In 1987 celebrated golf architect Robert Trent Jones transformed the Malone Golf Club into a world-class 36-hole golf course. Taking the best elements of the existing Malone 18-hole course, designed by the legendary Donald Ross and Willard G Wilkinson, Jones added his unique design and challenge. Golf magazine had this to say about the final product: “The result was 36 outstanding holes with irrigated fairways, bent grass greens and gleaming white sand bunkers.”
The East Course (Par 72) has a dynamite front nine originally designed by Donald Ross and Willard G Wilkinson in the 1930s. A 1991 Golf Week Magazine article rated it the “Best Pure Classic Nine” in the world and said it “includes a fabulous Redan, a roller coaster short par-five, and pure-links style bunkering”.
The West Course (Par 71) calls for the best in concentration and execution. It is a diverse layout of rolling tree-lined fairways with strategically placed, massive white sand traps. Robert Trent Jones’ layout was best described in a New York Golf magazine article “The challenges are numerous: strong wind effect, major water hazard, serious trouble behind the green and sand bunkers ringing the putting surfaces.”