Emmet, c. 1915
December 11, 1861|
Pelham, New York
|Died||December 30, 1934
Garden City, New York
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Spouse(s)||Ella B. Smith|
|Parent(s)||William Jenkins Emmet and
Julia Colt Pierson
|Projects||Bethpage State Park, 1923|
|Design||Congressional Country Club (Blue), 1924|
College and marriage
Emmet graduated from Columbia University in 1883; in 1889 he married Ella B. Smith in an elaborate wedding at her home in New York City. Miss Smith, born in 1858, was the daughter of Judge J. Lawrence Smith and a niece of Alexander Turney Stewart. Ella's sister Elizabeth "Bessie" Springs Smith was the wife of architect Stanford White. The couple had two children, Richard Smith Emmet (born October 1889) and Devereux Emmet, Jr. (born January 1897).
Golf course design career
On a vacation in England he spent time with his friend, Charles B. Macdonald, who was measuring British golf courses in preparation for the design of the National Golf Links of America. Emmet's first design was Island Golf Links, a predecessor of Garden City Golf Club. A friend of his remarked:
Emmet could not possibly conceive of any other use to which any given piece of real estate could be put except to lay out golf links on it.
In 1924 he hired Alfred H. Tull as a design associate, and in 1929 made him a partner in the firm of Emmet, Emmet and Tull. The Tull-Emmet partnership continued until Emmet's death in 1934.
Emmet was a talented amateur golfer. He made the quarter-finals of the 1904 British Amateur and won the Bahamas Amateur at the age of 66. In 1916, after he won the father-son tournament at Sleepy Hollow Country Club with Devereux Emmet, Jr., the United States Golf Association instituted the so-called architects rule that barred golf course architects from competing as amateurs in tournaments.
Death and legacy
Emmet designed many of his courses in an era of wooden-shafted clubs. Because the holes are often short by current standards many of his designs have since been reworked.
Note: Dates indicate when the course opened.
Note: This is a partial list, portions of which were taken from WorldGolf.
- Belmont Hills Country Club, St Clairsville, Ohio, 1924
- Bethpage State Park (Green), Old Bethpage, New York, 1923
- Congressional Country Club (Blue), Bethesda, Maryland, 1924
- Hartford Golf Club (Blue, Green), West Hartford, Connecticut, 1914
- Bonnie-Briar Country Club, Larchmont, New York, 1921
- Bedford Golf and Tennis Club Bedford, New York, 1891
- Brentwood Country Club, Brentwood, New York, 1925
- Capital Hills at Albany, Albany, New York, 1928
- Cherry Valley Club, Garden City, New York, 1916
- Copake Country Club, Craryville, New York, 1921
- Dudley Hill Golf Club (9 holes), Dudley, Massachusetts, 1926
- Edison Club, Rexford, New York, 1925
- Engineers Country Club, Roslyn Harbor, New York, 1921
- (originally designed by Herbert Strong, remodeled by Devereux Emmet in 1921)
- Country Club of Farmington, Farmington, Connecticut, 1924
- Garden City Golf Club, Garden City, New York, 1899 (later remodeled by Walter Travis)
- Leatherstocking Golf Course, Cooperstown, New York, 1909
- Mohawk Golf Club (East), Schenectady, New York, 1907
- Glen Head Country Club, Glen Head, New York, 1920s
- Congressional Country Club (Gold), Bethesda, Maryland, 1924
- (remodeled by George Fazio and Tom Fazio in 1977 and by Arthur Hills in 2000)
- Hartford Golf Club (Green, Red), West Hartford, Connecticut, 1914
- Greenacres Country Club, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, 1932
- Hampshire Country Club, Mamaroneck, New York, 1927
- Huntington Country Club, Huntington, New York, 1910
- Huntington Crescent Club, Huntington, New York, 1914
- (renovated by Devereux Emmet and Alfred H. Tull in 1931)
- Keney Park Golf Club, Hartford, Connecticut, 1927
- Lake Isle Country Club, Eastchester, 1926
- Leewood Country Club (Eastchester (town), New York) 1922
- Long Hill Country Club, East Hartford, Connecticut, 1930
- Mahopac Golf Club, Mahopac, New York, 1893
- Manchester Country Club, Manchester, Connecticut, 1917
- (with Tom Bendelow)
- McGregor Links Country Club, Saratoga Springs, New York
- Mechanicville Golf Club, Mechanicville, New York, 1909
- Nassau Country Club, Glen Cove, New York, 1896
- Oliver D. Appleton Golf Course at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 1926 (Original 9 holes)
- Pelham Country Club, Pelham Manor, New York, 1908
- Pomonok Country Club, Queens, New York, 1921 – closed in 1949
- Powelton Club, Newburgh, New York, 1892
- Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, 1929
- Eisenhower Park Golf Course (Red), East Meadow, New York, 1914
- Hartford Golf Club (Red, Blue), West Hartford, Connecticut, 1896
- (with Donald Ross)
- Riddell's Bay Golf and Country Club, The Islands of Bermuda, 1922
- Ridgewood Country Club, Danbury, Connecticut, 1927
- Rockaway River Country Club, Denville, New Jersey, 1923
- Rockville Links Club, Rockville Centre, New York, 1924
- Rye Golf Club, Rye, New York, 1920
- Salisbury Golf Club, East Meadow, New York
- Schuyler Meadows Club, Loudonville, New York, 1928
- Seawane Country Club, Hewlett Harbor, New York, 1927
- St. George's Golf & Country Club, East Setauket, New York, 1917
- St. Mary's Country Club, Saint Mary's, Pennsylvania, 1924
- Wee Burn Country Club, Darien, Connecticut, 1902
- Mohawk Golf Club (West), Schenectady, New York, 1903
- Wheatley Hills Golf Club, East Williston, New York, 1913
- (remodeled by Devereux Emmet and Alfred Tull in 1931)
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