The Ridgewood Country Cub, founded in 1890, is one of the oldest country clubs in America. The club enjoys a rich and storied history that includes the tenure of George Jacobus, the club's Golf Professional from 1914 until 1964. George was the first American-born President of the PGA of America and, through his friendship with Bobby Jones, was able to bring Byron Nelson to the club as his Assistant Golf Professional in 1935. George was also a close friend of noted golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast, who designed the 27-hole golf course that opened in 1929.
The Norman Revival clubhouse, located at the north end of the property, is the core from which three nine-hole loops extend toward the southwest, south, and southeast. While the course was designed by A.W. Tillinghast, the clubhouse was created by Clifford Wendehack. Tillinghast and Wendehack, respectively, were among the foremost golf and clubhouse architects of the early twentieth century.
The Tillinghast layout is indeed a masterpiece. While earlier notable tournaments were played over different combinations of the 27 holes, The Championship Course is a composite of the more difficult holes from the three original nine hole courses, and was developed specifically for The Barclays tournaments.