Robert Trent Jones


Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was a world famous and prolific designer of golf courses. He designed or redesigned over 500 courses around the world. Jones spent most of his childhood in East Rochester. He died in June, 2000, just short of his 94th birthday. Both of his sons, Rees and Robert Jr., are also course architects.

Courses in Rochester designed by Robert Trent Jones:

One of the best anecdotes about Robert Trent Jones involves his redesign of Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey. Many members felt that his design of the Par 3 4th hole was unfairly difficult and long. Jones offered to play the hole with two members and the club pro to address their concerns. The members and the pro all teed off and landed their balls on the green. Jones stepped up to the tee and hit a 4-iron onto the green, and his ball rolled right into the cup for a hole-in-one. Legend has it that Jones turned to the other three and remarked, "Gentlemen, the hole is fair."