Rees Jones was born into the game of golf. He learned to play as a youngster and competed as a junior golfer, in college, and while in the Army. He grew up traveling with his family to golf courses all over the world and worked in the summers for his father, renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones. After college at Yale and graduate studies at Harvard, he went to work in 1964 as a principal in Robert Trent Jones, Inc. Ten years later he founded his own design firm, Rees Jones, Inc., headquartered in his hometown of Montclair, New Jersey.
In the last 30 years, Rees has become renowned in his own right, designing more than 100 courses, primarily in the United States. He is also well-known for his redesign of courses in preparation for golf’s major championships, so much so that his nickname is “The Open Doctor.” His remodeling skills have been applied to seven U.S. Open courses, six PGA Championship courses, three Ryder Cup and one Walker Cup sites. His redesign of East Lake has become the permanent site of the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship. Rees has been included in Golf Digest Magazine’s list of the top five architects in the world every year since the list has been compiled. Rees Jones was chosen to design Shadow Hawk because of his faithful application of traditional design concepts which maximize the natural elements of the settings with which he works. His signature green complexes and bunkering achieve an effect that is at the same time artful and fair, and his course designs have proven to be interesting to play day after day by players of diverse skill.