Author to discuss biography of Robert Trent Jones Tuesday at Highland Oaks in Dothan

Posted: Friday, 22 May 2015

DOTHAN - History professor Dr. James R. Hansen will discuss his award-winning book, "A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf," during a book talk on Tuesday, May 26, at the Highland Oaks Golf Course in Dothan. The event will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

This book talk is part of the public programming planned by the local hosts of "The Way We Worked," a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street program traveling exhibition on display at Troy University's Dothan Campus library through June 25. The local hosts are TROY and The Cultural Arts Center of Dothan. For more info, visit, or contact Dr. Martin Olliff at

Hansen's profile of renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones is an expertly researched and written reflection on the life and career of one of the most prolific, well-respected and transformational figures in the history of golf. "A Difficult Par" focuses not only on Jones' achievements in design and architecture, but also on the personal and financial challenges that he faced throughout his career. It won the Herbert Warren Wind Award for best golf writing in 2014 from the U.S. Golf Association.

Hansen, a professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University since 1986, has written 10 books about the history of aerospace, including "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong," as well as numerous articles for golf publications.