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Golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. the subject of new biography by Auburn University professor James Hansen

A Difficult ParAUBURN UNIVERSITY – The life of the man whose name is synonymous with premier golf course architecture, and is particularly well-known in the state of Alabama for the 26-course public golf trail that bears his name, is the subject of a new biography written by Auburn University professor and historian James R. Hansen.

“A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf,” to be released May 8 by Gotham Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, tells the life story of the man behind many of the defining forms, shapes and challenges of the modern golf course.

“No golf architect is more historically significant than Robert Trent Jones Sr.,” Hansen said. “In a career spanning 70 years, from his first golf course in 1930 to his death in 2000, he spread the gospel of golf by designing over 400 courses in the U.S. as well as 27 countries on five continents. Because his journey to the status of ‘the world’s greatest golf architect’ was unprecedented, nothing in the history of golf compares with Jones’s epic life story.”

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