Rees Jones

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Rees Jones
Born (1941-09-16) September 16, 1941 (age 81)
Other namesThe Open Doctor
Alma materYale University, Harvard University
AwardsOld Tom Morris Award (2004), Donald Ross Award (2013), Don A. Rossi Award (2014), New Jersey Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame (2012), Northern California Golf Association Hall of Fame (2015), Golf World Magazine’s Golf Architect of the Year (1995) Metropolitan Golf Association Distinguished Service Award (1998), Metropolitan Golf Writers Distinguished Service Award (2002), Robert Moses Master Builder Award (2012) MetGCSA’s John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award (2016)
PracticeGolf Course Design
ProjectsDanzante Bay Loreto, MX;Nantucket Golf Club, Siasconset, MA; Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island, GA; Cascata Golf Club, Boulder City, NV; RedStick Golf Club Vero Beach, FL; Atlantic Golf Club, Bridgehampton, NY; The Bridge, Bridgehampton, NY

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

Life and career[edit]

Born and raised 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., he attended Montclair High School.

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 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, renovated, or restored over 260 golf courses in his career.

Jones continues to design courses and currently lives in Juno Beach, Florida and has his offices in Montclair, New Jersey. Jones has earned the moniker “The Open Doctor” for his work in preparation for numerous major championships. 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.[1]

Golf Course Design[edit]

Rees Jones founded the golf course design firm of Rees Jones, Inc., located in his hometown of Montclair, New Jersey in 1974. He was later joined by golf course architect Keith Evans. In 1984 Greg Muirhead (ASGCA) joined the team followed by Steve Weisser (ASGCA) in 1991 and Bryce Swanson (ASGCA) in 2000.

Courses designed[edit]

With Robert Trent Jones Incorporated[edit]

With Rees Jones Incorporated[edit]

View of No. 18 Fairway at East Lake Golf Club.



  1. ^ "Old Tom Morris Award". GCSAA. Retrieved February 26, 2013.

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