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Ridgewood Country Club: East/West/Center

Paramus, NJ, United States Private

Overview

Ridgewood was always one of A.W. Tillinghast’s favorites. He lived nearby, was a club member and a close friend with the club's longtime pro, George Jacobus, who served as president of the PGA of America for seven years. (It was Jacobus who brought the 1935 Ryder Cup to Ridgewood.) The 27 holes that Tillinghast created were some of his most demanding. Not surprisingly, the course has long been a tournament venue, particularly in recent years, following extensive tree removal and bunker renovation by Gil Hanse. Ridgewood’s tournament 18 consists of holes from all three nines, but our survey ranks the East and West 9s, because the composite 18 isn’t routinely available for panelists. That means the club’s drivable par-4 sixth on its Center nine, the famed “Five and Dime” hole, isn’t evaluated by Golf Digest. Yet Ridgewood continues to be one of the top-ranked clubs in the nation. That tells you just how strong all the holes are at Ridgewood.

About

Holes 27
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1927
Designer A.W. Tillinghast/(R) Gil Hanse

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked 2015-2016 & since 2019.
2023-'24 ranking: 152nd.
Previous ranking: 134th.

100 Greatest: Ranked from 1989-1996.
Highest Ranking: 76th, 1989-1990.

Best in State: Ranked in Top 5 in New Jersey in 2001; Top 10 from 1977-1999 & since 2005; Top 15 in 2003.
Current Ranking: 6th.
Previous ranking: 7th.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.4147
Character
7.5087
Challenge
7.4662
Layout Variety
7.3437
Fun
7.3875
Aesthetics
7.3592
Conditioning
7.6031

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