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Alfred H. Tull
Golf Course Architect

By   ERNIE APRIL

Alfred Horace Tull, a well-known golf course architect with offices in White Plains, NY, laid out exceptional courses from Newfoundland to Arkansas.  English-born Tull emigrated with his family to Canada in 1907 and to the United States in 1914. He began his career with his brother William J. Tull in a firm that supervised the the construction of the golf courses designed by Walter Travis, A.W. Tillinghast, and Devereux Emmet. During this period, the Tull brothers designed a few golf courses on their own.

Alfred Horace Tull

born:  7 Jan 1897, in Brighton, Sussex, England 

immigration: ~1920, New York

residence: Connecticut

fellow: American Society of Golf Course Architects

died:   28 Sep 1982, age 85, Fort Meyers, FL    

In 1924, Alfred H. Tull joined Devereux Emmet (1862-1934) as a design associate.  Full partnership with Emmet in 1929 established Alfred H. Tull as a respected professional golf course architect.  Tull continued the practice on his own after the death of Emmet in 1934.  

Alfred H. Tull became Member No. 33 of the American Society of Golf Course Architects in 1963 and a Fellow of the society in 1967.

Those associated with Tull envied his remarkable ability to lay out individual holes and develop a routing plan for the entire course merely by walking the land and without resort to a topographical plan.  Subsequently, he would place his circuit on a topo to convey to others his conceptual proposal. 

Characteristics of Tull designs included ferocious free-flowing bunkers, defending generous (even flamboyant) greens. Tull felt that chipping should be an integral part of the game.  While Tull made extensive use of water, it was restrained.  "A bad shot may indeed earn a dunking, but a decent shot will usually avoid disaster."  Perfect swings are not required.

Tull's design and re-design work in chronological order includes:

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1924  Port Jefferson CC (Port Jefferson, LI, NY): Devereux Emmet designed an eighteen-hole course which included the original course built by Alfred Tull. In 1956, Alfred Tull Re-designed the course.

1924  The Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, MD) Private, 36 hole.  Devereux Emmet designed the eighteen-hole Blue Course which was built by Alfred Tull.

1927  Green Hill Yacht and CC  (Quantico, MD): Private (military), 18-hole. Designed and built by Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull. 

1927  Hampshire Country Club (Mamaroneck, NY). Private, 18-hole. Designed and built by Devereux Emmet with Alfred Tull.

1927  Keney Park Golf Course (Hartford, CT): Public, 18-hole. Designed by Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull.

1927  Nassau Country Club (Gen Cove, LI, NY) Designed and built by Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull. 

1927  Seawane Country Club (Hewlett Harbor, LI, NY) Private, 18-hole. Designed and built by Devereux Emmet with Alfred Tull.

1927  South Shore Golf Course (Staten Island, NY): Public, 18-Hole. Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull.

1928  Bedford Golf & Tennis Club (Bedford Village, NY). This 1891 Private 18-hole course was re-designed by Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull.

1928  Bonnie Briar Country Club (Larchmont, NY): Private, 18 hole. This 1921 Devereux Emmet course was re-designed by Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull. 

1928  Huntington Country Club (Huntington, NY): Private, 18 hole. Existing 1910 Devereux Emmet course re-designed by Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull.

1928  Old Country Club / Flushing Country Club (Flushing, LI, NY): Private, 18 hole, extinct (c.1936). Course re-designed by Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull.

1928  Radisson Cable Beach Hotel & Golf Course (formerly Carnival's Crystal Palace Golf Course)  (Nassau, Bahamas) 18-hole. Designed by Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull.

1928  Belmont Hotel Golf & Country Club formerly the St. George Hotel Golf Course (St George, Bermuda): Resort, 18 hole. Designed by Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull.

1928  Vernon Hills Country Club (NY): Private, 18-hole, extinct. Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull.

1929  Schuyler Meadows Course (Loudonville, NY). Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull.

1929  Broadmoor Country Club (New Rochelle, NY). Public, 18-hole, extinct. Designed and built by Emmet & Tull.

1929  Cooper River Country Club (NJ): Extinct. Designed by Devereux Emmet with Alfred H. Tull.

1929  Cape Cod Country Club, (Hatchville, MA). Public, 9-hole. Designed by Emmet & Tull. Fairways roll through Scotch pines to greens tucked away in grass covered dunes.

