Month: December 2013

Bobby Jones Meets Trent Jones at Peachtree Golf Club

Bobby Jones called up Robert Trent Jones, Sr. after World War II and asked Trent to design a golf course for the wealthy businessmen of Atlanta. “I told Bobby,” Trent related to me, “that because it was him, we had to have an outstanding course, suitable for tournament play, and because this was a country

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Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Goes To College

Robert Trent Jones went to Cornell to become a golf architect, at a time when no one in golf saw a connection between golf and higher education. He spent three and a half years studying in Cornell’s various undergraduate and graduate schools. His special curriculum in “golf architecture” was made up of courses in surveying,

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Our first ‘Homebred’ U.S.Open Golf Champ, Johnny McDermott

As you might have guessed, I collect stories about great players from the past. Stories from when golf was more of a game, less of a television show. Here’s one about Johnny McDermott, the first American to win the U.S. Open, in 1911 and 1912. This week, as you may know, the 2007 U.S. Open

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