Jones, designer of courses, dead

June 16, 2000|By Don Markus

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. died Wednesday at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He would have turned 94 next week.

Jones is considered the most prolific designer in history, with an estimated 310 courses to his credit.

It was the quality of his work, as well as his longevity, that made Jones stand out. Among the courses he designed from scratch or renovated included 20 U.S. Open sites 12 PGA Championship sites and, most recently, Valderrama, site of the 1997 Ryder Cup.

Among the courses Jones worked were Congressional Country Club in Bethesda and Green Spring Valley Hunt Club in Garrison, where he added eight holes to the original 10.

"He came here without a penny and carved out a great legend," said his son, Rees, a well-respected golf course architect in his own right.

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