The Dunes Club featured in PBS special Friday night

August 2, 2012 

— The Dunes Golf and Beach Club and its renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. are featured as part of an hour-long PBS television special that will air statewide at 9 p.m. Friday on the South Carolina ETV Network.

“Golf’s Grand Design” traces the history of golf course architecture from the 1880s through the modern era and highlights the game’s best-known and most influential courses.

Beginning with the Scottish influence in the early years, the program documents significant periods of golf course architecture: the Golden Age of the 1920s; the dominant influence of Jones in the post World War II era; and contemporary designers. A film crew was at The Dunes Club in May.

The Dunes is considered one of Jones’ masterpieces, and it is included along with other historical golf treasures such as National Golf Links of America on Long Island (N.Y.), Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx (N.Y.), Augusta National in Georgia, Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina and Bandon Dunes in Oregon.

“We are proud to be recognized as one of the best and most influential golf courses in the United States, “said The Dunes Club head pro Dennis Nicholl. “This classic Jones layout that opened in 1949 certainly has stood the test of time. It is a lasting legacy to one of the game’s greatest architects.”

Perhaps The Dunes Club’s most notable hole is the par-5 13th that curls left to right around Lake Singleton. It has earned the nickname “Waterloo.”

“I was able to work with the water on several holes, including the 13th,” said Jones in the book Golf’s Magnificent Challenge, published in 1988. “That became one of the world’s famous par 5s and perhaps the best example of my philosophy and architecture.”

Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284.

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