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Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

New interview with Robert Trent Jones, Jr. – Rio Olympics, Poppy Hills, and Other New Projects

JF: How disappointed are you that you didn’t get the 2016 Olympics Course gig down in Rio? RTJ 2: I’m not disappointed – I’m supportive of golf being successful in its re-emergence in the Olympics. However, the sand is running out of the hourglass, and everyone will have to get started soon if they want the proposed new golf course to be a...

Robert Trent Jones, Jr. to Receive Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Quintessential golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. will be honored tomorrow night at the 2012 Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremony, a high recognition given to remarkable Americans who exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives while continuing to preserve the richness of their particular heritage. Over 100 Americans descended...

Q&A With Robert Trent Jones, Jr. on Chambers Bay

While I get a few more interviews and course reviews finshed, here’s some great insighta o Chambers Bay from Robert Trent Jones, Jr., who by this time next week = may pull a come from nehind victory in the Rio primary:) (I.E. The Olympics election…err…selection…) JF: Now those hummocks look like berms that Seth Raynor did at flat courses like...

The Walla to Walla Tour – a Cybergolf Diary (Part 1)

Day 1 – The Road to Chambers Bay Warm clothes? Check. Laptop? Check. Clubs? That’s a big check! And we were off to Seattle for the Walla to Walla Tour – golf in Washington state during the first week of January. The weather report called for highs between 45 and 25 degrees, with lows in the teens, but no snow, thankfully. So I added four layers of fleece...

Dorado Beach Diaries Part 2: Go East, Young Man

DORADO, Puerto Rico – Friday, 6:30 a.m. It’s barely dawn, but my gargantuan three bedroom resort condo is already bumpin’ with the country-fried rock of Seattle-based band Radio Nationals and their hit song “Golden.” Twangy Telecaster and wailing Les Paul guitar riffs provide a bold, brazen counterpoint to the mellow baritone vocals. You found your dreams coming true...

Let’s all Wish Chi Chi Rodriguez a Happy Birthday as he Talks Golf, Dorado Beach, and Life at the East Course’s Grand Reopening

DORADO, Puerto Rico – There’s still no one like former PGA Tour star Chi Chi Rodriguez, the Clown Prince of Golf, a walking one-liner who brings the Sun with him wherever he goes, and one of the key members of Puerto Rico’s Pantheon of iconic athletes. He can make the whole room fall apart with laughter, then shed a tear of joy after hearing him tell a touching story...

The Dorado Beach Diaries – Golf, Sun, and Bacardi (Part 1)

DORADO, Puerto Rico – Part I – The high-flying, death-defying, five-ring circus life of a sports writer Thursday, 7:36 a.m. Wheels up out of JFK and I’m frightened to the marrow of my bones. The plane has been shaking and wobbling since it taxied out of Gate B22 and it’s only gotten worse after a slow, tortured climb to 33,000 feet. As you well remember, Dear...

AWITP and Hooked on Golf Team up at Dorado Beach for Golf’s Rum Diaries!

“Who needs Johnny Depp? I’ve got Jay Flemma!” shouted the leggy firecracker of an actress as she put her arms around me at Temple Bar. The rest of the cast and crew roared with approval. Boy if only Britt Bonsoliel were around to hear that! Well for four days, I’ll get to play Johnny Depp, with Tony Korologos of Hooked on Golf as my Benicio...

New Poem! (w/Robert Trent Jones, Jr.) The Rubaiyat of Dar-Es-Salam

I’ll have the entire story for you in an article later this week, but I co-wrote this poem with pre-eminent golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. It seems that the Red Course at Royal Dar-Es-Salam, the first truly great golf course in the Arab World and an important course in the portfolio and legacy of Trent, Sr. may be completely redesigned in an...

Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Offers Some Insights Into Celtic Manor

Robert Trent Jones, Jr. has been quite the jet-setter recently, working on projects from Morocco to Egypt, from to Eastern Europe to Asia, but this week all eyes are his work at Celtic Manor in Wales, the venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup. Opened in July 2007, the course combines the routing of nine holes from the original Robert Trent Jones-designed Wentwood Hills golf...