“The laborer and the mule would occasionally get a sniff of Tillie’s richly flavored exhaust and knew they were working for a man of great power and artistry” (Herb Graffis). The man of artistry was Albert Warren Tillinghast. He was one of the fathers of American golf course architecture. He’s been ranked with MacKenzie, McDonald, Ross and Colt as one of the greatest architects who ever lived. Tillinghast designed some of the most well known and most respected golf courses in the world, yet he never built any course outside the United States. Tillie, as he was known in the world of golf, wasn’t just a great architect. He did much more in his exuberant life, but if he had never taken up golf course architecture, he would only hold a tiny footprint in American history.