Tillinghast’s Work

A.W. Tillinghast was a golf journalist, author and poet. Over some 40 years, his articles, short stories and poems were published by numerous national and regional publications.

Over the first third of his journalist career he worked as a newspaper sports editor in Philadelphia and wrote feature articles for GolfThe American CricketerCountry Club Life and The Golf CourseGolfer’s Magazine, and The Architectural Forum. Over his career, some number of his written pieces were syndicated and published in various U.S. newspapers. He also authored two books of fictional golf tales and one short promotional pamphlet on golf course architecture. He started his writing career covering sports, cricket and golf for several Philadelphia newspapers. He also covered the local Philadelphia golf scene for The American Golfer and its editor Walter Travis writing under the pen name “Hazard.” There is speculation, but no definitive proof, that he also wrote for the American Golfer under the pen name “Far and Sure,” from June of 1911 through January of 1913, when Hazard did not appear in the magazine. His last known piece writing as Hazard was in the May 1919 issue of The American Golfer

Tillinghast’s writings give us a first-hand account into golf in America in its early days. He saw and wrote about the development of his first course Shawnee, and the masterpieces of Pine Valley and Merion. He witnessed the rise and fall of America’s first U.S. Open champion Johnny McDermott. He covered the play in America’s early amateur and open tournaments and in many of these tournaments also competed as a player. He had access to all the leaders of golf in America which gave him an inside perspective to write in his columns and essays. 

In 1914 Tillinghast began writing a monthly column for Golf Illustrated called “The Humor of the Game.” In June of 1917 he began writing a monthly column called “The Green Committee Page,” which he contributed through October of 1920. He would continue to write feature articles for Golf Illustrated on a sporadic basis through the nineteen-twenties. The demands of his flourishing golf architecture practice may have kept him from writing more frequently during this period. However when he did write, his articles were feature pieces on varied topics on all things golf, from recent and historic tournament play to golf architecture and maintenance. 

With the unset of the Great Depression and the decline in his golf architecture business, Tillinghast was writing again on a regular monthly basis for Golf Illustrated, and for a short period for The American Golfer. In June of 1933, Tillinghast was named the Editor of Golf Illustrated, and would serve in that role until the magazine closed down in 1935. The last published issue of Golf Illustrated was in August 1935, and the final issue dated September 1935 was never printed for circulated. 

After being named the consulting golf course architect for the PGA of America in 1935, Tillinghast contributed a feature monthly piece for The Professional Golfer of America. His last article for this magazine was in the November 1937 issue shortly after his PGA tour service had ended. 

After moving from New Jersey to California, Tillinghast became an associate editor at The Pacific Coast Golfer alongside his friend Scotty Chisolm. He began writing a monthly column for this magazine in the February 1938 issue, and his last known article was in the February 1940 issue. 

This annotated bibliography includes over 400 published works authored by Tillinghast which are currently in the Tillinghast Association Archive. However, this bibliography is not all-inclusive. Not included are many Tillinghast articles from various newspapers and magazines. As these articles are rediscovered, it is the intent to update this bibliography. There are also many articles published by Golf Illustrated with no by-line during Tillinghast’s tenure as the editor; but these articles have not been listed in this bibliography at this time. Articles expressly written by The Editor during this same period have been included.