I consider myself to be an excellent reader of greens. Both the Upper and Lower courses at Baltusrol were originally laid out by the legendary A. W. Tillinghast in the Roaring Twenties and the Lower was stiffened up ahead of major championships by Robert Trent Jones in 1952 and, some forty years later, by his son Rees. A view from the right side of fairway #1 at Lower from Baltusrol Golf Club Baltusrol GC. The greens are once more trickily contoured and very tough to read. Baltusrol Golf Club Since these words were penned by Jack Nicklaus on the occasion of Baltusrol’s centennial in 1995, the Club has continued to thrive and prosper. The 18-hole "Lower" course at the Baltusrol Golf Club facility in Springfield, New Jersey features 7,221 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The Lower occupies the flatter section of the property -- while its sister course -- The Upper -- hugs close and tight to nearby Baltusrol Mountain and therefore provides much more pitch and roll of the terrain and the more vexing putting surfaces. Having key championships held at Baltusrol over the years has been a springboard for the club's elevation. Baltusrol will host its 17th major event from July 25-31, 2016, when the PGA Championship will be conducted on the Lower Course. The Lower course is not as hilly as the Upper layout. Respond to above review 0 people found this review helpful The final hole on the Lower is a true risk/reward hole. Not only is the bunkering at Baltusrol artistic, but also plentiful. There's been recent news that architect Gil Hanse has been hired by the club to restore / update the Lower to more closely align itself with the original intent of A.W. A. W. Tillinghast (1922)/Rees Jones (2014). Brief History of Baltusrol GC ; A.W. An avowed A.W. For the 1993 U.S. Open, the USGA set up the Lower Course at Baltusrol in a way that put the driver back in the players' hands, a club that had been missing in recent Opens. The best part of the course to me are the greens, which are really subtle and in most cases, the entire green is cuppable. Rees Jones added several fairway bunkers down the right side thereby forcing players to decide how aggressive to be off the tee. A bogey to the club for doing so. So, too, were Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and, of course, Tiger Woods. Superb facilities. This is a brilliant golf course. Particularly when other courses have even greater merit -- but less or no television exposure -- are omitted. Designed by A.W. The lower is harder, most certainly but there is far more charm on the upper. Baltusrol is a wonderful test of golfing skill. However, history is one thing -- architecture quite another. 15, 1985-86. Was this review helpful? Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower), located in Springfield, New Jersey, is ranked No. ", “Some of the recent tree work is helping open up old sight lines and playing angles. Even though the club has a future PGA Championship coming up ;later this decade -- there's little question that securing a future US Open is certainly on the long term radar screen. Download Baltusrol- Lower Course for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008 - Located in Springfield, New Jersey, Baltusrol has hosted several major championships, most recently the 2005 PGA Championship won by Phil Mickelson. See other reviews from David Davis. Baltusrol’s golfing grounds have been an evolving landscape. The 1980 U.S. Open was the 80th U.S. Open, held June 12–15 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, west of New York City. Baltusrol Golf Club, located in Springfield, NJ, is only a short 30 minutes drive to Manhattan. Kevin P. Vitale manages the course as the General Manager. Was lucky enough to play both courses last summer and the Lower certainly gets the upper hand on the. Golf Courses . 0 people found this review helpful Tillinghast in 1922. But Baltusrol Lower’s most historic event was the ace by architect Robert Trent Jones in 1954 on the par-3 fourth, instantly squelching complaints of critical club members who felt Trent’s redesign made it too hard. Baltusrol was able to engage the services of the most renown architect of his time and strengthen the design to reflect more of his influences. The back-to-back long par-4's at the 6th and 7th are demanding holes -- placement and sufficient distance are both required. Recognizing Baltusrol's long contributions to American golf is clearly something that should never be dismissed. Hole 4 the famous par 3 over water is another strong hole with a tier running from middle left to back right across the player good club selection is pivotal. See other reviews from Bill Vostniak, Respond to above review Clever bunkering short of the green gives the player the feeling the bunkers are green side when in fact they are 25 yards short of the putting surface. Keller eventually decided to build a golf course and, in 1895, the Baltusrol Golf Club opened for