Ledgemont seeks to honour Tull


Sean Dudley

Ledgemont Country Club in Massachusetts is trying to boost interest in its original architect, Alfred Tull, by inviting representatives of a number of Tull-designed courses to a symposium and outing at the club.

The intent is for Ledgemont to take a leadership role in burnishing Tull’s image with a view to launching a Tull Society this year, on the 115th anniversary of the architect’s birth. A date for the event has yet to be announced.

Tull arrived in the US in 1914 and joined the practice of Devereux Emmet in 1924, the year in which he also designed Ledgemont. Tull worked with Emmet on many projects in the New York metropolitan area during the period referred to as the Golden Age of golf architecture, and he adopted Emmet’s design philosophy that fun, strategy, choice and surprise were integral to the game. When Emmet died in 1934, Tull continued the practice.

“We have a wonderful, classic golf course at Ledgemont that enjoys the enviable reputation as one of the northeast’s premier venues for golfers who appreciate the game’s heritage and want an authentic playing experience,” said club president Jeffrey Brier. “Our members value and cherish Tull’s extraordinary design, which offers some of the most demanding holes in the region. We are pleased to take an active role in celebrating the work of Alfred Tull.” 

In addition to Ledgemont, Tull designed, renovated or partnered on a range of courses, including the famous Maidstone club in East Hampton, the DuPont Country Club in Delaware, the Fairmont Southampton course in Bermuda, Westchester Country Club’s West course and the Blue and Yellow courses at Bethpage State Park.