Frank Hannigan's 1974 Golf Journal essay on A.W. Tillinghast may be as vital as anything written on golf architecture.
So few knew anything about the master architect at the time, or that there was an entire generation of fascinating figures who created timeless works of design. The story was enormously important in motivating others to dig deeper into the lives of all the master architects (as evidenced by comments from Ron Whitten and Michael Bamberger here.)
It's in PDF form, but I was thrilled to see the entire story is online courtesy of the Tillinghast Association.