The Old Course – It’s Not Only About the History

The Old Course, St. Andrews, courtesy of Russell Kirk
The Old Course, St. Andrews, courtesy of Russell Kirk

 
 
 
The Old Course at St. Andrews has been named as the world’s number one course by a poll of golf course architects from all over the world.

 
 
 
 

The pioneer of international golf course architects

As the world has become a smaller place and outstanding golf courses can be found in some of the most remote corners of the earth, we should not overlook the tremendous work that Robert Trent Jones did around the world as demand for golf grew during the 1930’s and later. Details on the collection of his business papers can be read here .  I recall very clearly playing at Royal Dar es Salam Golf Club in Rabat, Morocco in the 1990’s. The layout was classic Jones, wide fairways, doglegs, large bunkers with fairly shallow lips…all very playable and enjoyable. The golf course in Morocco was at one time in the Top 100 Courses in the world but as time and new construction sped by, it fell out of these rankings. Mr. Jones did much to create the initial international golf travelers.