Devereux Emmet

Full Name
Devereux Emmet
Year of Birth
1861
Year of Death
1934 (aged 73)
Place Born
Pelham, New York, USA
Place Died
Garden City, New York, USA

Emmet’s work reflected his experiences in the British Isles. His courses incorporated great variety, and he accomplished this in numerous ways: varying the length of holes; and mixing up the size, shape and positioning of the bunkers, to name favoured ploys. Keith Cutten, The Evolution of Golf Course Design

Devereux Emmet was born into a large family of ten children, nine of whom lived into adulthood. His father William Jenkins Emmet was a keen yachtsman and his mother Julia Colt Pierson was an illustrator and painter. His brothers all became prosperous businessmen and his three sisters were gifted artists.

Emmet graduated from Columbia University in Upper Manhattan in 1883 after studying law and six years later he married Ella Smith, the daughter of Judge J. Lawrence Smith. The couple raised two boys, Richard Smith Emmet (born 1889) and Devereux Emmet Jr. (born 1897).

Devereux was an accomplished golfer and reached the quarter finals of the 1904 Amateur Championship at Royal St George's, when Walter Travis became the first overseas winner of the event. He travelled regularly to the UK on hunting and golfing trips and was known to train hunting dogs at home for the purpose of selling them in Britain.

He’s said to have visited many of the famous courses in the British Isles on behalf of C.B. Macdonald, sketching holes that would be used in the design of the National Golf Links of America.

Alexander Turney Stewart, his wife’s wealthy uncle, purchased a large property on the Hempstead Plains of Long Island with the intention of developing the planned village of Garden City. Stewart then chose Emmet to design and build a golf course called Island Golf Links, based on links layouts he’d recently seen in Scotland.

An initial 9-hole course opened for play in 1897 and this was extended to eighteen holes two years later, with the final layout eventually becoming known as Garden City Golf Club. In 1902, Willie Auchterlonie won the eight edition of the US Open...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Devereux Emmet

Congressional (Blue)

2nd Maryland - Best in Area

Founded in 1924 and officially opened by President Calvin Coolidge, the Congressional Country Club started out with a relatively straightforward 18-hole course designed by Devereux Emmet...

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Congressional (Gold)

9th Maryland - Best in Area

Laid out in 1924, the Gold course at Congressional Country Club was redesigned by Arthur Hills in 2000 though the best holes on the card may still be two of the Devereux Emmet originals, the 1st and the 18th.

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Engineers

23rd New York - Best in Area

The Engineers Country Club dates back to 1917 and is located in the village of Roslyn Harbor, which enjoys a unique position on the Gold Coast of Long Island.

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Hartford (Red & Blue)

11th Connecticut - Best in Area

A 27-hole facility, the Red and Blue nines at the Hartford Golf Club are often combined to form the premier 18-hole course. That’s not to say that the 9-hole Green circuit is any way inferior, however.

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Huntington

46th New York - Best in Area

Devereux Emmet designed the Huntington Country Club course back in 1911. It’s been altered since then (including Emmet again in 1928) but there’s still enough character left to set it apart from many others in the area.

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Keney Park

17th Connecticut - Best in Area

Keney Park Golf Course first appeared in 1927, when Devereux Emmet crafted the front nine. The sporting centrepiece of one of America’s first public parks, this layout was renovated by Matt Dusenberry in 2016.

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Leatherstocking

38th New York - Best in Area

Laid out on the southern shores of Otsego Lake, looking onto Blackbird Bay, the fairways of the Leatherstocking golf course (formerly known as Cooperstown Country Club) lie less than a mile from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

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Mahopac

54th New York - Best in Area

Devereux Emmet extended the 9-hole course at Mahopac Golf and Beach Club to an 18-hole track in 1913. Today, this engaging layout measures just over 6,500 yards from the tips, featuring fescue-fringed bunkers and captivating greens.

Rockaway Hunting Club

53rd New York - Best in Area

Members of the Rockaway Hunting Club on Brosewere Bay have played on their 18-hole layout for over a hundred years now. Devereux Emmet set out the original course in 1915 before A. W. Tillinghast added seven new holes a decade later. Gil Hanse ran a restoration project for the club in 2009.