Episode 10: Robert Trent Jones II

Episode 10: Robert Trent Jones II

Hogs Head Golf Club on the western coast of Ireland near Waterville.

Nobody’s roots stretch deeper into the field of golf architecture than Robert Trent Jones II’s. Oldest son of Robert Trent Jones and now in his sixth decade of design, he’s been literally almost everywhere, seen everything and been a prominent voice the industry his entire life.

After some light banter about fatalism and nuclear bombs, Jones joins the Feed the Ball podcast and discusses his new course on the west coast of Ireland (Hogs Head), the concept of the “High Art” of architecture, his early pioneering spirit of exploring far flung golf markets (including ’80’s-era Soviet Union), why Chambers Bay needs no defense or excuses, the competing ideologies of Dick Wilson (dogleg) and his father (straight), the similarities of Spanish Bay (v.1) and Chambers Bay (v.2), the romanticism of — and problem with — pure restoration, “fresco” architecture and a little known course in Colorado that has some important fans. Plus: Bob reads a poem!

Listen here to Derek Duncan discuss Tom Coyne’s “A Course Called Ireland” with hosts Rod Morri and Adrian Logue of the iSeekGolf Podcast.

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2 Replies to “Episode 10: Robert Trent Jones II”

  1. Dunc,
    Long time no see, no talk, etc. I just got hip to your podcasts. I’m actually teaching a class on podcasts now. Anyway, just listening to the RTJII cast. Good work.

    Al, Jack, Chris, and I are thinking Lincoln next fall for CU at Scott Frost’s Nebraska. Do you Keith and Dapkus want to join?

    1. Bernardo, good to hear from you. Spread the podcast word old friend! K, D and I were talking about doing a CU trip in the fall but haven’t gotten to far or into details. We should definitely try to line up a destination, though it’s hard for me to get excited about going to Lincoln. We need to get some banter going.

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