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Late Bloomer

The top 20 courses designed by A.W. Tillinghast

Although Albert Warren Tillinghast is one of the greatest course architects in the history of golf, he began his remarkable career relatively late in life. He was 41 when he started designing San Francisco Golf Club, the first of his numerous Golden Age masterpieces, including the likes of Bethpage Black, Somerset Hills and 36 holes each at Winged Foot and Baltusrol.

While other architects are known for distinctive styles, Tillinghast has many different designs and looks. But he did want to place a premium on approach shots, and liked to use cross hazards to tempt players—some of his classics are the fairway bunkers at the 4th at Bethpage Black and the 17th at Baltusrol Lower.

Tillinghast’s work is usually on display at the majors, but his classic design at New Jersey’s Ridgewood Country Club takes center stage as the host of the Barclay’s, the PGA Tour’s first FedEx Cup event.

Find out more about Ridgewood, Bethpage and others with the following slideshow of Tillie’s 20 best layouts.


>> No. 20: Bethpage (Red)
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