This weekend is filled with important events for fathers across America. Of course there is Father’s Day on Sunday, but the there’s also golf’s 115th U.S. Open. What better way to spend your Sunday than kicking back and watching the final round play out with your friends and family. This year’s U.S. Open also has an important connection to Father’s Day.
Golf’s most prolific architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr., would have turned 109 this weekend. Robert Trent Jones designed nearly 500 courses around the world, including course used for The U.S. Open. His son, Robert Trent Jones Jr. has followed in his father’s footsteps and designed or remodeled more than 250 courses, including Chambers Bay (this year’s U.S. Open course). Together they have influenced over 700 golf courses in 40 countries on 6 continents.
A 5 minute documentary, produced by Few Among Many Films tells the story of the Jones’s family start at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club, and the impact this family has had on the game of golf. In the film, Jones Jr. discusses his design for the 2015 U.S. Open and his father’s legacy. His designing of Chambers Bay would be the first time a father and son have designed a course purposed for the U.S. National Championship.
The timing of Father’s Day, his father’s birthday, and the U.S. Open is special to RTJ Jr.
When asked about this year’s event, Jones referring to his father, said, “he’ll be there.”