Courtesy of Somerset Hills CC
Courtesy of Somerset Hills
Somerset Hills is another marvelous A.W. Tillinghast design, one of the few that has remained virtually unchanged since it opened in 1918. So it may be the most authentic Tillinghast course on the 100 Greatest. It’s a charming, laid-back design that works through seemingly undisturbed rolling terrain, past rock outcroppings and around small-but-distinctive water hazards. Tilly designed this with a spoonful of whimsy, with “dolomite” mounds edging one green and startling knobs within another putting surface. Like Baltusrol Upper, Somerset Hills has a Tillinghast version of a Redan par 3.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 1985.
2023-'24 ranking: 57th.
Previous Ranking: 50th.
Highest Ranking: 41st, 2013-2014.
Best in State: Ranked in Top 5 in New Jersey from 1981-2009 & since 2013; Top 10 from 2011-2012.
Current ranking (and previously): 3rd.