Ridgewood Country Club?

Five players “punched their tickets” to the opening leg of the Fed Ex Cup “playoffs” this week, which will be hosted by the A.W. Tillinghast designed Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. The tight venue lasted hosted a big time event in 2001, when Tom Watson won the 2001 Senior PGA, and was ranked in the Top 75 classic U.S. designs by Golfweek.

Brendan Prunty over at The Star-Ledger has a running “Barc Blog” going, which is worth checking out. Some highlights thus far include a players’ parking lot full of BMWs (every player is driving a complementary BMW X6), an empty course (no one practicing at 6:52 a.m.), and this amusing anecdote about “Tillie”:

When Ridgewood Country Club moved to its current site off of Midland Avenue in Paramus in 1927, it wanted the finest course money could buy. For this task, there was only one man for the job.

Albert Warren Tillinghast.

But perfection came at a price. Did the club want to deal with “Tillie the Terrible” — the whiskey-drinking, gun-brandishing, rough-as-sandpaper course designer? All golf clubs had heard the rumors of his tirades and behavior, but they also knew he was masterful at laying out a golf course. With high demands for its 27-hole plan, Ridgewood decided to roll the dice.

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