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Baltusrol Golf Club
4th Hole, Lower Course
Soon after its founding in 1895, Baltusrol Golf Club’s nine hole course was expanded to eighteen holes. As the membership grew, the Club looked to build a second course to complement the “Old Course”; one of the most famous courses in the US having hosted five USGA National Championships.
In 1918, up and coming architect A.W. Tillinghast was hired. However, rather than build a second course,Tillinghast’s recommendation was to plow over the “Old Course” and build two new courses, the Upper and Lower, side by side at the same time. The “dual course” concept was the first of its kind and cemented Tillinghast as one of the greatest course architects in the history of golf. Both courses opened for play in 1922. In the years that followed, Tillinghast made refinements to the courses and in later years, Robert Trent Jones and his son Rees Jones oversaw renovations to update and lengthen each as well as restore various Tillinghast design features.
In its history, Baltusrol carries the distinction of having hosted US Opens on three different courses as well as having been the site of one or more major championships in all but one decade of the 20th century. Both the Lower and Upper are ranked in the Top 100 Courses in America by Golf Digest, Golfweek and Golf Magazine. Baltusrol is listed on the State of New Jersey and Federal Register of Historic Places and in recognition of Tillinghast’s innovative work, the club has been designated a National Historic Landmark.