76th North America Ranking

Although the club was inaugurated in 1898, the East course at Baltimore Country Club was designed by the great genius of golf course architecture, A.W. Tillinghast and it opened for play in 1926.

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Baltusrol (Upper)

6th New Jersey - Best in Area

The Upper course at Baltusrol Golf Club was laid out by the "Creator of Golf Courses", the legendary A. W. Tillinghast.

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Bedford Springs (Old)

35th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

The course at the Bedford Springs Hotel dates back to 1895. Altered on separate occasions by A.W. Tillinghast and Donald Ross, it was renovated by Ron Forse in 2007. Today's layout is quite short (under 6,450 yards) with half the holes laid out alongside the waters of Shobers Run.

Bethpage (Red)

41st New York - Best in Area

Second only to the 18 holes on the Black layout at the five-course Bethpage State Park complex, the Red course is known to some as “Baby Black,” giving ample indication of the challenge that awaits here.

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Brackenridge Park

70th Texas - Best in Area

The oldest public 18-hole layout in Texas, Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio has hosted twenty-one editions of the Texas Open from 1922 to 1959. None other than A. W. Tillinghast designed “Old Brack” in 1916.

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Brook Hollow

5th Texas - Best in Area

Built on what was at that time open, rolling farmland, the lush acres of Brook Hollow Golf Club have unfortunately become surrounded by housing...

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Brooklawn

10th Connecticut - Best in Area

Host to the 1979 US Women’s Open and 1987 US Senior Open, the course at Brooklawn Country Club is a late 1920s redesign by A. W. Tillinghast that’s been modified and adapted for the modern era by Ron Forse.

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