The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones. He graduated from Cornell in 1930 and immediately set about his love and subsequent life's work designing golf courses. Jones designed SevenOaks Golf Course in 1934, but because of the great depression, the plans sat idle in a drawer until the 1950's. Ground was broken for the first nine holes in May of 1956. The course was completed and open for play July 4th, 1958. The second nine was completed and open for play in September of 1965. SevenOaks is characteristic of all Jones' courses, which include strategic deployment of water, along with extensive tee areas and large, expansive greens.