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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, “Tilly” was also a brilliant essayist and influential advocate for the game.

This authoritative work 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.


+ Tilly was a rudderless youth until his father took him to St. Andrews in 1896 and introduced him to “Old Tom Morris”.

+ The architect influenced the design of Pine Valley and scored the first birdie there.

+ Tilly insisted on making 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, advising them on maintenance and design. His whirlwind tour helped the clubs and the PGA itself survive the Great Depression.

+ Interviewing Tillinghast’s descendants, author Young makes the case that Tilly suffered from depression. He documents Tilly’s struggles with alcohol and clarifies his often misrepresented finances.

+ The book includes the most comprehensive presentation of Tillinghast’s life’s work, alphabetically and by year, plus appendices on his friendship with Donald Ross, the making of Bethpage Black and much more.


"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

"In Tillinghast: Creator of Golf Courses," author Philip Young sheds new light on the life of legendary architect and Baltusrol mastermind Albert Warren Tillinghast."
     -- Golfonline.com

"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

(pictured below: the Special Limited Edition cover with custom silhouette slipcase)


This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 30 April, 2009.

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