Public Golf Proclamation

Public Golf Proclamation

Great golf for the public good

Moscow Country Club

Moscow Country Club Golf Resort, Moscow, Russia

The first golf course in Russia

Photo: Courtesy of Moscow Country Club
The Max

Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course, Texas, USA

The first city-owned public golf facility in Laredo, Texas

Photo: The Henebrys
Hole #6 Holtsmark Golf Club

Holtsmark Golf Club, Sylling, Norway

One of this Scandinavian nation’s first truly public golf courses

At Robert Trent Jones II we will continue to design the best possible courses to meet the needs of our clients. But we believe that golf should also be easily affordable and accessible to everyone who wishes to play it. As our founder, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., stated in a letter to the New York Times, “The future of our sport lies in embracing the Scottish tradition in which all people are equal as they stand over the ball.”


  • Work with municipalities and other government entities to create great golf courses for their citizens through insightful, integrated master plans specific to each community.

  • Assist communities in creating programs and initiatives that make great public courses accessible and affordable to everyone.

  • Advocate for the creation of golf facilities on degraded sites to return unproductive land to productive and sustainable public uses.

  • Always protect and enhance the environment.

  • Design courses that require less earth moving, water, fertilizer, and other resources in an effort to keep investment and operating costs—and, therefore, green fees—reasonable.

  • Create wider strategic routings and sets of shorter “family tees” to encourage children to take up golf and have fun playing it.

  • Advocate for innovative practice facilities where young people and newcomers can learn to love golf, and support programs and organizations that introduce new players to the sport.

  • Design facilities that encourage speed of play, including inventive layouts such as “Learning Courses,” par-three routings, 6-, 9-, and 12-hole loops, and others.

  • Create public courses that are flexible, fun, and challenging to golfers of a wide range of abilities.

  • Encourage golf course owners to support local businesses and take an active role in their communities. 


See more of our public courses in the portfolio

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