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Rees Jones : biography

September 16, 1941 –

Rees Jones (born September 16, 1941) is an American golf course architect.

He was born in Montclair, New Jersey the son of legendary golf course designer Robert Trent Jones and the younger brother of golf course designer Robert Trent Jones, Jr. His wife Susan was the executive assistant to photographer Edgar de Evia in the 1970s.

His first exposure to golf course design came as a boy when he would accompany his father surveying courses. After attending Yale and graduate studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, he joined his father and older brother at Robert Trent Jones Incorporated. He helped his father on numerous courses until forming his own firm in 1974. He has designed or redesigned over 100 golf courses in his career.

Jones continues to design courses and currently resides in his hometown of Montclair, New Jersey. He has also served as the president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. A noted environmentalist, he has been a vocal champion for the cause of environmentally friendly golf courses.

Jones received the 2004 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, GCSAA’s highest honor.

Courses designed

With Robert Trent Jones Incorporated

  • Montauk Downs, Long Island, New York (1968)
  • Ocean Pines, Maryland(1971)
  • Turnberry Isle, Florida (1972)

With Rees Jones Incorporated

  • Arcadian Shores, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (1974)
  • Golf Course [Chuckey, Tennessee] (1978)
  • Marriott’s Griffin Gate, Lexington, Kentucky (1981)
  • Haig Point Club, Daufuskie Island, South Carolina (1986)
  • Pinehurst #7, Pinehurst, North Carolina (1986)
  • Carmel Country Club, South Course Charlotte, North Carolina (1988, 2009) – redesign
  • The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts (1988) – restoration
  • Gleneagles at the Equinox, Manchester, Vermont (1992) – reconstruction
  • Atlantic, Bridgehampton, New York (1992)
  • Sandpines, Florence, Oregon (1992)
  • Huntsville, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1994)
  • LPGA International Champions, Daytona Beach, Florida (1994)
  • Legend Trail, Scottsdale, Arizona (1995)
  • Ocean Forest, Sea Island, Georgia (1995)
  • Atlanta Athletic Club – Highlands Course, Duluth, Georgia (1995) – redesign
  • East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia (1995) – reconstruction
  • Poppy Ridge, Livermore, California (1996)
  • , Corolla, North Carolina (1996)
  • , Atlanta, Georgia (1998)
  • Greenville Country Club (Chanticleer), Greenville, SC (2002) – redesign
  • Royal Oaks Golf Club, Moncton New Brunswick, Canada (2000)
  • Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham, North Carolina (2001)
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, California (2001) – reconstruction
  • , Johns Island, South Carolina (2002) – Golf Digest’s voted Best New Private Course in America
  • Quintero Golf Club(Founders Course) Peoria, Arizona (2002)
  • The Oconee, Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, Georgia (2002)
  • Baker Hill, Newbury, New Hampshire (2003) – Golf Digest’s voted Best Course in New Hampshire
  • Breakers Hotel Rees Jones Course, West Palm Beach, Florida (2004) – reconstruction
  • Royal Montreal Golf Course, Blue Course (2004)
  • Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri (2006) – reconstruction
  • Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Dubsdread Course No. 4 Lemont, Illinois – restoration
  • Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, South Course
  • Baton Rouge Country Club, Baton Rouge, Louisiana – reconstruction
  • Stoney Creek Golf Course, Nellysford, Virginia – 27 holes
  • Broad Run Golfer’s Club, West Bradford Township, Pennsylvania
  • Grand Niagara Rees Jones Course, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
  • Lakewood Country Club, Rockville, Maryland
  • Red Stick, Vero Beach, Florida
  • The Lambton Golf and Country Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Piedmont Driving Club, Atlanta, Georgia (2000)
  • Santaluz, San Diego, California
  • Golden Hills Golf Club, Ocala, Florida – redesign
  • Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, Orlando, Florida (2009)