A Man, a Need and a Vision.

Although he would have disagreed, no title better described Adolph Zukor than "Hollywood Mogul."

In fact, as the head of Paramount Studios for 50 years, he may have been the Hollwood mogul, even though he spent most of his career in New York. Despite the bright lights of Broadway and the glamorous heights of Manhattan society in which he traveled, Zukor always described himself as no more than a "simple merchant."

In 1918, the war was nearly over and Zukor was an industry titan, but the stresses in his personal life combined with the demands of business seriously affected his health.

He needed an estate where he could not only manage and grow the business, but do so while living a calmer, more relaxed life. He purchased a property about 30 miles North of Manhattan, behind the glorious Palisades overlooking the Hudson River - a 300 acre estate that had everything he wanted: rolling hills, a large stone house, incomparable views and a small 9 hole golf course on the property. It was called Mountain View Farm and he used the propery to entertain many of the prominent actors and celebrities of the day including Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, The Prince of Wales and Herbert Hoover.

Albert Warren Tillinghast (Tilly) was at the height of his creative genius and successful career when he was approached by Zukor to design a new golf course for Mountain View Farm.

During the years 1920-1922, when he designed and built the course at Mountain View Farm, Tilly was producing other courses that today, are still considered among the best in the world. They include his seminal work, the San Francisco Golf Club, and his Texas treasure, Brook Hollow. He also created the Wisshickon course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and would soon begin work on the 36 holes of Winged Foot.

Zukor retained the property until 1948, when the estate was sold to a syndicate of New York businessmen who turned it into a club called Dells Golf and Country Club, and then later Dellwood Country Club.

For nearly 60 years, Dellwood Country Club was a vibrant and prestigious private club. As golf boomed in post-war America, the club thrived and was well cared for by its members. They continued to enjoy their course, but felt little need to share it with others. Therefore, it never achieved the status of the other Tillinghast designs and stayed under the radar of course raters and architecture aficionados.

Enter the Mandelbaum family.

Well experienced in real estate and committed to long-term investing, the family saw enormous potential in Dellwood, vowing to restore the club and its course to past greatness. They took over Dellwood in 2009 and with the new ownership came a new name - Paramount Country Club. The most exciting part of the club's rebirth is the restoration of its golf course. Jim Urbina was hired to bring back the challenges and features that are uniquely and unequivocally Tillinghast. For nearly 30 years, Urbina has been designing new courses and lovingly restoring old ones, including some of Tilly's finest. In 2010, he and Tom Doak were named "Architects of the Year" by Golf Magazine. Urbina shares credit for some already legendary names from this new golden age of course design including Pacific Dunes, Sebonack and Apache Stronghold. He also helped restore a number of American classics such as Pasatiempo, The Valley Club, Garden City Golf Club and the crown jewel of Tillinghast's career, San Francisco Golf Club.

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