Ridgewood Country Club

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Ridgewood Country Club
Club information
Ridgewood Country Club is located in the United States
Ridgewood Country Club
Location in the United States
Ridgewood Country Club is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Ridgewood Country Club
LocationParamus, New Jersey
Established1929, 93 years ago
1890, 132 years ago (club)
Total holes27
West, Center, and East nines
Designed byA. W. Tillinghast (1929) = Gil Hanse (2014 renovation)

The Ridgewood Country Club (RCC) is a country club located in Paramus, New Jersey, a suburb northwest of New York City in Bergen County. It was founded in 1890 in neighboring Ho-Ho-Kus, but has been at its current location since 1926. Its facilities were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.[1]


The 27-hole golf course was designed by A. W. Tillinghast[2] in 1929, and the clubhouse was designed by Clifford Wendehack. The greens are seeded with poa annua and bentgrass, and its fairways and tees are seeded with poa annua, bentgrass, and ryegrass. It was certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 1996. Since 2000, RCC has worked with architect Gil Hanse to restore the course back to its Tillinghast roots.[3] Among the improvements have been the construction of 48 new or rebuilt tees, a new irrigation system, a new Greens and Grounds complex, an expansion of the pond on hole #1 on the Center nine, extensive drainage and the rebuilding of all the bunkers back to their original Tillinghast design. The three challenging and scenic nines are known as Center, West, and East, referring to their location relative to the clubhouse.

Golf legend Byron Nelson worked as an assistant professional at the club in the mid-1930s, early in his career and represented Ridgewood for several of his early significant victories. Nelson went on to become one of golf's all-time greatest players.[4]


  • Ranked #56 Classical in U.S by Golfweek magazine - July 2018
  • Ranked #79 in U.S. by Golf Magazine - 2017[5]
  • Hole #6 Center ranked among Top 500 Holes in the World by Golf Magazine - 2000
  • Ranked #84 Most Prestigious Clubs in America by Golf Connoisseur magazine - Winter 2006
  • Holes #4 West and #6 Center Ranked among Sports Illustrated "Tillinghast Dream 18" - June 2006


Notable events[edit]


  1. ^ "Weekly list of actions taken on properties: 5/26/15 through 5/29/15". National Park Service. June 5, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  2. ^ Hennessey, Stephen (August 22, 2018). "The best A.W. Tillinghast golf courses". Golf Digest. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  3. ^ "Restoration Projects". Hanse Golf Course Design. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  4. ^ Gettin' to the Dance Floor: An Oral History of American Golf, by Al Barkow, 1985
  5. ^ "Travel".
  6. ^ Ridgewood Destinations

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Coordinates: 40°56′49″N 74°04′41″W / 40.947°N 74.078°W / 40.947; -74.078