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Golf Club Course Architect – Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (June 20, 1906 – June 14, 2000) was a golf course architect who designed (or re-designed) about 500 golf courses in at least 40 states as well as 35 other countries across the globe. It has been jokingly said that, “The sun never sets on a Robert Trent Jones golf course.Apollo Beach Golf Club – Robert Trent Jones Sr

hole 13Born in Ince, England, Jones accompanied his parents to the United States at the age of five. The family settled in East Rochester, New York where young Robert took a job becoming the first golf professional at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club which is located in the Sodus Point, NY area. He became an avid and skilled golfer as a youth, but health problems prevented him from joining tournament competition.

Jones attended Cornell University. Shortly after World War II, Jones got his first big assignment designing the Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta in collaboration with golf legend Bobby Jones. Despite the similarity of their names, the two men were not related. In fact Robert began using the middle name “Trent” shortly afterward to avoid confusion.

Jones` courses are noted for their artistic landscaping, innovative use of bunkers, liberal use of water hazards, and deft placement of greens and hazards that encourage a high level of strategy. The Apollo Beach Golf Club course demonstrates all these touches. Jones believed that golf should be a no risk, no reward sport. As a result, his designs encouraged daring play.

Jones received the 1987 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, GCSAA`s highest honor. He was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987 as well.

 

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