A Tillinghast Trilogy In The Heartland

A.W. Tillinghast, circa 1920 Courtesy USGA Archives

MISSION HILLS, KANSAS | As another major championship plays out this week at Winged Foot’s vaunted West course, we will be reminded once again of the enduring architectural genius of A.W. Tillinghast. Along with Baltusrol and Bethpage Black, Tillinghast courses are generally go-to venues when a major championship is looking to tap the New York regional market. The northeastern United States is sprinkled with Tillinghast original gems from the first third of the 20th century – Aronimink, Ridgewood, Newport, Sunnehanna, Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon), Somerset Hills, Quaker Ridge and Shawnee. If Tilly simply offered a little advice to a colleague, you could end up with Hell’s Half Acre on the seventh hole at Pine Valley. When he traveled to the left coast for his only California original design, he left behind the venerated San Francisco Golf Club.

As one of only six golf course architects inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Tilly’s prolific work is pretty well kn…

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