A. W. Tillinghast

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A.W. Tillinghast
Born (1876-05-07)May 7, 1876
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died May 19, 1942(1942-05-19) (aged 66)
Toledo, Ohio
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Projects Baltusrol Golf Club, Bethpage State Park, Winged Foot Golf Club, Newport Country Club, Ridgewood Country Club & The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort

Albert Warren "Tillie" Tillinghast (May 7, 1876 – May 19, 1942)[1][2] was a noted American golf course architect. Tillinghast was one of the most prolific architects in the history of golf; he worked on no fewer than 265 different courses. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2014 and was inducted in July 2015.[3]

Tillinghast was born in 1874 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Benjamin Collins Tillinghast, owner of a rubber goods company there. He died in 1942 in Toledo, Ohio.

Tillinghast-designed courses have hosted multiple professional golf major championships—the 1927 and 1949 PGA Championships, contested at Cedar Crest Park, and Hermitage Country Club, respectively; the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009, contested at the Black Course of Bethpage State Park; the 2005 PGA Championship, contested at Baltusrol Golf Club, which has also been the host of seven U.S. Opens; the 2006 U.S. Open, contested at Winged Foot Golf Club; and many others. He also designed the course at the Ridgewood Country Club, used for the 1935 Ryder Cup and Scarboro Golf and Country Club in Toronto, host of the Canadian Open for four occasions.

In Westchester County (New York) alone, among the most noted of the sixteen courses that Tillinghast designed there are Fenway Golf Club, Scarsdale; Wykagyl Country Club, New Rochelle; Old Oaks Country Club, Purchase; Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarsdale; Scarsdale Golf Club, Hartsdale, where he designed the back nine; Briar Hall Golf & Country Club (now Trump National Golf Club) and Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor; and Winged Foot Golf Club (East & West), Mamaroneck. Another notable Tillinghast golf course was created specifically for Paramount Pictures founder Adolf Zukor in 1920, now known as Paramount Country Club, in Rockland County, New York. Tillinghast was also the uncredited co-designer of several green complexes at Century Country Club in Purchase.

The Wissahickon Course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club is dedicated to Tillinghast, who designed the course in 1920.

Results in major championships

Tournament 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912
U.S. Amateur WD R32 R32 DNQ DNQ DNP DNP R32 DNQ DNP R32

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion
R256, R128, R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in match play
Yellow background for top-10

Source for U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur: USGA Championship Database

See also


  1. Shackelford, Geoff (June 13, 2006). "he Best Holes Ever Designed by Winged Foot Architect A.W. Tillinghast". Sports Illustrated.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Mallon, Bill; Jerris, Randon (2011). Historical Dictionary of Golf. Scarecrow Press. p. 294. ISBN 9780810874657.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. McAllister, Mike (October 15, 2014). "Class of 2015 Hall of Famers receive surprise calls". PGA Tour.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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