1929  Henry F. DuPont Private Course (DE): Personal, 18 hole, extinct. Re-designed by Emmet & Tull.

1929  Rockwood Hall Country Club (Tarrytown, NY): Private (built as personal), 18-hole, extinct. Designed and built by Emmet & Tull.

1929  Vanderbilt Estate Golf Course (LI, NY): Personal, 9-Hole, extinct. Designed and built by Emmet & Tull.

1929  Wheatley Hills Golf Club (Williston, LI, NY): Private, 18 hole. Re-designed by Emmet & Tull.

1930  Mayflower Golf Course (NY) Extinct, 18-hole. Designed by Emmet & Tull

1931  Hog Back Mountain Course (NC):  Resort, 9-hole, extinct. Designed and built by Emmet & Tull. 

1931  Huntington Crescent Club  (Huntington, LI, NY) Private, 18-hole, extinct. East Course: Alfred Tull Re-designed the 1910  Devereux Emmet 9-hole creation. West course: Added 9 holes designed and built by Emmet & Tull.

1932  Concord Resort and Golf Club (Kiameshia Lake, NY) Challenger Course: Resort,18-hole. Original 9-holes designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1932  Greenacres Country Club (Lawrenceville, NJ): Private, 18-hole. Designed and built by Emmet & Tull.

1933  Silver Spring Country Club (Ridgefield, CT): Private, 18-Hole. Designed by Robert White. Re-designed by Alfred Tull.

1933  Fulton Estate Golf Course (CT): 18-hole, extinct. Designed and built by Emmet & Tull.

1934  Hob Nob Hill Golf Course (CT): 18-hole, extinct. Designed and built by Emmet & Tull. 

1935  Passaic County Golf Course (Wayne, NJ): Municipal, 36 hole. Alfred Tull designed and built additional nine to the original nine.

1937  Hercules Country Club now Delaware National Country Club (Wilmington, DE): Private, original 9-hole course. Designed and built by Alfred Tull. 6-

1938  DuPont Country Club (Wilmington, DE). Nemours Course: Private, 18-hole championship course. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1941  Hercules Country Club now Delaware National Country Club (Wilmington, DE): Private, second 9-hole course. Designed and built by Alfred Tull. The signature hole on the South Course is #4, a 399-yard, par 4, featuring a dogleg left fairway and an elevated green.

1941  Lawrence Park Gold Club (Lawrence Park, PA): Private, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1943  Valley Forge V.A. Hospital Course (Valley Forge, PA): Military, 18 Hole, extinct. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1947  Willow Ridge Country Club formerly Hasty Brook C.C. (Harrison, NY): Private, 18 hole. Alfred Tull re-designed the 1917 course.

1947  Brandywine Country Club (Wilmington, DE): Private, 18-hole championship course. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1947  Country Club of New Canaan (New Canaan, CT)   Private, 18-hole. Alfred Tull designed and built the additional nine.

1948  Ledgemont Country Club (Seekonk, MA): Private, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1949  Canoe Brook Country Club (Summit, NJ): Private, 36-Hole. North Course: 18-hole. Alfred Tull and Walter Travis re-designed this 1905 Alex Smith course. Only holes 17 and 18 retain evidence of Tull's expansive hazarding. Ranked 10th among "America's 100 Most Testing Courses (1969-1970)."  Among "America's 200 Toughest Courses" (1967-1968).

1949  Seaford Golf & Country Club (Seaford, DE): Private, 18-Hole. Original nine designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1950  Concord Resort and Gold Club (Kiameshia Lake, NY) International Course: Resort, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1950  DuPont Country Club (Wilmington, DE). "The DuPont": Private, 18-hole championship course. Designed and built by Alfred Tull & William Gordon.  

1950  Huntington Crescent Club  (Huntington, LI, NY): Private, 18-hole. Designed in 1932 by Emmet & Tull. Re-designed in 1950 by Alfred H Tull.  

1950  White Beeches Golf & Country Club (Harworth, NJ): Private, 18 hole. Alfred Tull re-designed this Walter Travis course.

