Industry News

Robert Trent Jones’ masterpiece, Eisenhower Blue, shines for all to see as the USGA hosts its first tournament on military soil

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (July 17, 2023) - The pristine RTJ classic, Eisenhower Blue, is hosting the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship this week in Colorado Springs on a course that is a prime Robert Trent Jones Sr. classic, built in 1959 and unaltered since President Eisenhower hit the inaugural first tee shot. 

“In all my years conditions on the course have never been better, “said Steve Wallace, General Manager, adding “it is a real tribute to my team given the tough spring weather conditions.” 

Robert Trent Jones Society photo.jpg

In addition to pristine conditions and excellent weather, the opening ceremonies included a speech by astronaut, Eileen Collins, a parachute team landing on the driving range, and an Air Force flyover. Astronaut Collins likened her trailblazing career to the young ladies navigating the course. Adding to the festivities was a visit by Robert Trent Jones Jr. who recalled fondly his father’s work. “It is really special to see all of my father’s unique design principals at work, especially a wonderful routing through the Colorado front range.” 

The Eisenhower Blue Course features classic RTJ elements such as subtle elevation changes, excellent routing, framed greens with multiple pin locations, strategic water hazards and of course, runway tees. The unchanged nature of his design was a key factor in the USGA deciding on the venue. All the elements will be in play as the ladies determine the best junior golfer July 21 and 22 in match play. USAFA is one of 36 Robert Trent Jones Society member clubs and with West Point, the only two military courses in the Society. 

# # #

RTJ Society logo.png

About the Robert Trent Jones Society.  

The Robert Trent Jones Society was created in 2004 and consists of 36 member clubs worldwide designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior. The mission of the Society is to honor Robert Trent Jones Sr. and his work, to preserve the historical information and documents pertinent to the golf courses he designed, and to encourage and support the education of member clubs on the design principles of his courses.

Media Contact 
David Leigh 
Marketing Chairperson
Robert Trent Jones Society