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Robert Trent Jones SR.



« I found everything that is characteristic of a great golf course: an exceptional site, a wonderful piece of land to shape, and history. »

His signature is recognized worldwide: RTJ Sr. designed nearly 500 courses in 28 different countries over more than 60 years. He is one of four architects inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Robert Trent Jones Sr. a "master architect" who revolutionized golf course architecture.

He it was who created "target golf". He was also the originator of the "risk/reward" or no reward without risk strategy that encourages risk-taking to gain strokes. In his words, "every hole should be a difficult par but an easy bogey."

Joyenval is one of seven courses RTJ Sr. designed in France. After his first visit to the Joyenval site, RTJ Sr. revealed, "I found there everything that is characteristic of a great golf course: an exceptional site, a wonderful piece of land to shape, and history.


Keen to perpetuate the magnificent achievement of Joyenval, the Club called on Robert Trent Jones 2. A member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Robert Trent Jones 2 has 270 courses to his credit in 40 countries.

« We sincerely believe that the two courses at Joyenval represent the best layouts my father ever designed in Europe. »


As part of the continuation of the work of Robert Trent Jones Sr. the Joyenval Club has become a member of the Robert Trent Jones Society. Established in 2004, its mission is to "honor the work of RTJ Sr., preserve historical records of the courses he designed around the world, and encourage and develop its members' awareness of the architect's philosophy."

Gaëtan Mourgue d'Algue


With more than 30 French Championship titles to his credit, this great champion was the founder of the famous Lancôme Trophy. He also created the N°1 golf magazine "Golf Européen", then co-founded the first European and World Golf Guides (Peugeot Golf Guide, Rolex Golf Guide).

At the end of the 80s, he naturally succumbed to the charm of this 550 acre property in Chambourcy and the listed site of the Désert de Retz, a hunting ground for the Kings of France and a unique site to host two courses.

In recognition of his sporting and professional career, GMA was also the first continental European member of the Royal and Ancient of St Andrews.

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