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RTJ II faces design milestone in 2018

New Courses Ready to Open in South America, Asia, and Ireland

Palo Alto, Calif. (January 10, 2018) – Whether on a stretch of Irish peninsula overlooking the Atlantic, sand dunes along the South China Sea, or enhancing an international sporting destination in Argentina, the global footprint of Robert Trent Jones II (RTJ II) Golf Course Architects is on the threshold of milestone achievements in 2018.

The new year will see the first original golf designs by Robert Trent Jones, Jr either opening or in construction, in Ireland, Argentina, Vietnam, and Ecuador as RTJ II’s portfolio now extends to more than 40 countries on six continents. 

“Despite our global reach, we’re a small, hands-on company,” said Chairman and Master Architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. “We select a unique collection of design projects each year. The consistent quality of our designs has secured our reputation in countless settings around the globe.”


Hogs Head Golf Club in Waterville, Ireland, will open formally in the spring, an RTJ II original design with all the playing characteristics of fabled links designs. A headlands course surrounded by farmland, Hogs Head is a continuous 18-hole sequence with nine holes routed along the edge of dramatic, 100-foot coastal bluffs, and an inland stretch that navigates the ever-present Finglas River.

Termas Rio Hondo International Golf Club in Argentina is already playing a key role in the expansion of the Santiago del Estero Province as tourist destination. The region is also home to the country’s new Formula 1 racetrack and national museum of art and history.

RTJ II’s first course in Vietnam is Hoiana Golf Club, a breathtaking dunes landscape along the South China Sea that features two beachfront holes steps from the crashing surf. Scheduled for a Spring 2019 opening, the design incorporates a “short course” within the “regulation course” to provide a variety of experiences on a course that feels like a links experience in the tropics. Situated nearby is the ancient village of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Also underway in South America are two other RTJ II projects: Guayaquil Golf Club in Ecuador and Serena Del Mar in Colombia. Costa Palmas Golf Club in Los Cabos, Mexico, also is under construction, incorporates three distinct dunesland, harbor and canyon golf experiences. RTJ II has partnered with Four Seasons Costa Palmas on this pioneering project on the remote East Cape of Baja and is set to open in Spring 2019.

Back home, RTJ II is looking forward to the completion of Oxbow Country Club in North Dakota, as well as unveiling the restoration of the timeless architectural design of North Ridge Country Club near the California capital of Sacramento.

“We choose each project carefully,” says Bruce Charlton, RTJ II President and Chief Design Officer, “to ensure that we can deliver fun and creative golf challenges in world-class environments.”

With close to 280 golf courses in play worldwide, RTJ II golf courses continue to host tournaments on every major golf tour – most notably the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay and the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at CordeValle. The team’s designs also have hosted special events such as the U.S. Amateur, World Cup of Golf, The Skins Game, The Grand Slam, NCAA Championships, and many others. 

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About Robert Trent Jones II

With headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) is the preeminent golf design firm worldwide, having created more than 270 courses in over 40 countries on six continents. Trustees of a great tradition of golf course architecture, RTJ II is committed to working in harmony with nature to craft the best golf course on each unique site. The RTJ II design team has experience in every aspect of golf course development and the ability to provide support and expertise from conception through completion of any project. For additional information, visit the RTJ II website at or contact the firm at +1 650-475-0329 or

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2018 Global Project Overview

Hogs Head Golf Club

Termas Rio Hondo International Golf Club

Waterville, Ireland

Santiago del Estero, Argentina

An RTJ II original design adjacent to scenic shoreline cliffs, Hogs Head Golf Club has all the playing characteristics of fabled Irish links. A headlands course surrounded by farmland, Hogs Head is a continuous 18-hole sequence. Nine holes are routed along the edge of dramatic, 100-foot coastal bluffs, while an inland stretch navigates the ever-present Finglas River.

An original RTJ II design, Rio Hondo opens next spring in the northern region of Argentina. Bound to be compared with RTJ II’s Chambers Bay, host of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship, Rio Hondo weaves along a large wetland habitat while negotiating natural ravines and the Rio Dolce. Fairways are wide and engaging for room to play in the changing winds.

Hoiana Golf Club

Guayaquil Golf Club

Hoi An, Vietnam


A breathtaking seaside dunes landscape along the South China Sea featuring beachfront holes steps from the crashing surf, Hoiana Golf Club is currently under construction, to be unveiled in spring of 2019. Part of a Rosewood Hotel Hoi An destination resort, the wide dunescape design incorporates a “short course within a long course” for a fun golf experience ranging from 3,000 yards to 7,000-plus.

The first RTJ II project in Ecuador – for a long-standing local club that is moving to a new, riverside site – is an engaging 18 holes scheduled to break ground in May. Guayaquil is designed with a variety of strategic fairway contours rather than penal hazards. Multiple recreational opportunities will be adjacent to the routing, including an equestrian center, tennis complex, and marina club.

Serena del Mar Golf Club

Costa Palmas Golf Club

Cartagena, Colombia

Los Cabos, Mexico

Serena del Mar Golf Club is set to break ground in mid-2018. The RTJ II design takes full advantage of an estuary for nine holes, with the routing then following ridge lines along rolling hills for the other nine. The elevation changes will provide a variety of shot values and strategy.

Projected to open in the spring of 2019, RTJ II has designed an exceptionally scenic seaside golf experience within The Four Seasons at Costa Palmas. This project is the first of its kind on the East Cape of Los Cabos. The 18-hole routing weaves along sand dunes and through canyons to the shoreline, revealing breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez. Sand-based conditions are ideal for a fast, firm design.

North Ridge Country Club

Oxbow Country Club

Fair Oaks, Calif.

Oxbow, N.D.

Respecting the legacy of fellow architect William P. Bell, the RTJ II team restored a San Joaquin Valley classic that is to officially re-open in early 2018. All green and bunker complexes were reshaped to allow for a greater variety of shot options and introduce the ground game as an integral part of the experience. The course will also be more playable and “all-weather” for a golf-centric membership.

Revisiting an award-winning RTJ II design that debuted in 1975, this renovation project is halfway to completion. Nine newly created holes are in play, with the second nine – original holes updated to match the character of the new ones – scheduled for light play in the fall. The result will be a more spacious course, with visible bunkering and larger greens – all sitting above a flood plain.

Openings and projects of 2018 follow these recent RTJ II global accomplishments:


Golf Club De Geneve

Zala Springs Golf Resort

Geneva, Switzerland

Zalacsany, Hungary

Re-opened this summer, the renovation by RTJ II of a 1973 design masterpiece by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. created firm, fast and dry playing conditions by implementing modern technology in concert with today’s playability, without compromising the exceptional character of the original course architecture. The two-year project included renovation of bunkers and restoration of the green complexes along with major irrigation and drainage work, as well as turf innovations, to improve the performance and playability of green surfaces.

Two hours east of Budapest, the first RTJ II course in Hungary is a par 72 built surrounding natural reserves, vineyards, and lakes. It can play as long as 6,950 yards, but with four sets of tees will accommodate all levels of play. Debuting in 2016, the design incorporates short-grass green surrounds to inspire a wide variety of approach shots.


Terralta Country Club


Monterrey, Mexico


Debuting in 2016, this private community golf course features a variety of holes and elevation changes in a routing through lush desert vegetation. Playing up to 7,100 yards, the par 72 weaves along hillsides and along a sandy floor, providing different strategies throughout.