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Tillinghast: Creator Of Golf Courses

By Philip Young

A.W. 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. If you have played any of Tillinghast’s golf courses – or if you have plans to play them – you will definitively love this book.
The special edition printing of book is presented in a handsome high-end leather and custom silhouette slipcase. This limited edition version is numbered and signed by the author.

“Author Philip Young has made an immense contribution to my profession and art form, namely golf course architecture…Having studied this book, I am deeply impressed.”

Geoffrey S. Cornish, golf course architect

“At last we have an authoritative biography of the great golf architect Albert Warren Tillinghast. Well researched and very readable, it brings the master fully to life. Those of us who previously had only a rudimentary knowledge of Tilly, based on the classic courses he created, will marvel at the real man–his ambitions, his ideals and his struggles.”

— Bob Grant, noted English golf historian, collector and publisher

“I thought it quite good… Your recitation of his life events and attitudes seemed to be as close to accurate as one can get from the distance of many decades…”

— Philip W. Brown Jr., grandson of A.W. Tillinghast


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 tilliemaking 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 (wikipedia).

Links Magazine published an article that presents the “20 Best Tilly Course Layouts” (click here for article).


Here is a link to Golf Magazine’s “Top 10 A.W. Tillinghast Courses”.
The video slideshow below was produced by the Tillinghast Association, who have done a tremendous job curating all things Tilly.
You can visit them on the web (click here) for additional photos and information.