play. Baltusrol Country Club "Lower Course" The Club was founded in 1895 by Louis Keller, also known for founding and publishing The Social Register. Respond to above review The Upper and Lower courses are very different, being built on two distinct geological formations. I was unsure what to expect when visiting Baltusrol. Yes, it’s nice to play where there is so much history and where the PGA and USGA host events, but I would personally rather play the Upper course if going to Baltusrol. Enjoy an aerial view of each hole, GPS distance, yardage book and more. Tillinghast/(R) Robert Trent Jones, Sr., ASGCA, the Lower golf course opened in 1895. The Lower course has had famous matchups that include George Von Elm defeating Bobby Jones in the 1926 U.S. If you miss hit the tee shot you will be forced to layup short of the brook situated some 90 yards from the green. Tillinghast designed 36-hole facility located in Springfield, NJ. Being located in the New York / New Jersey metro region has given the club a proximity to the nation's key media market. Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper) A.W. Here are 12 … The green protected by bunkers both right and left has some nice movement with a gentle rise from the front of the green to the middle plateau. The most interesting element is the putting surface sitting 20-25 above the fairway and is especially tilted from back to front. The long 17th at 647 yards is a solid three shot hole -- save when the ground is firm and the prevailing wind behind. The 17th at the Lower features an elevated putting surface -- mandating a skillfully played 3rd shot. The routing is excellent. Not here. Golf Courses . See other reviews from John Sabino. The concluding two holes are especially well done and rather unique -- back-to-back par-5 holes. And the bunkering is some of the best I've ever seen. The final winning birdie putt by Nicklaus set in motion thunderous crowd roars - "Jack is back.". View an interactive course map and hole-by-hole layout. Tillinghast. 16 a long par 3 downhill to a smallish green surrounded by bunkers. Was this review helpful? The playing conditions were perfect for this Open at Baltusrol, leading to a record 88 players making the cut. Golf Courses . The 5,710-yard course, which owes its well draining nature to its gravel base, is easil... During a recent family holiday to Edinburgh an afternoon pass from the wife gave my son... Where to begin with RVGC. See other reviews from papa rabbi, Respond to above review What to Expect: Baltusrol is a historic club with a rich history of hosting national championships. 0 people found this review helpful Maybe not to players who can drive it 350 but for most of us it is big. 13 years later Nicklaus won a record tying 4th US Open win -- this time again setting a new four-round record with a 272 total and a epic two stroke win over Japan's Isao Aoki. 41 on Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses of 2019-20. Thankfully, the frost was not too severe and after a few hours of delays, the courses opened for play at 1100. 0 people found this review helpful The pros were ecstatic. Was this review helpful? Ironically, many of the members of the club actually view the companion Upper Course as the better of the two and from my experiences I concur. The most underrated hole in the sequence is the mid-length par-4 5th. U.S. Open, t’s a different Baltusrol for this year’s PGA Championship, with different dates and a different finish. See other reviews from M. James Ward. Every serious golf fan is familiar with Baltusrol’s Lower course, site of this year’s PGA Championship. What has helped Baltusrol build its reputation goes beyond the staging of key golf events over the years. The course rating is 75.5 and it has a slope rating of 139 on Bent grass. It is tough to pin point where to place a rating. Golf Courses . Opens and the 2005 PGA Championship, and current home for the 2016 PGA Championship. I'm not impressed with the recent work on the bunkers. On the architectural side the course developed a relationship with the first family in golf course design - the Jones family. With a rich heritage that dates back to 1895, Baltusrol is considered one of the country's premier golf clubs. See other reviews from RM61. It has great history. The land itself is the prime culprit -- essentially flat with little real differential. The last is another good par five with water down the left and bunkers framing the right side of the fairway the player will need to find the fairway to enable them to go for the green set uphill against the backdrop of the impressive clubhouse. The Upper is considered by locals to be the superior course on property. Baltusrol Golf Club | P.O. 0 people found this review helpful The club has also been the beneficiary in having had long and deep relationships with the United States Golf Association (USGA) and more recently with the Professional Golfer's Association of America (PGA). In 1954 the first