Golf course architect Jay Blasi is on a quest to accomplish the rare feat of participating in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay as both a competitor and contributing designer. Blasi spent 10 years working for Robert Trent Jones II and was the project architect at Chambers Bay. Now the 36 year-old is enrolled in the May 13 qualifier field at the Stanford University Golf Course.
As one of the youngest contributing golf architects to participate in the design of a U.S. Open course, Blasi was involved in all aspects of the design from concept through construction. He worked directly with the shapers in the field on the details of the greens, bunkers and grass lines on the course. Blasi credits RTJ II for providing the opportunity to realize his childhood dream, which was to be part of a design team for a U.S. Open golf course.
Today, he heads up Jay Blasi Design headquartered in Los Gatos, California. His upcoming projects include a major renovation of Santa Ana Country Club in Orange County, California, and being part of the restoration team of Alister MacKenzie’s Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica, California.