Rees Jones, Inc.

Golf Course Design & Architecture

Rees Jones
Image: RedStick Golf Club
Rees Jones has designed or redesigned more than 260 golf courses in his career and has been awarded the Donald Ross Award, the Old Tom Morris Award and the Don A. Rossi Award.


Rees Jones was born into the game of golf. He learned to play as a youngster, competing as a junior golfer, in college and while in the army. He grew up traveling with his family to golf courses all over the world and worked in the summers for his father, renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. After college at Yale and graduate studies at Harvard, he went to work in 1965 as a principal in Robert Trent Jones, Inc. Ten years later in 1974, he founded his own design firm, Rees Jones, Inc., headquartered in his hometown of Montclair, New Jersey.


Yale University (New Haven, CT)

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

  • School of Design, Department of Landscape Architecture 1963-64


Rees Jones, Inc.

  • President 1974 – present
Rees Jones with his father, Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
Rees Jones, son of renowned architect Robert Trent Jones, has spent his life studying the work of the game’s greatest golf course architects and their prominent courses from past eras.

Robert Trent Jones, Inc.

  • Vice President 1965-1974
  • Responsible for all jobs undertaken by the east coast office

Professional Organizations

American Society of Golf Course Architects

  • Member since 1967
  • President 1978
  • Vice President 1977
  • Secretary 1976

American Society of Landscape Architects

International Network of Golf

National Golf Foundation

Golf Organizations

United States Golf Association

  • Member since 1967
  • Construction Education Committee 2002
  • Environmental Research Committee 1990-2001
  • Turfgrass Research Committee 1990-2001
  • Green Section Committee Member 1979, 1980, 2008 to 2013

New Jersey State Golf Association

  • Member since 1967
  • Executive Committee 1996, 1997

Metropolitan Golf Association

  • Member since 1967
  • Long Range Planning Committee 1994
  • Executive Committee 1999-2003

Metropolitan Golf Association Foundation

  • Board of Directors 1999 – Present

Gene’s Dream Foundation

  • Board Advisor

First Tee of Florida Gold Coast

  • Honorary Board Member

The Honda Classic

  • Ambassador


Golf Course Developments

  • 105 page book published by the Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C. in 1974

Field Notes

  • 100 page guide to the restoration of Bethpage Black, published by Travel & Leisure Golf, 2002, American Express Publishing

Various Articles

  • Golf Magazine
  • Golf Journal
  • USGA Green Section Record


MetGCSA John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award

  • 2016

Northern California Golf Association Hall of Fame

  • 2015

Golf Course Builder’s Association, Don A. Rossi Award

  • 2014

American Society Of Golf Course Architects, Donald Ross Award

  • 2013

Robert Moses Master Builder Award

  • 2012

New Jersey Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame

  • 2012

Montclair High School Hall of Fame

  • 2006

Golf World Architect of the Year

  • 1995

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Old Tom Morris Award

  • 2004

Metropolitan Golf Association Distinguished Service Award

  • 1998

Metropolitan Golf Writers Association Distinguished Service Award

  • 2002

Golf Digest List of Top 5 Architects

International Network of Golf, Industry Honors Award

  • 1997
  • 2002-2003

The Robert Morris Award of the Welsh Society of Philadelphia

  • 2000