Chapter Notes


Chapter One: From Ellis Island to the Ivy League


3    “like Jesus Christ”  RTJ Sr. to AK, 14-15 Feb. 1991, USGA Oral History Collection, p. 14.

4    “place of residence” Not much is known about the grandparents of Robert Trent Jones. In a letter dated 5 October, 1931, written to his future wife Ione Tefft Davis while she was on a European holiday with her family, Jones wrote her the following after her visit to Wales: “I wish that you had...  



Chapter Two: Big Ambitions in Depressed Times


22    “the proper foundations” Howard L. Davis, The Young Man in Business (New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1931).

23    “The American Century” see Thomas P. Hughes, American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970 (University of Chicago Press, 2004.

24    “the Father of American Golf Course Architecture” C&W, AoG, pp. 54-57 and p. 330. For the life story of Charles Blair Macdonald (1856-1939), see Macdonald’s autobiographical Scotland’s Gift...

Chapter Three: A "New Deal" for Golf



55    “FDR’s New Deal” For a survey analysis of the New Deal’s impact on the development of golf in the United States, Kirsch, GiA, pp. 109-119. There was no way Jones could have foretold just how vital the Roosevelt Administration would prove to his success as a golf course architect; it is not certain that Jones even voted for Roosevelt, even though FDR was governor of Jones’s home state. Although Jones’s father was an ardent Democrat, Robert quite consciously diverged from his father’s way of life; his ambition to become a great and wealthy professional man tipped him politically over to the Republican side, as did his aspirations for marriage with Ione, whose family was staunchly behind the GOP. (In a letter dated 30 August 1974, an acquaintance of the Jones family...

Chapter Four: Parting Company

81    “STAY THREE MONTHS LEAST”  Postal telegraph, The International System, Stanley Thompson, Rio de Janeiro, to Thompson Jones and Company, 5 East 46th Street, New York, New York, 30 Jan. 1935, in STF, JP, CUA.

81    “our winter activities” ST, 57 Queen Street West, to The Manager, Dominion Bank, King & Yonge Streets, Toronto, 13 Nov. 1934, ST Files, JP, CUA. Thompson wrote this letter to his principal banker so as to provide him, “for your private information,” upon Stanley’s departure for South America, “the condition of affairs of Thompson-Jones & Company.”

Chapter Five: A Modern Theory of Golf Course Architecture


95    “distinctly American in character”  RTJ, GCA, (New York, 1938), p. 7.

95    “a production of Thompson & Jones” ibid., pp. 4-9.

96    “lost its thrill for him”  ibid., p. 16.

97    “the circumstances of the match”  ibid., pp. 16-17.

97    “the finesse of one badly missed”  ibid., p. 18.

Chapter Six: On the Homefront


115    “In 1941 prospects for golf”  Hirsch, GIA, p. 122.

116    “Gas Kills Man”  “Gas Kills Man; Girl Escapes,” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (3 Jan. 1939): I: A. Accompanying the story was a stunning picture showing Miss Emily Wojeck lying on the ground “shocked by the death of her friend and herself critically ill from carbon monoxide poisoning” and being comforted by her brother, Edward Wojeck, just before she was rushed to Rochester’s Genesee Hospital. 

Chapter Seven: From Peachtree to the Dunes


137    “captured the nation’s imagination”  Kirsch, GiA, p. 85.

137    “the rise of television”  ibid, p. 128.

138    “as near like the Augusta National as possible”  Robert Tyre Jones, Jones, Williams, Dorsey & Hill, Suite 1425, Citizens & Southern National Bank Building, Atlanta, GA, to Mrs. Green W. Warren, Atlanta, GA, 27 Feb. 1948, Peachtree Files, JP, CUA

Chapter Eight: The Advent of the "Open Doctor"


169    “a rugged, if not impossible, course”  RTJ to AK, USGA OHC, 14-15 Feb. 1991,transcript, pp. 70-71.

169    “greens committee should have an odd number”  Dan Jenkins, Fairways and Greens (New York: Random House, 1992), p. 92.

170    “head up body styling and engineering for Ford”  John Garrity, “Making the Monster,” Sports Illustrated, June 10, 1966, pp. 1-2, available in the SI Vault at, accessed on 29 March 2013.

Chapter Nine: The Trent Jones Era (Part 1)


197    “Thompson died”  James A. Barclay, The Toronto Terror, p. 143.  During his final years Stanley Thompson lived with his wife Ruth and did most of his work at an abode known as Dormie House, which was  located on the 16th fairway of the Cutten Fields Golf Club (aka Cutten Club), a golf course that he had designed in 1933 and purchased in 1948. It was the Dormie House where Thompson’s will was read by Chuck Howitt, the executor, in front of the many creditors to which Stanley owed money.  

Chapter Nine: The Trent Jones Era (Part 2)


218    “construction and care of a new green”  RTJ, Inc., “Olympic Club—Lakeside--Ocean Course: Cost Estimate Revamping Course for Skyline Widening,” 14 Sept. 1954,” in The Olympic Club Files, JP, CUA.

218    “the green could be driven”  Robert Sommers, “From the Golf Journal Archives,” May/June 1985 issue of the USGA Golf Journal

Chapter Ten: "The Architect Pros Love to Hate" (Part 1)


235    “attention to the Firestone name”  Between 1954 and 1959, the Rubber City Open attracted most of the big names on the PGA Tour to Akron, Ohio’s Firestone Country Club. The appeal of the tournament was the promise of an easy setup and low scores. Tommy Bolt won the inaugural event in 1954 at twenty-three under par 265. Arnold Palmer and Doug Ford both went twelve under in 1957; Palmer won with a birdie in a playoff.

Chapter Ten: "The Architect Pros Love to Hate" (Part 2)


242    “Player in a playoff over Kel Nagle”  By the time of his Open victory at Bellerive, Gary Player was already a star, along with Palmer and Nicklaus part of golf’s “Big Three.” Having won the 1959 British Open, 1961 Masters, and 1962 PGA Championship, Player’s victory at the Open at Bellerive gave him the “career Slam,” with wins in each of the four majors. 

Chapter Eleven: A Family Affair


278    “Then we got away from it all”  HWW, “Profiles,” The New Yorker (4 Aug. 1951):43.

278    “phone installed in virtually every room”  Roger Rulewich to author, Bernardston, MA, 6 Aug. 2010.  Bobby and Rees often heard those phones ringing. They also met an extraordinary assortment of visitors to the Jones home—not just grandparents, aunts and uncles, and neighbors and friends, the sorts of guests their buddies would also receive, but prominent men such as Gene Sarazen, Stanley Thompson, Sam Snead, and Herbert Warren Wind.

Chapter Twelve: The Sun Never Sets . . .


339    “branching out beyond the continental borders"  RTJ, GMC, p. 92.

339    “our world-wide air system”  Roger Lewis, Executive Vice President, Pan Am World Airways System, Chrysler Bldg., 135 East 42nd St., New York, NY, to RTJ Sr., 20 Vesey St. (“Penthouse”), New York, NY, 28 Apr. 1958, Pan Am Files, JP, CUA. 

Chapter Thirteen: The End of the Trail


387    “She is survived by Trent”  Obituaries for Ione Davis Jones (1912-1987) appeared in both Montclair, NJ, and Ft. Lauderdale, FL, newspapers. Tributes to her were also paid in some of the golf magazines. The parts of her obituary that were omitted in the text of this book read:  “She was secretary and treasurer of the William Baldwin Golf Construction Company, and vice president and treasurer of both Llangolf, Inc., and Robert Trent Jones Inc.