ASGCA Members and their work
Montclair , NJ
Jones was born into the game of golf. He learned to play as a youngster
and competed as a junior golfer, in college, and while in the army.
He grew up traveling with his family to golf courses all over the
world and worked in the summers for his father. After college at
Yale and graduate studies at Harvard, he went to work in 1964 as
a principal in Robert Trent Jones, Inc., the golf course design firm
of his renowned father. Ten years later, he founded his own company,
Rees Jones, Inc., with offices in his hometown of Montclair, New
last 30 years, Rees has become renowned in his own right, designing
more than 100 courses, primarily in the United States. He is also
well-known for his redesign of courses in preparation for tournaments,
so much so that his nickname is “The Open Doctor.”
His remodeling skills have been applied to 7 U.S. Open venues, 5 PGA
courses, 3 Ryder Cups sites, and one Walker Cup redo, plus an original
design for the 2001 Walker Cup. His redesign of East Lake will become
the permanent Tour Championship site in 2004.
his notable original designs are Nantucket Golf Club, Atlantic Golf
Club, The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek, RedStick Golf Club, Ocean
Forest Golf Club, Quintero Golf and Country Club and Cascata Golf
has been recognized many times for his contributions to the game.
His awards include the Metropolitan Golf Association Distinguished
Service Award, the Metropolitan Golf Writers Distinguished Service
Award, Golf World’s 1995 Golf Architect of the Year, Old Tom
Morris Award 2004, Golf Digest’s list of top 5 architects,
two architectural awards from the International Network of Golf,
and The Robert Morris Award of the Welsh Society of Philadelphia.
He is currently #22 on the Golf Digest list of the 36 most powerful
people in golf.