Best Robert Trent Jones golf courses
With over 400 courses under his belt, Robert Trent Jones could be called a connoisseur of golfing architecture. We take a look at just a few of his masterpieces.
The first five holes at Spyglass Hill, part of the Pebble Beach collection, is renowned as one of the greatest opening stretches in golf, with five sand-splashed holes that run alongside the intimidating dunes. For those struggling to make par, the sublime oceanfront scenery more than makes up for the strong test of golfing ability. One interesting fact about this course is that all the holes are named after characters and places from the book Treasure Island.
Capitol Hill (USA)
Capitol Hill is one of the most popular sites on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and is described by many as one of 10 public course in America worthy of hosting the U.S. Open. A real testament to Trent Jones’ design. There are three courses at Capitol Hill in the Judge, Legislator and Senator courses, with the latter being the most popular. Its Scottish links style, with more than 160 pot bunkers and mounds of up to 40ft high, it is no wonder those who play it love it.
Grand National (USA)
Built on the 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee, Alabama, and it is reported that Robert Trent Jones described it as the single greatest site for a golf complex. There are three courses here in the Lake Course, Links Course and Short Course, with the Links Course being the cornerstone of the Grand National complex. For those who like courses with water, then all three courses at Grand National are a must-play.
This pinnacle of design is home to one of the only two oceanfront holes on the whole of Hilton Head Island, and has been named South Carolina’s Golf Course of the Year in the past. This inviting layout offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, but don’t let that distract you from the course’s challenges. The par-5 10th hole’s sweeping ocean views stands apart as one of South Carolina’s most breath-taking golf experiences.
The Roman Road Course at Celtic Manor was the resort’s first golf course, opening in 1995. Overlooking the Severn Estuary, this course hosted the 2015 Wales Senior Open, with long open fairways combined with twists and turns through trees and across streams challenging golfers. The course actually gets its name from the old Via Julia Roman highway that ran through its fairways.
Ross Bridge (USA)
This course is another that features on the RTJ golf trail and if you like to let rip with the driver, the fact this course is one of the longest in the world should entice you. Ross Bridge is beautifully carved into the rolling terrain of the Shannon Valley, Alabama, and the beauty of each and every hole leads many to believe that there is not one signature hole here, but quite possibly 18.