The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

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This podcast is part of the series: ArchiTreats: Food for Thought

Multimedia Details Title: The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Creator: James R. Hansen
Submitted By: Alabama Department of Archives and Histo, Informal Education Partner, Informal Education Partner

Alabama Department of Archives and History


Mountains, rivers, and beaches challenge golfers who play Alabama's extensive trail of championship golf courses designed by eminent American golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Join us as James R. Hansen presents “The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.” This ArchiTreats: Food for Thought presentation was held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Hansen will use a handsomely illustrated slide presentation to examine the major architectural design principles built into the Trail. This array of courses built since the late 1980s at 11 sites across the state are part of a massive financial investment and economic development project sponsored by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. Hansen will discuss the Trail courses as reflections of Jones' personal philosophy, and review the extraordinary golf courses that are as demanding as they are picturesque.

Hansen is Professor of History and director of the Honors College at Auburn University. An expert in aerospace history for the past 26 years, he has written books and articles about the history of science and technology. His most recent book, First Man (Simon & Schuster, 2005), the first and only authorized biography of Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, has won numerous awards. Although most of his scholarly work has dealt with aerospace history, Hansen has also made his mark on the field of golf course history. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Robert Trent Jones, as well as a book on golf in Alabama.

This ArchiTreats presentation is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures presented by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information call (334) 353-4712 or go to

Length: 48:36
Content Areas: Social Studies
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