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Head Golf Professional - 68 years


Upon returning to Quaker Ridge from his stupendous victory in the National Championship, Farrell presented the U.S. Open trophy to Club president William Rice Hochster for display in the Clubhouse until the next Open. Jimmy Farrell, Johnny’s older brother, attended the testimonial dinner along with Jerry Travers, Johnny's mentor.

Quaker Ridge, 1928


During the 1933 golf season, Baltusrol’s Board of Governors came to believe that the Club should recruit a well-known PGA Tour player to be its head professional. The committee worked diligently and considered about 200 applicants before settling on one of the best known golfers in the country. 

Johnny Farrell was hired in April of 1934 and remained until 1977.

Baltusrol's story about Farrell, written by Dick Brown, offers great insight into the Champion.

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The story of The Country Club of Florida must begin with the story of the land. In March of 1955, Mr. Samuel M. Mitchell, a Chicago attorney, his partner Carlton Blunt worked with Robert Bruce Harris, a well-known golf course architect to develop a stunning new golf course.  The Country Club of Florida which opened on December 1, 1956, quickly attracting a national membership and a famous golf professional, Johnny Farrell.  Johnny brought in many of his celebrity friends to the course - Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and even the Duke of Windsor who landed his plane on the first fairway!

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World Golf Hall of Famer, Johnny Farrell, studied and loved golf all his life.  At 13 years of age Johnny Farrell began his lifelong professional career in golf as a caddy in Elmsford NY at the home course of Jerry Travers - Fairview Country Club.  Farrell became intrigued with the game and earned the respect of Travers before moving to Siwanoy’s caddie master and assistant professional in 1916.  In 1924, he and his brother Jimmy became co-head professionals at Quaker Ridge Golf Club. In 1934, Johnny accepted the Head Golf Professional position at Baltusrol Golf Club in Summit, NJ - a post he retained until 1977 (43 years).  He also served as the inaugural Head Golf Professional at the Country Club of Florida in Boynton Beach from 1953 to 1979 (26 years), and lived at the club until his death in 1988.

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