nationally televised US Open happened at Baltusrol. Each of the par 3 holes could exceed 200 yards in length depending on the set-up. Having read the previous reviews and looking for a new course... Summary: Great course (especially the 9 holes called "Sur) but facilities have gotten o... Baltusrol holds a cherished place in golf’s rich history. This is an A. W. Tillinghast masterpiece featuring subtle sloping greens and some of the most famous holes in golf history. John Daly became the first golfer to successfully reach the green in two shots during the 1993 US Open. It may well be a dying breed of golf in this day and age but they are most certainly holding on to the glory days. Uniquely, the US Open has been played seven times on three different Baltusrol courses, the Old, Upper and Lower courses. The 18-hole Lower course at the Baltusrol Golf Club facility in Springfield, New Jersey features 7,221 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Amateur, In 1967 the Golden Bear set the new four-round record of 275 -- draining a 22-foot birdie putt besting the previous mark set by Ben Hogan. 201 Shunpike Rd, Springfield, New Jersey 07081, Union County (973) 376-5160 Course Website. See other reviews from Mac Plumart, Respond to above review Opens on Lower Baltusrol, setting a tournament record each time. Golf Digest billed The Lower course ahead of the 1993 US Open, which was won by Lee Janzen, as “the longest yawn”, but Baltusrol’s Lower course is the epitome of what is required of US Open venue. The view from behind the 10th green, in particular, is certainly inspiring -- and one that was previously blocked by trees.”, “Fantastic feel and spirit, and tremendous history. Phil Mickelson and Jimmy Walker won PGAs on it. Only Oakmont CC, just outside of Pittsburgh, has hosted more with 20. The history that has occurred at Baltusrol brings it to our attention, but renovating it to withstand onslaught of the most proficient 500 golfers in the world has harmed it for most of the other 50 million golfers. Lower Course 3D Flyover" by Wanap Golf on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. Phil Mickelson earned his second major title by flopping a chip out of deep rough to 2 feet (0.6 m) for birdie on the final hole for a one-shot victory over runners-up Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjørn. Tillinghast between 1918 and 1922. Baltusrol Lower is a big course. At a long, tough slog like the Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club, site of this year’s PGA Championship, players often talk about staying patient. This is "Baltusrol Golf Club. Was this review helpful? The finish of the front 9 is relatively weak but the back 9 holes is excellent. Hole 17 is a monster (I attempted to play from the back tee without success) the bunkering on this hole is very clever as it makes the player concentrate whether they are on the fairway or if they are trying to lay up. Was this review helpful? The greens are subtle, but deadly. The Upper runs along a ridge line known as Baltusrol Mountain, the east side of the First Watchung Mountain (Orange Mountain) that was formed from vast la… The front 9 holes are good and I can see why there are criticisms of the course but holes 2, 3, 4 and 5 are really good. It doesn't need to be "tricked" up to be a test, just play it like they normally maintain it. 0 people found this review helpful The slopes are subtle … This changes somewhat with the par-3 16th -- a quality long par-3 starting from an elevated tee to a green wrapped in several bunkers. Hole 2 is a short dog leg right to left par 4 which rises slightly uphill to a green that slopes hard from back to front and right to left. Together, the courses have hosted 16 national champ… Hole 5, a solid par 4 back up the hill requires an accurate tee shot to thread the ball through the fairway bunkers before a shortish iron to a green set above the player which is again guarded by bunkers and cracking green protected by a false front. Baltusrol Golf Club is an A.W. The much acclaimed par-3 4th is well done but for those who see it as being one of the best par-3 holes in all of golf -- that's pushing the envelope a bit much. The course rating is 75.5 and it has a slope rating of 139 on Bent grass. The Lower has been the venue for nearly all of the key events hosted at the club. Generally speaking, the chances of playing golf in the northeast before mid April are somewhat unpredictable and I fully expected bad news when I phoned the pro-shop to see if the courses were open; they had both been closed the day before. It just doesn't hold my interest level like a San Francisco GC or Somerset Hills. Was this review helpful? It's most certainly one of the places to be in NJ golf. 0 people found this review helpful The land is extremely flat and not very interesting as golf land goes. Its two championship courses, the Lower and Upper, have played distinguished roles on the national golf stage since their