As a golf course architect and planner, Robert Trent Jones has his name affixed to a myriad of golf courses across the globe. Indeed it is estimated that Trent Jones has his named associated with upwards of more than 450 actual golfing courses in 43 states and thirty four different counties in a career as a golf course mogul of nearly seventy years. There has been no shortage of U.S. Opens played on the sports golf courses that he built, designed or remodeled. But not until Robert Trent Jones International Golf Club opening in April 1991 did his name became associated officially any one specific set of golf links.
And as befits an architect of his magnitude, this golf course is exceptional – more than something special. A real one of a kind. The naturally rolling terrain by the shores of Lake Manassas presents a most special and endearing atmosphere that exudes one word and theme: golf and golfing. This set of land seems to have been waiting for a golf course to build on its presence. Indeed Jones, who personally designed the layout, called it one of the best areas of land on the globe for a set of golfing links, which he had ever seen or even dreamed of.
From these 1,100 acres Robert Jones created a golf sports masterpiece that rates with any of his finest works. The layout is true to Jones’ architectural philosophy of each and every hole, on the layout, being a hard par and an easy bogey. And with trees that allow the course to lie anywhere from 7240 to 5400 yards, that adage holds true for players of every handicap. The most scenic of holes is held by many to be the 9’Th, a stunning par 3 that sits alongside the lake itself. Two holes later, another wonderful par 3 appears. On this hole on Robert Trent Jones of Lake Manassas Virginia, the tee shot must be played directly over a large tract of Lake Manassas.
It must be said and emphasized that the greens of Robert Trent Jones club are large and contoured. Most are bordered by massive bunkers.
This course is a perfect blend of tournament course and country club. Built with the great hope of holding major championships, there is ample room for spectators. Yet is a far cry from a wide-open tournament course. Instead it has an air of privacy and seclusion.
With the namesake of Robert Trent Jones to this club, it has a lot to live up to. My all accounts and legends built on worth and substance it has not let this legendary golf course architect down.
The world of sports just gets more and more exciting and fun, just watching it gives you a ride of adrenaline and a passion for competition. That and all of what is drawn out to us from the cardboard advertisements and great sports commercials on television, sports just gets to you wherever you go. From the smallest to the largest of countries of the world, worldwide action of sports can reach you. But the fact that we are already at a very modern age that seeks blood pumping action from sports, raises a very interesting question, have golf left this category of our modern world of fun sport and become obsolete in terms of excitement and quality leisure time? No, of course not, just as how other sports get through the test of time, golf just soars high with the millions of fans screaming their hearts out in excitement but keeping silent as the golfer in the tournament hits another golf ball. The golf club hits the golf ball, and another fun and excitement filled competition have begun.
The thing about a golf game is that, it may not be as sweat driven and stamina draining compared to another sport like basketball or soccer, not as much a team play compared to what you have in hockey or football, and the audience reaction could be not as loud as what you have on a baseball game too. But uncovering the sheets of dense atmosphere behind a golf fan in a Tiger Woods tournament, we will get a similar tune of raging adrenaline and competitiveness as one would have in any other sport. I am a witness to this kind of situation myself. It was one sleepy and boring afternoon that I watched a golf game on my television, and to anyone’s surprise, was I still able to finish a whole hour and a half without falling asleep in the couch. All that time I was drawn to the next swing and the next hole and so forth that just kept me watching and awake, I blame it to the skill and seriousness these golfers have for the sport for keeping me at it, and yes it was really exciting to see who would win. Which just goes to show us how great a sport golf is to watch on television, then how much more on watching it for real, right?
I really never had a chance watch it for real though, all the busy schedule I have all week just forbids me of the pleasure of enjoying a golf tournament for real and not just on television. The closest encounter of golf I have ever made was these golf car parts we found in our old garage. But anyways, golf has proven to itself and as well as to people like me just how exciting it could be. I was not a fan of gold before that story I told you about happened, this time, I have become an avid fan of Tiger Woods myself, and I now always enjoy golf games on television. Sports really have different ways of expressing itself and golf just made a mark on it as one of the most appreciated game for me and even for the world.