1951  Ash Brook Golf Course  (Scotch Planes, NJ.): Public, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1951  The Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, MD): Private, 36 hole. Blue Course, original 1924 design by Emmet (built by Alfred Tull), re-designed by Tull.

1951  Concord Resort and Golf Club (Kiameshia Lake, NY) International Course: Resort,18-hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull. Ranked among "America's 200 Toughest Courses" (1966). 

1951  Woodmont Country Club (Rockville, MD) Private, 18 hole. North Course, 9 hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1952  Blomidon Golf & Country Club, (Corner Brook, Newfoundland): Semi-private, 18-hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1952  Tennanah Lake Gold & Tennis Club (Roscoe, NY): Public, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1953  Galloping Hill Golf Course (Kenilworth, NJ): Public, 27-hole. Alfred H Tull re-worked the 9-Hole course designed by Willard Wilkinson in 1926 and re-designed in 1949 by Robert Trent Jones.

1953  Pine Tree Country Club / Rock Ridge Country Club  (CT): 9-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1953  Ponce Golf Course (Ponce, P.R.) Public, 9-hole, extinct Designed by Alfred Tull.

1954  Cape Cod Country Club, (Hatchville, MA). Public, 18-hole. Additional nine designed by Alfred Tull. Fairways roll through Scotch pines to greens tucked away in grass covered dunes

1954  Elmwood Country Club (Elmwood, NY): Private, 18 hole. Alfred Tull re-designed this 1930 Tillinghast course.

1954  Green Hill Yacht & Country Club (Quantico, MD): Military (private). The original 9-hole Emmet & Tull course was re-designed by Alfred Tull with an additional nine holes and opened in 1955.  

1954  Norbeck Country Club (Rockville, MD): Private, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1954  Pelham Country Club (Pelham Manor, NY): Private, 18 hole.  The original 18-hole Devereux Emmet course was re-designed by Alfred Tull.

1954  Pine Ridge Country Club (NY). Extinct. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1954  Westwood Country Club formerly Westbriar Country Club. (Tysons Corners, VA): Private, 18-holes. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1955  Brook Manor Country Club (VA): Resort, 18-hole, extinct. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1955  Middle Bay Country Club (Oceanside, LI, NY): Private, 18-Hole. Re-designed by Alfred Tull.  

1955  Woodmont Country Club (Rockville, MD)  South Course: Private, 18-Hole. Additional 9, designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1956  Georgetown Country Club (SC): Resort, 9-hole, extinct. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.     

1956  Port Jefferson Country Club at Harbor Hills (Port Jefferson, LI, NY): Private, 18-hole. Original Devereux Emmet design, Re-designed by Alfred H. Tull.

1958  Bethpage State Park Golf Course (Bethpage, LI, NY). Blue Course: Public, 18-hole. Originally designed by Tillinghast, Re-designed by Alfred Tull. Yellow Course: Public, 18-hole. Designed by Alfred Tull.   

1958  Country Club of Darian (Darian, CT): Private, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull. Ranked among "America's 200 Toughest Courses" (1966-1968).

1958  Campo de Golf Bella Vista (D.R.) Resort, 18 hole, extinct. Designed by Alfred Tull.    

1958  Rockleigh-Bergen County Golf Club (Rockleigh, NJ): Public, 27-Hole. Red Course and White Course ("The Rockleigh") designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1959  Silvermine Golf Club (Norwalk, CT): Public, 27 hole. Re-designed by Alfred Tull.

1959  The Muttontown Club (East Norwich, LI, NY): Private, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1960  Estate Carlton (St Croix, VI):  Private, 9-hole, extinct. Designed by Alfred Tull.

1961  Jug End Inn Gold Course (South Egremont, MA): Resort, 9-hole, extinct c.1980. Designed by Alfred Tull.

1961  Mendham Golf and Tennis Club (Mendham, NJ): Private, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1961  Morningside Hotel Golf Course (NY): Extinct. Designed by Alfred Tull.

1961  Rosswood Country Club (Pine Bluff, AK): Private, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1962  The Apawamis Club (Rye, NY): Private, 18 hole. Alfred Tull redesigned this 1890 Willie Dunn/Maturin Ballou course.

