Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1906-2000)
Touted one of the best golf course architects of his time, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1906-2000) had a career that spanned seven decades. Born in England, Jones planted his roots in the Northeast, eventually settling down in Montclair where he would spend most of his adult life. A successful junior golfer, Jones attended Cornell University to study golf course architecture. His rise in prominence came when he constructed Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Jones would get frequent requests from the USGA to toughen U.S. Open venues, and was eventually tabbed “The Open Doctor.” Throughout his career, Jones is credited with building or redesigning over 23 golf courses in the Garden State. Overall, Jones is recognized for 310 courses across five continents, 30 countries and 45 states in the U.S.