The Grand Re-Opening of Dorado Beach Resort’s East Course in Puerto Rico was the first in a series of events signifying this historic property’s resurgence as one of the premier golf, leisure, resort and private membership experiences in the world.
Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s restoration of the historic East Course to the original vision put forth by his father brings this classic seaside course into the 21st century with a subtle rebirth as a modern masterpiece.
“It was truly an honor to restore one of my father’s original masterpieces,” said Robert Trent Jones, Jr. “The restoration of the East Course has enhanced the natural beauty, playing conditions and flexibility that my father had originally envisioned over 50 years ago.” But wait, there’s more
Situated in the western region of the Algarve, the Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort was one of the most talked-about new golf courses since 2011. Breathtaking views to the Ria de Alvor, Meia-Praia and Bay of Lagos the 27-hole complex blends a perfect mix of links and inland golf in an idyllic setting.
Recently Lagos won a string of plaudits from visitors to Tripadvisor.com after it requested its readers to name its top 15 worldwide places on the rise, finishing above the likes of Hua Hin in Thailand, Cannes, Cape Town, Talinn, Stockholm, Moscow and Innsbruck in the poll. Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort received its own accolades after it was named second in the list of the top 20 attractions in Lagos, beaten only by the town’s impressive array of beaches – some of the finest to be found anywhere in Europe. (more…)
Club de Golf Alcanada is situated in the northern part of the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Spain, this is the only course in the island that is right by the sea. Almost as spectacular as this Robert Trent Jones Jnr. design are the views across the bay of Alcudia, just 150m into the sea the lighthouse on the island of Alcanada stands vigilant and it can be seen from most of the holes; this iconic symbol has been chosen to be part of the club’s logo.
The 6.499 meter long course (Par 72) has a great variation of holes, with the shortest par 3 of 160 yards and the longest par 5 at over 615 yards. Blending naturally into the typical mallorcan terrain this very fair and hilly golf course is surrounded by pine and olive groves featuring 58 well placed green side and fairway bunkers, challenging greens with hidden breaks and difficult but fair tee shots already make this golf course a must for all experienced golfers.
Located in a beautiful and typically Gran Canaria landscape Salobre Golf Resort contrasts between the lush greens and the surrounding volcanic desert land, a test to your golfing skills in a demanding layout, a chance to use every club in your bag. Salobre offers two courses, the North and South course, with the later course offering the harder challenge.
Salobre South - Intelligently designed by Roland Favré & Robert Trent Jones Jr. the course is almost desert-like in some parts and there is a very high tee on the fourteenth, where the green is enclosed by mountains, cactus landscape, and rough stones. The designers have made use of the landscape to create this a challenging layout that was not only interesting but also challenging, challenging, where the golfer has to use all the skills to come up with a winning score card.
This par 71 golf course has been divided into 4 par 5s, 9 par 4s, and 5 par 3s, the elevated location of the Salobre Golf Resort course offers breathtaking panorama of the mountains as well as the sea. It is quite interesting to see the contrast of the green of the golf course with the desert milieu and any golfer is sure to have a wonderful time. The course has an Arizona feeling, not just its design but also in the atmosphere that surrounds it. But wait, there´s more
Born July 24, 1939 in New Jersey, Usa; Robert Trent “Bobby” Jones, Jr. is the son of legendary golf course designer Robert Trent Jones and the brother of golf course designer Rees Jones. In a career spanning more than four decades, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. has designed more than 270 golf courses in more than 40 countries on six continents. After attending Yale and graduate studies at Stanford University, he joined his father’s firm, Robert Trent Jones Incorporated. His earliest experience was working beside his father on the legendary Spyglass Hill in the 1960s.
He became vice president of the company assuming control of west coast operations; he then expanded the company’s business to Asia with his debut international effort, Bangkok’s Navatanee Golf Course.
This foray across the ocean represented the first of hundreds of international course designs he would create in the ensuing years as he matured into a great artist. In 1972, the son left his father’s firm and set out on his own by founding Robert Trent Jones II golf course architects, where he has assembled what is arguably the most talented golf course architecture team in the industry. Jones is a member of the California Golf Hall of Fame; a long-standing member, former president, and current board member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects; and the recipient of many other industry awards and honors.
For the first time in paperback–the book in which America’s preeminent designer of golf courses reveals his secrets to playing better, smarter golf. Copiously illustrated throughout with full-color photographs, instructional drawings, and diagrams, GOLF BY DESIGN teaches golfers how to analyze each hole from a designer’s perspective–how to beat the course by outwitting its architect.
From tee to green, from fairway to rough, Jones leads golfers through every step of a course designer’s strategy, detailing how architects use optical illusions, elevation changes, forced carries, trees, sand, and even different types of grass to challenge a golfer’s playing skills. He then presents expert strategies for counterattack–from constructing the ideal approach shot to taking advantage of the wind and playing across water.
GOLF BY DESIGN provides novice golfers with invaluable insights into all of the basic, crucial elements of strategy and technique. At the same time, the book offers seasoned players the inside knowledge they need for lowering their handicap and permanently improving their game.
A time-honored adage of the sports world is that fundamentals come from the ground up, and Golf by Design literally exemplifies this statement. The author, an internationally acclaimed golf course architect, has produced a how-to work of considerable technical and artistic merit. The result is a well-written golfing masterpiece. Included are discussions of golf as analogous to chess and pool, as well as instructional line drawings that simplify the most difficult scenarios. Spectacular color photographs of 60 of the world’s most challenging courses further enhance this one-of-a-kind guide that is likely to become a classic. Highly recommended for most public libraries. Albert Spencer, Coll. of Education, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas – Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the author – Robert Trent Jones Jr. has designed or remodelled more than 200 award-winning golf courses around the world and has been called the ‘father of modern environmental golf course architecture’.
Inaugurated in 1975 Palmares Golf Course was designed by Frank Pennick who made outstanding use of the unique situation and who was able to include in his design five Links holes on the dune close to the Atlantic beach of Meia Praia, Lagos, Portugal. Set in 550 acres of rolling countryside, Palmares Golf Course is a most scenic golf course taking advantage of its beautiful location in the western Algarve near the historic city of Lagos, commanding magnificent views of the Lagos bay, and the distant Monchique hills.
The course is a good test of golf and is suitable for players of all abilities, a mixture of links and parkland golf, so plenty of variety. After the first hole, a breathtaking hole running down to the sea, the next five (four after the renovation) run along the seashore behind the Meia Praia beach. After that the course turns inland, and winds through the hills and pine trees, parkland style, during springtime the fairways are lined with flowering shrubs, acacias and the blossoming Almond trees. If the wind blows it can become very a challenging game, there are a few long walks between tees and a few hills to climb, so consider hiring a buggy.
The course has been redesigned in 2010 by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and it is currently being extended to 27 holes (with the inauguration scheduled to April 2011), the new layout will certainly offer players not only additional challenges to their skills but also increased emotions when observing the course’s breathtaking views. Not many golf courses in Southern Europe can offer such a challenge and this may be the reason why Palmares Golf Course is known as the Jewel in the Crown and a must when taking an Algarve golf tour.