creation by Golden Age architect A.W. Championships hosted: Arnold Palmer Cup, The resulting Upper and Lower Courses opened in 1922 to great acclaim. Perhaps Tillinghast was the first architect to use bunkers in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Tillinghast's 1922 expansion and redesign on the club's original 18-hole layout into two distinct tracts. Tillinghast fan, he lightly retouched the Lower’s design for it the 2016 PGA Championship. They don't look like Tillinghast to me.”, © 2020 DISCOVERY GOLF, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, USE OF AND/OR REGISTRATION ON ANY PORTION OF THIS SITE CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF OUR. The courses have attained a level of conditioning and playability rarely seen in the world of golf. Amateur, Jack Nicklaus' 1967 and 1980 U.S. Open victories, and Phil Mickelson's win at Baltusrol first effort to host the PGA Championship. After his untimely murder, the estate later found its way into the hands of Louis Keller, owner and publisher of the New York Social Register. Years later his son Rees -- would be hired by the club -- refortifying the Lower to deal with the enhanced balls and clubs as well as the talents of the more recent generation of players. Players who hit the rough off the tee face a daunting task to clear these bunkers. I'd say to never pass up an invite as a 36 hole day on the upper and lower course is a perfect day! As a par 70 course, it boasts many brawny par 4s. Jack Nicklaus set a new tournament scoring record to win his fourth U.S. Open title, two strokes ahead of runner-up Isao Aoki; in fact, as the tournament transpired these two golfers ended up playing all four rounds together. Birdie is possible but not given away cheaply. Having two concluding par-5 holes can mean major lead changes and that has helped make for some exciting golf as last year's PGA Championship showed. More than 120 bunkers are positioned precisely, some say the bunker placement is cruel. Tillinghast (1922)/Rees Jones (2014) It’s believed that when A.W. As a very prestigious club they have a tremendous respect for the game and the Championship pedigree. Deep bunkers, thick rough, slippery greens and length are the ingredients required to test the world’s best pros. 0 people found this review helpful 52 on that same Golfweek's Best Classic list. You can see other such examples of this technique by Tillinghast at Bethpage Black's 4th hole, the 3rd on Ridgewood Country Club's East Nine and the 14th at Baltimore's Five Farms GC. Box 9 | 201 Shunpike Road | Springfield, NJ 07081 | (973) 376-1900 There is a good mix of holes. Was this review helpful? 4 Images Write Review. The tiger line is to fade the ball of the fairway bunkers but if you cut it too much the brook awaits although if you bottle the tee shot you will find on of the fairway traps. Jack Nicklaus won two of his four U.S. Even the intermediate rough is difficult to negotiate.”, “It's a great Tillinghast but not his best. I consider myself to be an excellent reader of greens. Lower Course Tour ; Upper Course Tour ; Course ScoreCards ; Vision for The Dual Courses ; Dual Courses Post-Construction ; Club History . But there’s now another changing of the guard at Baltusrol, as architect Gil Hanse has been retained as the club’s new consulting architect, and he intends to address green parameters and bunkering. It’s unlikely that this amazing record will ever be beaten. But there have been courses that have parlayed their standing when the architectural prowess is clearly overstated. 3 people found this review helpful Brief History of Baltusrol GC ; A.W. The most glaring example is Augusta National Golf Club. Baltusrol Golf Club - Lower Baltusrol GC - Lower It is always in excellent shape. Tillinghast -- be very curious to see what happens. Current renovations for the last "Major" - PGA - held at the lower, moved it down a peg. Baltusrol - Lower Course Baltusrol Golf Club, synonymous with championship golf, sits at the base of Baltusrol Mountain in northern New Jersey, only a stone's throw from New York City. Tillinghast designed them as "Dual Courses" which were to be "equally sought after as a matter of preference." The course is tough, they take pride in having their greens running as fast as possible and their rough next to their narrow fairways as high as possible. Baltusrol Golf Club, synonymous with championship golf, sits at the base of Baltusrol Mountain in northern New Jersey, only a stone's throw from New York City. the 36-hole facility -- with its Lower and Upper courses -- has been the host site for no less than 17 national championships -- among them 7 US Opens, 2 PGA Championships and 2 US Women's Opens. The course is a long tough championship test though perhaps not so long for todays pros. Personally, I find it suffers from repetition, ie, many similar par fours with tight tree lines and similar bunkering. 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