Rees Jones

Full Name
Rees Lee Jones
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Year of Birth
1941
Place Born
Montclair, New Jersey, USA

“The best advice I've ever received is that you have to know how to build a golf course before you can design one. This came from Bill Baldwin, my father's construction manager, who knew how critical understanding the land was." Rees Jones

Rees was educated at Montclair High School in New Jersey, two years behind his brother Robert Trent Jones Junior. He graduated from Yale University with a Batchelor of Arts degree in 1963 then enrolled for a landscape architecture course at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

He became friendly with Cabell Robinson, a recent graduate in history from Princeton University, who convinced him they should leave Harvard a year into their studies and enter another degree program in landscape architecture at the University of California in Berkeley.

Whilst studying on the West Coast, Rees was due to be drafted into the US Army but chose instead to enlist with the Army Reserves. Following a year of military training, he returned home to Montclair in New Jersey to take over the running of his father’s East Coast office.

Cabell, meanwhile, graduated from the Berkeley program in 1967 then joined Rees for a short time until he was posted overseas to Spain to set up a base for overseeing Trent Jones projects in Britain, Europe and North Africa. He’d be there for seventeen years in total.

Rees worked alongside construction foreman Bill Baldwin and design associate Roger Rulewich, who was five years older. Rees and Roger were both Yale graduates and got on very well together, while Bill became virtually a second father to Rees, teaching him all the practical aspects of golf course design.

Collectively, they worked on more than twenty projects over a ten-year period across thirteen states, before Rees left his father’s company in October of 1974. Disputes between Jones Sr. and his sons on running the business came to a head and Rees felt he had to b...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Rees Jones

3 Creek Ranch

3rd Wyoming - Best in Area

With mountain views to die for, the course at 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club is a Rees Jones-designed layout that’s set out on the largely level landscape of Jackson Hole valley.

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Arcadian Shores

42nd South Carolina - Best in Area

The layout at Arcadian Shores Golf Club was the first solo project that Rees Jones undertook when he flew the nest from his father’s design company so it’s something of a sentimental favourite with the esteemed architect.

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Atlantic

22nd New York - Best in Area

The Atlantic Golf Club is a private members club and Rees Jones laid out the course in 1992 on land that was originally earmarked for housing.

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Baker Hill

9th New Hampshire - Best in Area

Situated on what used to be farmland close to Lake Sunapee, the Rees Jones-designed layout at Baker Hill Golf Club opened with nine holes in 2001, followed by another nine a year later.

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Baton Rouge

17th Louisiana - Best in Area

Baton Rouge Country Club was formed in 1916 and Rees Jones has extensively upgraded the course in recent years. Much of the work involved replacing tees, bunkers and green complexes.

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Black Lake

33rd Michigan - Best in Area

Owned by the United Auto Workers union, the course at Black Lake Golf Club was literally carved from woodland flanking the southern shores of Black Lake by Rees Jones in 2000.

Blue Top Ridge at Riverside

8th Iowa - Best in Area

The Blue Top Ridge course at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort is a Rees Jones design that debuted in 2009. Holes are laid out on the floodplain of the meandering Iowa River with several fairways routed around man-made lakes.

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Breakers (Rees Jones)

67th Florida - Best in Area

The Breakers oceanfront hotel at Palm Beach is one of America’s legendary destinations and its Rees Jones golf course was awarded “Renovation of the Year 2005”...

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Briar's Creek

25th South Carolina - Best in Area

Briar’s Creek Golf Club is situated on St.John’s Island, South Carolina and was opened in 2002 as a private club.

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Cascata

6th Nevada - Best in Area

Cascata is an Italian word for waterfall so it will come as no surprise that the predominant feature of the Cascata course is a high cascading waterfall.

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