Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Full Name
Robert Trent Jones Jr.
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Year of Birth
1939
Place Born
Montclair, New Jersey, USA

Having built around 300 courses over a career stretching out more than 50 years, 2015 was extra special for Robert Trent Jones Jr. “Ecstasy is too pale a word to describe my feelings,” he said when Chambers Bay became his first design to stage a U.S. Open.

Robert was educated at Montclair High School, taking golf lessons as a teenager from both Tommy Armour and Claud Harmon Sr. and playing in competitions under the auspices of the New Jersey State Golf Association and the Metropolitan Golf Association of New York.

Jones also spent some time with his father’s company, working under John Schmeisser, the RTJ construction superintendent, to learn how to run a bulldozer. His father paid him the union rate for the job and he used the money for flying lessons, obtaining his federal pilot’s license at sixteen, a year before he could apply to drive a car in New Jersey.

He enrolled at Yale in 1957, where he made the university golf team. Four of the other players on the team were their state junior champions so it was no mean feat to represent Yale at golf back then. Jones followed a new degree program called “American Studies,” which encompassed literature, history, the arts, and social sciences, with a view to go on to study at law school.

He worked in the summer of 1959 as an intern in the office of U.S. Senator Stuart Symington, a Democrat from Missouri and a 1923 Yale graduate. The senator was a keen golfer and had previously met Robert’s father in the company of Laurance Rockefellar so family golf connections had certainly helped get him his temporary appointment.

After graduating in 1961, Robert headed off to Stanford University Law School in California but he quit after a year to set up a west coast office for the family business at Palo Alto with the intention of expanding his father’s interests into new markets throughout the Pacific Northwest, the desert Southwest and across the Pacific to Hawaii and beyond...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Alcanada

2nd Balearic Islands - Best in Area 16th Spain Ranking 81st Continental Europe Ranking

Set on the bay of Alcudia with stunning views across to the lighthouse on Alcanada Island from which the course takes name, this is a true Robert Trent Jones Jnr gem.

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Antognolla

Gem Italy - Best in Area

At the centre of Antognolla's 500-hectare castled estate is a 1998 18-hole golf course which has been completely remodelled by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in recent times.

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Anyang Country Club

8th South Korea Ranking 55th Asia Ranking

Anyang Country Club, formerly known as Anyang Benest Golf Club is cut through mature trees, which not only prove a challenge for the crooked driver but also brilliance of seasonal colour.

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Arrowhead

42nd Colorado - Best in Area

A Robert Trent Jones Jnr design from the 1970s, the course at Arrowhead Golf Club nestles in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where fabulous red sandstone rock formations frame the emerald fairways…

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Ayala Greenfield

29th Philippines Ranking

Affording stunning views of Mount Makiling and the Metro Manila skyline, Ayala Greenfield Golf Club (designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr.) is the centrepiece of a huge 860-acre residential development.

Bahia Beach

5th Puerto Rico Ranking 27th Caribbean Ranking

Laid out on a wooded property to the north east of Puerto Rico, the Bahia Beach golf course works its way around 80 acres of saltwater lagoons before it ends with three holes along the Atlantic coast.

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Beaver Creek

50th Colorado - Best in Area

Beaver Creek Golf Club was laid out by Robert Trent Jones Junior in 1982 along the route of a creek, the slopes of Beaver Creek Mountain provide thrills and spills coupled with long, narrow and often hilly fairways.

Bjaavann

9th Norway Ranking

The course here at Bjaavann Golf Club opened in 2006 and it’s based around Lake Bjaavann. Five holes hug the edge of the water and the remaining fairways traverse dense forest, rocky outcrops and wandering streams as they take the golfer on a wonderful woodland journey.

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Blessings

2nd Arkansas - Best in Area

A University of Arkansas facility, the course at Blessings Golf Club is both long and demanding, with the threatening waters of Clear Creek coming into play rather frequently during a round here.

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