1962  Green Hill Municipal Golf Course (Worcester, MA): Public, 18 hole. Re-designed by Alfred Tull.

1962  Old Fort Golf Club (Old Fort, NC): Semi-Private, 9-hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1962  Poxabogue Golf Course (Bridgehampton, LI, NY): Public, 9-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1962  Sunken Meadow Golf Course (Kings Park, LI, NY). Public 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1963  Lake Anne Golf Course (Monroe, NY): Public, 9-hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1963  Nevele Golf Course (Ellenville, NY): Original design by Alfred Tull.

1964  Fairmont Southampton Princess Golf Course (Southampton, Bermuda): Resort, 18 holes. Original design by Alfred Tull; recently re-designed by Theodore G. Robinson.

1964  Fairview Country Club (NY): Extinct. Re-designed by Alfred Tull.

1964  Sunken Meadow Golf Course (Kings Park, LI, NY). Blue Course: Public 9-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1965  Indian Hills (Northport, LI, NY): Private, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1965  Maidstone Golf Club (East Hampton, NY): Private, 18 hole. Alfred Tull re-designed this 1922 classic Willie Park course.

1965  Radley Run Country Club (West Chester, PA): Private, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1965  Rockland County Club (Sparkill, NY) Private, 18-hole. Alfred Tull re-designed this 1928 Robert White course.

1965  Rolling Hills Country Club (Wilton, CT): Private, 18-hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.

1967  Country Club of Mobile (Mobile, AL): Private, 27-hole. Short Nine Course: Alfred Tull re-designed the nine hole Executive Course.

1967  Delaware National Country Club, formerly Hercules Country Club (Wilmington, DE):  Private, 9-hole added to 1937 course as the North Course. Designed and built by Alfred Tull. The signature hole on the North Course is #15, a 389-yard, par 4, with trees running along the right side of the fairway and an elevated green.  

1967  Oak Hills Park Golf Course (Norwalk, CT): Public, 18-Hole. Designed and built by Alfred Tull.  

1967  Red Hook Golf Course (Red Hook, Dutchess Co, NY): Semi-Private, 18 hole. Alfred Tull re-designed 9 holes in 1967.

1967  Waccabuc Country Club (Waccabuc, NY): Private, 18 hole. Re-designed by Alfred Tull in 1967.

1968  Fairmont Country Club (Chatham, NJ) Private, 18 hole. Re-designed by Alfred Tull.

1968  Glen Head Country Club (Glen Head, NY): Private, 18 hole. Alfred Tull re-designed this 1923 Devereux Emmet course.

1968  Hunter Golf Club (Meriden, CT). Public, 18-Hole. Re-designed by Albert Tull.

1968  Sunken Meadow State Park Golf Course (Kings Park, LI, NY) Blue-Green Course: Public, 18-Hole. Re-designed by Alfred Tull.  

1968  Sunken Meadow State Park Golf Course (Kings Park, LI, NY) Green-Red Course: Public, 18-Hole. Re-designed by Alfred Tull.  

1968  Sunken Meadow State Park Golf Course (Kings Park, LI, NY) Red-Blue Course: Public, 18-Hole. Re-designed by Alfred Tull.

1968  Walnut Hills Golf Course (NY): Extinct. Designed by Alfred Tull.

1969  Belmont Country Club (Belmont, MA): Private, 18 hole. Alfred Tull re-designed this 1908 Donald Ross course.

1969  Westchester Country Club (Harrison, N.Y.): Private 36-hole. West ciurse: This Walter Travis 1919 classic was renovated by Alfred Tull

1970  Pilgrim's Harbor Country Club (Walingford, CT): 9-hole. Designed by Alfred Tull - his last work before retirement at age 71.

19??  Ed Oliver Golf Club  formerly Wilmington Country Club (Wilmington, DE): Public, 18-hole. Alfred Tull re-designed the original 1901 course.

[Re-sort for Alphabetical listing]

 

(Source: The Architects of Golf, Geoffrey S. Cornish and Ronald E. Whitten,
Harper Collins Publisher, 1993.)

 

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