On February 22, 1831 a murder took place in the mountains between Summit and Springfield, N.J. The farmer’s name was Baltus Roll. The club that bears his name was founded in 1895, and golf was soon being played on what was once his farmland. The first U.S. Open to be played there was in 1903 and won by Willie Anderson.
Baltusrol has been the host of 7 U.S. Opens, 2 PGA Championships, and 2 U.S Women’s Opens, as well as 4 U.S. Amateurs and 2 U.S. Women’s Amateurs. In 1918 A. W. Tillinghast was brought in to re-make the course and he designed the dual courses that currently comprise the club. Through the years and an additional 900 yards in length, the lower course, where the 2016 PGA Championship was played has stood the test of time.
Additional U. S. Open winners at the club are: Jerry Travers (1915), Tony Manero (1936), Ed Furgol (1954), Jack Nicklaus (1967 & 1980), and Lee Janzen (1993). Its 2 PGA titlelists are Phil Mickelson (2005) and Jimmy Walker (2016).