Chad Fleming, PGA Professional
Head Golf Professional at
TPC Jasna Polana
Talks about TPC Jasna Polana Origins and Gary Player Architect
Situated on 230
acres of breathtaking countryside just minutes from Princeton University, TPC
Jasna Polana sets the standard as one of the East Coast’s hallmark private
courses. The club is the creation of Johnson-and-Johnson heiress Barbara
Piasecka Johnson, who in 1987 decided to transform her family’s exquisite
estate into a championship golf destination.
Legendary architect Gary
Player crafted the layout to allow for blanket views at every hole. The course
winds through rolling hills, corridors of hardwood trees, and numerous lakes,
creeks and ponds – challenging all levels of players with a track that’s
consistently rated one of the highest in the Garden State.
During a prolific
professional career spanning 50 years, South African native Gary Player
distinguished himself as one of the greatest players of all time – winning nine
majors on both the PGA TOUR and Senior Tour; the South African Open a record 13
times; the Australian Open a record seven times; and becoming the only player
ever to win all four majors on both the PGA TOUR and Senior Tours. Among his
innumerable achievements, Player won tournaments in 28 consecutive years, was
one of only three players and the only “modern day” player to win the British
Open Championship in three different decades, and holds the all-time record for
the most consecutive cuts at the Masters with 23.
Renowned around the
world as the “Black Knight,” Mr. Fitness and the International Ambassador of
Golf, Player is also one of the world’s most acclaimed golf course designers.
Since the early 1980’s, Gary Player Design has created more than 250
outstanding golf courses in 35 countries on five continents. Player’s design
philosophy focuses on combining modern technology with traditional design
principles to create unique courses that provide enjoyment for players of all
abilities, while protecting existing ecosystems and promoting environmental