Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Robert Trent Jones II takes pride in declaring that his course at Reserva Concha, which opened for play in 1997 and is considered one of the top in the country, represents "environmentally sensitive golf at its best." The rolling terrain in which this 2300-acre complex is set provides useful lines of site toward the plush, elevated greens, which is especially important since access to them is complicated by trees, water and bunkers. The standout hole here is probably the par 5, 547-yard 18th, where water remains in play right up to a reverse-sloping green that can only be reached in two with an epic shot. The upkeep is first-rate, as are the resort's facilities in general, from the paradise-themed clubhouse that looks out over the course and beyond to the Catalina Islands offshore, and that houses the country's top pro shops, to the 5-star hotel with more than four hundred rooms.