Ridgewood (E/W)

Ridgewood in New Jersey.
A.W. Tillinghast, 1929

This northern New Jersey classic isn’t as well-known as Tillinghast’s other great tri-state designs (Winged Foot, Bethpage Black and Baltusrol), but it’s just as challenging and offers a superb variety of holes. Both nines feature terrific green complexes and play from the stunning Norman Revival clubhouse, where Byron Nelson once worked as an assistant pro. After building Ridgewood, Tillinghast played it regularly as a member, and his granddaughters said it was his favorite course of all he designed. The contestants at the 2022 U.S. Amateur seemed to agree with him. (Photo: Evan Schiller)