Exclusive interview with legendary designer Robert Trent Jones Jnr
All Square 3min read •
Robert Trent Jones Jnr is one of the world’s most respected golf course architects having built a reputation for creating strategic, yet highly playable courses across the globe during a 60-year career.
All Square sat down with the legendary designer and asked him which creation he was most proud of, what he thinks is the world’s best golf course, and much more…
The toughest competitive course I designed – Chambers Bay, host of the 2015 US Open. Compare the scoring data of best players in the world with other Major venues. The toughest club course which I designed is The National – Old Course especially when the winds are up on the very high dunescape, Cape Schanck, Australia.
The best golf course in the world
The best course in the world is the next one I play. The course which has never let me down and has engaged my strategic attention my entire golfing life, is the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland.
The #1 course on your bucket list
I don’t have a bucket list. I just keep on playing.
The course you’d play if you just had one more round to play
One last round? Since I’m already in paradise in Hawaii, I would choose to play the Princeville Makai which I enjoy playing alone, watching a sunset across Hanalei Bay which would “awaken the soul of a mummy”
#15 The Prince, North Shore of Kauai is a dangerous beauty of natural risk and golfer rewards. Another favourite is #1 at Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach.
Your favorite golf courses to play
Some of my favourite courses to play are in Asia, such as Golden Valley in Japan and the Lake Course at Spring City Resort, in Kunming, China, and the recently opened Hoiana Shores Golf Club in Vietnam.
Why not pick your own favorite holes? If you look forward to playing them during the round, if they perplex you and you have fun and maybe a birdie, you will remember them. That’s the love affair of golf.