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• The Tillinghast Letters of 1935 - 1936 •


Albert Warren (A. W.) Tillinghast
(1874-1942)

Albert W. Tillinghast Consults Local Golf Courses for the PGA

In the late 1920s Albert W. Tillinghast designed 27 holes for the Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. While working on that project he struck up a friendship with the golf professional, George Jacobus. Soon after that the Great Depression arrived. Like other businesses golf was hard hit. Golf courses were closing and golf professionals were losing their jobs. In 1933 Jacobus was elected president of the PGA of America. He knew that something had to be done to keep the golf courses from closing and save the PGA members from unemployment. Through the leadership of Jacobus the PGA hired Tillinghast as a consultant. For three years (1935-37) he traveled across the USA giving advice to the people who ran golf courses on how to save money. Much of Tillinghast’s advice concerned the removal of unneeded bunkers or mounds that had become outdated by modern technology in golf equipment. The steel shafted golf club was the leading culprit. During that three-year period Tillinghast visited more than 500 golf courses. He only visited a club at the invitation of its PGA golf professional and his fee was paid by the PGA. After each visit Tillinghast reported to the PGA by writing a letter to Jacobus detailing his day’s visit.

-Pete Trenham     

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June 12, 1922 was a very special day in the history of golf in the Philadelphia Section of the PGA. The above picture represents their very first organized tournament at Tredyffrin Country Club in Paoli. Pictured are the PGA members and a number of their guests. Pete Trenham, long time PGA member and golf historian, has digitally enhanced this photograph and identified everyone in the enlarged photograph. Click on photo to enlarge and find more information.

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