Albert Warren Tillinghast, architect of Paramount Country Club's golf course, was born in north Philadelphia in 1874. As one of the golden age of golf architecture’s prime figures, his golf course designs are among the best in the world. Tillinghast’s greatest courses are those he designed early in his career in the eastern United States.
“A round of golf should present 18 inspirations”, Tillinghast wrote in “Reminiscences of Tillinghast.” Tillinghast was an advocate of strategy and felt greens were key to any course. In his writings, he said that its “holes are like men, all rather similar from foot to neck, but with the greens showing the same varying characters as human faces.”
While many of Tillinghast's courses disappeared entirely during the depression or have been severely altered by time, others (such as Paramount Country Club) remain so well distinguished that they are treasures of the game. Tillinghast knew every hole must be unique yet remain sound and within the rhythm of the routing.
Tillinghast did not require lakes, streams or even trees to prop up his designs–many of his courses are just turf, sand and contours devilishly combined to demand the most from a golfer's intellect and abilities. He also coined the term “birdie” to describe a one-under-par score for a hole. Tillinghast practiced in the days when wealthy men made golf courses. Thus, most of his works are still private clubs and closely guarded secrets.
Other notable Tillinghast courses include:
Baltustrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ
Bethpage State Park (Black Course) in Farmingdale, NY
Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, NY
Somerset Hills Golf Club in Bernardsville, NJ
Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY