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The US Open Course - Robert Trent Jones says to expect the unexpected!

The US Open Course – Robert Trent Jones says to expect the unexpected!

The US Open Course – Robert Trent Jones says to expect the unexpected!

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In an interview with Robert Trent Jones Jr by ESPN.com Senior Golf Analyst Michael Collins, Jones addressed the idea that some players will love Chamber’s Bay and hate it.

Jones says several interesting things about this Washington State golf course that will host the 2015 US Open.  Including “expect the unexpected.”

What surprised me most is that this is the first time an original Robert Trent Jones Jr course hosts a US Open. I would have thought that at some other time in his 50-year career as a course architect, a Jones Jr course would have been selected.

After viewing the video, I read the terrific story by Bob Harig from ESPN.com about Jones ‘cloud 9’ emotions at Chamber’s Bay hosting the tournament and about his relationship with his famous father.

The US Open Course - Robert Trent Jones says to expect the unexpected!

With hard, fast, undulating greens like this at Chambers Bay, players are going to have a hard test.

To see the video interview with Robert Trent Jones Jr, click here.

His career has spanned some 50 years, all while he tried to live up to his father’s legacy.  He designed golf courses around the world, more than 300 of them, give or take a few.

But Robert Trent Jones Jr. has never gotten to experience the thrill that will unfold for him next week.

A course his company designed and constructed, Chambers Bay, will be the stage for the 115th playing of the U.S. Open.

The venue near Tacoma in University Place, Washington, took a decade to conceive and has been open for just over seven years. Yet the world’s best will convene in the Pacific Northwest for the first time to stage the year’s second major championship.

Even for a man who has mingled with dignitaries, politicians, royalty … and made a lucrative living in the process, this is a big deal. A very big deal.

“Ecstasy is too pale a word to describe my feelings,” said Jones, 75, in a recent interview.

“I’m obviously thrilled. I have yet to come down to cloud nine. I know what it means. I’m a golfer first.  And my father had his U.S. Open courses.  But this is an honor, and it’s a very personal matter since it was my father who had the last original golf course get a U.S. Open.”

Jones is referring to his father, Robert Trent Jones Sr., who, according to the United States Golf Association, was the last to design a completely new venue and see it open for the U.S. Open — in 1970, at Hazeltine National in Minnesota.

“Bobby had such a close relationship with his father and such an appreciation for his dad,” said Jay Blasi, who worked on the younger Jones’ staff for 10 years.  And was the project architect at Chambers Bay before starting his own design practice. “He holds him in such high regard that I think, when the announcement was made, I would imagine all of his thoughts went to his dad.  His achievement tied in with his dad’s legacy of working on U.S. Open golf courses. It just made him proud.”

Jones’ father was a prolific designer, credited with approximately 500 designs.

He collaborated with the great amateur Bobby Jones — who was also Robert T. Jones but was not related — on a course in Atlanta and, to avoid confusion, the architect began using his middle name, Trent.

To read the rest of Bob Harig,  Senior Golf Writer for ESPN’s story, go here.

Source: ESPN  Bob Harig

Pictures: Jared   Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

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