Baltusrol (Lower)

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Patrick Koenig
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Baltusrol (Lower)

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architect

    A.W. Tillinghast
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner’s 2020 restoration showcases Tillinghast’s immense talent for innovative bunker patterns and fascinating greens. Central hazards once again abound here, most famously at the 2nd and 17th holes where large bunker complexes bisect the fairways. Just as impressive is the diagonal bunker scheme that slashes into the 5th fairway, making it one of the best 400-yarders in the country. Though the middle of the property is tame topographically, that’s precisely where Tillinghast created some of the best greens. Take the time to study both green pads of the par 3s on the second nine as each is a master class in creating something from nothing. (Photo: Patrick Koenig)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 17, par-5, 655 yards: Tillinghast ends his Baltusrol routing with back-to-back par-5s, and the 17th is a brute. Measuring over 650 yards from the back tees, this hole is a true three-shotter. The second shot plays over Tillinghast’s signature Great Hazard, putting a premium on keeping the ball in the fairway. Things get no easier from there as the approach is into an elevated surface, with much of the putting surface unseen from the fairway.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    Baltusrol has played host to plenty of historic moments, and there’s reminders of that fact all over the grounds. From the plaque commemorating Jack Nicklaus to the left of the 18th tee box, to a room full of artifacts in the clubhouse, Baltusrol has plenty to offer for golf history buffs.
  • Insider tip

    Don’t sleep on Baltusrol’s Upper Course. Although it doesn’t appear on this list, it’s held in high regard and has hosted many USGA championships.