The definitive account of modern golf’s foremost architect from the New York Times bestselling author of First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong


In A DIFFICULT PAR, Hansen tells the compelling life story of the man behind many of the defining forms, shapes, and challenges of the modern golf course. Between 1930-2000, Jones designed or redesigned a staggering number of golf courses—over 400—spread over 43 U.S. states and 27 other nations. Hansen explains the evolution of Jones’s golf course design from its origins to its becoming the paradigmatic architecture of modern championship golf.


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Praise for A Difficult Par


"A beautifully written and defining examination of the complicated life and legacy of Robert Trent Jones, including the dynastic succession that continues to shape the game we know today. This wonderful book is an easy birdie and difficult to put down. A well-worn copy deserves to be on every true golf lover's bookshelf.”

James Dodson, author of Final Rounds and Ben Hogan: An American Life


"A rich three-dimensional account of an extraordinary and uniquely American life."

–John Strawn, author of Driving the Green and the former CEO of Robert Trent Jones II



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