Jackson Hole’s original course was unveiled in 1965, designed by California-based architect Bob Baldock, who planned more than 350 golfing layouts during a long career spanning several decades. Only two years after opening, Laurance Rockefellar stepped in to purchase the property, appointing Robert Trent Jones Jr. to redesign the layout.
The 1988 edition of the now defunct US Amateur Public Links Championship was held here, with Ralph Howe III becoming the first left handed golfer to ever win a USGA title when he defeated Kevin Johnson, the defending champion, at the 37th hole in the match play final. Howe III also became the first winner of the event to receive a Masters invite.
Vail Resorts acquired the Grand Teton Lodge Company in 1999 then spent the best part of eight years carrying out improvements at the club. This entailed the complete renovation of the course with the redesign of the 1st and 15th holes, the addition of twenty new tees to increase the overall length, and the installation of a state-of-the-art irrigation system.