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Robert Trent Jones Jr responds to Gary Players Diss!

Robert Trent Jones Jr responds to Gary Players Diss!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Gary Player had some strong words to say about Chambers Bay, calling it “the worst course I have ever seen.”  

Robert Trent Jones has responded that Gary had an ulterior motive in his comment as they are both in the design business and compete for the same jobs.  He feels that was a low blow!  What do you think?  Post your comments below.  Thanks to GOLF .com and Joe Passov for this controversial article.

In a week punctuated by dismissive barbs over the design and condition of Chambers Bay, none were as cutting as Gary Player’s. The 79-year-old South African legend was in town being honored by the USGA for his U.S. Open win 50 years ago, but Player’s place at the podium turned into a bully pulpit, with Chambers Bay the target.

Robert Trent Jones Jr responds to Gary Players Diss!

On Friday, during a Yahoo Sports “Grandstanding” podcast, Player labeled Chambers Bay as “one of the worst golf courses I’ve seen in my 63 years as a pro.” Among other disparaging remarks about the course, he called it “basically unplayable,” adding, “the man who designed this golf course had to have one leg shorter than the other.”

The man who designed this golf course is Robert Trent Jones Jr. together with associate Bruce Charlton and former associate Jay Blasi.

Speaking exclusively to GOLF.com, Jones offered a rebuttal to Player’s comments.

“First of all, you have to understand that Gary is a competitor in the design business,” says Jones. “He was a ruthless competitor in his playing days and at times he can be that way in the design business. We compete for jobs all over the world. I can tell you that I’m open to constructive criticism, but to make it personal is something I can’t understand. What purpose does it serve to find fault with the USGA, with the men who set it up and with the design itself? All I can tell you is that I don’t comment on my competitors. I don’t need to enter a public debate with Gary Player.”

To read more on Robert Trent Jones’ response to Gary Player, read on.

Source: Joe Passov   GOLF.com

Pictures: CJ Anderson

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Stop Complaining and believe you are the best says Gary Player.

Stop Complaining and believe you are the best says Gary Player.

Stop Complaining and believe you are the best says Gary Player.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

I played on the South African Sunshine Tour from 1969 to 1979 and had the good fortune to play a few practice rounds with the great Gary Player.  

I learned a lot of life lessons from Gary.  But the one that has stuck in my head all these years came to the fore this week.  I heard all the mumblings and grumblings about the greens at Chambers Bay.  Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson did not have kind words for the Robert Trent Jones Jr design.

Stop Complaining and believe you are the best says Gary Player.

Gary Player has been an inspiration to me and many others with his honesty, integrity, and positive attitude!

I was playing a practice round before the SA Masters at Kensington GC with Gary Player.  And the greens were extremely bumpy.  I complained to Gary, but instead of getting sympathy, Gary said, “Mel, I am the best putter in the world on bumpy greens.  So much so that I think I have a huge advantage this week and believe I can win this tournament.”  He went on to win by 7 shots!

The following week, we played the SA Open Championship at Mowbray Golf Club in Cape Town, and the greens were beautiful and really fast.  

I thought, “Gary will have a hard time this week as these greens are not the bumpy greens of the week prior.”  When I saw Gary in the clubhouse before the first round, I said, “Gary, what do you think of these smooth slick greens?”  Do you know what he said?  “Mel, I am the best putter in the world on fast, smooth greens.  I think I have an advantage over everyone else in the field this week!” He went on to win by 5!

It was an epiphany moment for me!  As long as you believe you are the best in ANY situation, you will immediately have an advantage over everyone else!  If it is raining, say “I love playing in the rain”  If it is sweltering, say “I love playing in the heat!” and if it is freezing cold, say “I love playing in the cold!”  Remember, you cannot change the situation. You can only change your attitude towards the situation!  I think the winner of the US Open at Chambers Bay will have to have that attitude!

Source: Mel Sole

Pictures: Keith Allison

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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!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

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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