ROBERT TRENT JONES GOLF CLUB TO HOST THE PRESIDENTS CUP IN 2005
LAKE MANASSAS -- Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., will host the 2005 Presidents Cup, the PGA Tour has announced.
The lush and picturesque course, which winds its way around Lake Manassass in Prince William County, Va., has welcomed three previous Presidents Cups. The United States has won all of The Presidents Cups played at the venue, which is located less than an hour outside Washington D.C. RTJ also hosted the 2001 VSGA Amateur Championship.
The U.S., captained by Hale Irwin, won the inaugural event at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in 1994 by a 20-12 margin. Arnold Palmer captained the Americans to a second victory there by a 16½-15½ score in 1996.
The third U.S. win came in 2000 when Ken Venturi served as captain in a 21½-10½ victory.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Club opened in April 1991. Lake Manassas is visible on every hole, particularly on the back nine where eight holes run adjacent to the water.
"The membership and staff of Robert Trent Jones Golf Club is honored that the club has been named the site of the 2005 Presidents Cup," said George Burger, the general chairman for the 2005 event. "We view The Presidents Cup as one of golf's premier events and are excited to host our fourth in 2005."
Finchem said the support of the club's members has been an integral part of success of The Presidents Cup.
"The membership of this particular club has really embraced The Presidents Cup and made it part of what they're about," Finchem said. "It's great to see the enthusiasm with which they go about getting involved years in advance to prepare.
"Every time we go back, there's a whole lot of things that are a lot better, and that would not happen without that kind of enthusiasm."
The Presidents Cup will be contested outside the U.S. for the second time in November when it is held at The Links at Fancourt in George, South Africa. The U.S. holds a 3-1 edge in the biennial match play competition.
Nicklaus is serving as captain of the U.S. Team for the second time. He was at the helm in 1998 when The Presidents Cup was played in Australia and Peter Thomson's International Team won 20½ to 11½.