Classic Cape Cod Golf Brought to You By Devereux Emmet and Al Tull

When a golf course has a rich history, it’s sometimes fortunate enough to have been designed by one of the game’s legendary golf course architects. Here at Cape Cod Country Club, we’re doubly fortunate, as two of the game’s preeminent designers plied their trade here.

Devereux Emmet, from one of Gilded Age New York’s more prominent families, enjoyed two lifelong fascinations: hunting and golf. A fine amateur player, he contributed to the surveying of classic British golf holes for his friend Charles Blair Macdonald and was a founding member of Macdonald’s National Golf Links of America on Long Island.

Like many of his design contemporaries, Emmet’s work through the Northeast left behind an impressive record and some fine examples of natural-looking golf holes, despite much of his original work being modified.

In 1924, Alfred H. Tull joined Devereux Emmet as a design associate, becoming a full partner in 1929. Tull continued the practice on his own after the death of Emmet in 1934, known for integrating his tees, fairways, and greens into natural grades and designing courses in the 6,000-6,300 yard range suitable for the era of hickory-shaft golf clubs.

Three-quarters of a century after these two men did most of their best work, their names still evoke images of course design with an artisan’s touch.