Top five Rees Jones designs and redesigns as rated on Golf Advisor
Rees Jones is known as much for his high-profile redesigns as he is for his original designs. Mike Bailey profiles him in this Ask the Pros Q&A, where he discusses how his design style has evolved, as well as what, if anything, can be done to prevent courses like Whistling Straits from yielding winning scores of 20-under par in major championships.
The son of Robert Trent Jones Sr., he's had the chance to restore and update some of his father's earlier works. He's also had a stretch of years where he updated courses to host major championship sites. Torrey Pines South and Bethpage Black, both municipals, earned their way onto the U.S. Open rotation in the late 1990s and 2000s.
But his original designs are no slouch, either. Many are of the public variety and have been rated on Golf Advisor. We've scoured the site to look for the top rated in each category.
Do you have a favorite Rees Jones design, or has he remodeled a course near you? Let us know in the comments below.
Top five Rees Jones original designs as rated on Golf Advisor
1. Rees Jones Course at Grand Niagara Golf Club, Niagara Falls, Ontario
2. Thousand Oaks Golf Club, Grand Rapids, Mich.
3. Black Lake Golf Club, Onaway, Mich.
4. Quintero Golf Club, Peoria, Ariz.
5. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, Orlando, Fla.
Top five Rees Jones redesign/remodels as rated on Golf Advisor
1. Bethpage Black, Farmingdale, N.Y.
2. South at Torrey Pines, La Jolla, Calif.
3. Woodcrest Country Club, Cherry Hill, N.J.
4. Duke University Golf Club, Durham, N.C.
5. Mauna Kea Golf Course, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
Rees Jones' Quintero Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz. features spectacular views from many elevated tees. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The par-3 11th hole at Waldorf Astoria Golf Club is long, with a green that falls off on all sides. Courtesy of Nile Young Jr.
The par-3 17th hole at Black Lake Golf Club, a Rees Jones design in Onaway, Mich. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Grand Rapids, Mich. golfers call Thousand Oaks Golf Club one of the top public courses in the metro area. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Rees Jones Course at Grand Niagara Golf Club in Canada is the top-rated Rees Jones design on Golf Advisor. Courtesy of Grand Niagara G.C.
Rees Jones updated Bethpage Black, an A.W. Tillinghast muni that hosted the U.S. Open and will host the PGA Championship. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Rees Jones restored his father's groundbreaking Hawaii design, Mauna Kea Golf Course, in 2008. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Duke University Golf Club, originally designed by RTJ Sr., was renovated in 1994 by Rees Jones. Courtesy of Duke University G.C.
In New Jersey, Rees Jones updated Woodcrest Country Club, a 1920s William Flynn design in 1983. Courtesy of Woodcrest C.C.
Updated by Rees Jones, Torrey Pines South will host the 2021 U.S. Open. David R. Holland/Golf Advisor