Rees Jones was born into the game of golf. He learned to play as a youngster, competing as a junior golfer in college and while in the army. He grew up traveling with his family to golf courses all over the world and worked in the summers for his father, renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones. After college at Yale and graduate studies at Harvard, he went to work in 1964 as a principal in Robert Trent Jones, Inc. Ten years later in 1974, he founded his own design firm, Rees Jones, Inc., headquartered in his hometown of Montclair, New Jersey.

He has designed or redesigned more than 100 golf courses in his career. The company offers a full range of services to help each client achieve its goal by providing an outstanding final product that is completed on schedule and within the client's budget.

Jones has earned the moniker "The Open Doctor" for his redesign of courses in preparation for major championships. His remodeling skills have been applied to seven U.S. Open venues, seven PGA Championship courses, four Ryder Cup and two Walker Cup sites as well as the President's Cup at The Royal Montreal Golf Club. Two of his redesigned courses are FedEx Championship sites: Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, host of the BMW Championship; and East Lake Golf Club, the permanent site of the PGA TOUR's Tour Championship.

Among his notable original designs are Nantucket Golf Club, Atlantic Golf Club, The Golf Club at Briar's Creek, RedStick Golf Club, Ocean Forest Golf Club, Haig Point Club, Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, The Bridge, and Cascata Golf Course.

Rees has been recognized many times for his contributions to the game. His awards include the 1998 Metropolitan Golf Association Distinguished Service Award, the 2002 Metropolitan Golf Writers Distinguished Service Award, Golf World Magazine's 1995 Golf Architect of the Year, The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's Old Tom Morris Award in 2004, two architectural awards from the International Network of Golf, and the 2000 Robert Morris Award of the Welsh Society of Philadelphia. In addition, since its inception, Rees has been included on Golf Digest Magazine's list of the top five architects (Currently No. 2).