Cabell Robinson

Full Name
Cabell B. Robinson
Year of Birth
1941
Place Born
Washington D.C., USA

“He has designs all over Europe and North Africa including in France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Switzerland, Cyprus and Italy. Having lived in Spain for over three decades, combined with his experience with other European cultures, allows him to have a unique understanding of the local culture. Cabell is firmly committed to environmental protection and believes that golf course architecture is more of an art form than a science.” ASGCA

Cabell Robinson was born in Washington DC and grew up in the suburbs of Maryland. He attended the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virgina then enrolled at Princeton University, graduating with a degree in history. He went on to study landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, becoming friends with another student, Rees Jones.

James R. Hansen, author of the book A Difficult Par , takes up the story:

“After a year together studying at Harvard, Cabell convinced Rees to leave Harvard, move out to California, and enter an undergraduate degree program in landscape architecture offered at the University of California at Berkeley… After the first year, however, Rees lost his draft deferment and was about to be drafted into the Army, choosing instead to go into the Army Reserves.

In 1965, following a year of training, Rees returned home, where he joined his father’s firm, soon taking over supervision of the East Coast office in Montclair. When Cabell Robinson graduated from the Berkeley program in June 1967, Rees persuaded him to come to work with him in New Jersey.

In 1970, with prospects for a number of Jones courses in Europe, Robert Trent Jones sent Cabell to Spain to organize a European office. Over the next seventeen years, Robinson handled most of the Jones projects done in Britain, Europe, and North Africa.”

In an interview before the one-off NH Collection Open at La Reserva in 2014, Cabell gave his version of the transition he made from the United States to Europe:

“I came to Spain in 1970. I’d started working for Robert Trent Jones in 1967 but after three years I told him: ‘I really like workin...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Cabell Robinson

Amelkis (Blue & Red)

17th Morocco Ranking

Named after a Berber Queen, Amelkis Golf Club first opened in 1995 as an 18-hole facility, hosting the Moroccan Open five years later when England’s Jamie Spence won the event by four strokes...

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Aphrodite Hills

2nd Cyprus Ranking

Aphrodite Hills is routed over two relatively level landforms, separated by a deep canyon which Cabell Robinson incorporated into the design to fashion two spectacular holes (3rd and 7th) on the front nine.

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Castillo de Gorraiz

10th Northern Spain - Best in Area

Situated just to the north of Pamplona, in the Navarre region, the golf course of Castillo de Gorraiz is an integral part of the city’s leisure facilities...

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El Bosque

7th South East Spain - Best in Area 47th Spain Ranking

El Bosque is one of several courses designed by Robert Trent Jones during his most prolific spell in Spain from the mid-60s to mid-70s.

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El Jadida Royal

11th Morocco Ranking 82nd Africa Ranking

The El Jadida Royal course lies right next to the sandy bay that stretches north from the city towards Azemmour and it’s part of a 117-bedroomed hotel and spa complex...

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Evian

4th South East France - Best in Area 24th France Ranking

The golf course at Evian dates back to 1904, when the Société des Eaux Minérales d’Evian commissioned Willie Park Jr. to construct a 9-hole layout on a wonderfully scenic site overlooking Lake Geneva.

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Finca Cortesin

3rd Southern Spain - Best in Area 5th Spain Ranking 18th Continental Europe Ranking

Finca Cortesin is set a short distance inland from the Mediterranean and has been routed through a dramatic valley. It's one of Europe’s longest layouts and will soon become a household name.

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Golf Les Dunes

19th Morocco Ranking

The Cabell Robinson-designed 27-hole layout at Golf Les Dunes in Agadir occupies a hilly, wooded site where three strong loops of nine holes, named Eucalyptus (Blue), Oued (Yellow) and Tamaris (Red), are regularly rotated to form the 18-hole course of the day.

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Grande Bastide

20th South East France - Best in Area 85th France Ranking

Designed by Cabell Robinson, a former associate of Robert Trent Jones Snr, the course at Golf de la Grande Bastide lies close to Grasse, the town that’s world famous for its perfumes...

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Cabell Robinson Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Helmut Baeck Courses Played 16
2 Jim McCann Courses Played 13
3 jacky casanova Courses Played 12
4 Borje Laurinsson Courses Played 11
= Olivier Sauberli Courses Played 11
= Alfredo Caparros Blanes Courses Played 11
= Aulis Ranua Courses Played 11
= Mikael Erdtman Courses Played 11
= Andy Newmarch Courses Played 11
10 Iain Parker Courses Played 9