Cited as one of the top eight in the world for quality golf by Golf Digest, Robert Trent Jones Trail has now a total of 21 courses. The 378 holes designed by architect Robert Trent Jones have helped Alabama in expanding its tourism industry and strengthen the state’s economy. According to the New York Times, the beautifully landscaped layouts of the Robert Trent Jones Trail are exquisitely challenging. The Atlanta Constitution also called the Trail “the finest public course in the country.”
The Trail has been the haven of the Ross Bridge, Ballantrae Golf Club, Farmlinks Golf Club, Cambrian Ridge Golf Club, Highland Oaks Golf Club, The Shoals, Limestone Springs Golf Club, Oxmoor Valley, Timberline Golf Club, and the Hampton Cove. These golf destinations are also offering golf vacation packages.
The Shoals is home to two well designed championship courses that lie between two dams on the Tennessee River. The “Fighting Joe Course” which was named after General Joseph Wheeler is the first course in the Trail to break 8,000 yards. The layout brings about good straight-forward golf. The second course was named “The Schoolmaster” in honor for President Woodrow Wilson. This tree lined layout features the wooded and rolling greens suited for challenging rounds of play.
The Ross Bridge was named one of Zagat’s top new courses. The entire layout meanders through indigenous landscape which is symbolic of an old parkland style. Two significant lakes that were connected by the 80 feet waterfall come in the ten holes play. The natural obstructions combined with water, elevation changes, and large putting surfaces challenge every golfer’s swing.
This new championship course in the Robert Trent Jones Trail brings about the Scottish golf spirit. The course in Pelham was designed by Bob Cupp with a touch of Scotland where he placed the grand auld game in the most perfect acreage. Ballantrae, home of the Dixie Section of the PGA now offers new challenges to every golf champions.
The Limestone Springs was a perfect canvas for Jerry Pate as it was rated with 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest. The abundance of natural creeks, scenic ridges and valleys, hillside outcroppings of limestone, and the dramatic elevation changes conceived the expertly crafted golf course. This 7,000 yards layout with par 72 from the championship markers also offers four separate tees suited for all levels.
This 54-hole facility in Birmingham features the numerous creeks, scenic forests, and the challenging elevation changes. Located in the largest city in Alabama, the Oxmoor Valley’s short course has been listed as one of the nation’s Great Value public courses. The Ridge Course offers every golfer its roller coaster fairways, the precipitous 150-foot elevation changes, and the heavy tree cover. The Valley Course on the other hand is dotted with beautiful rolling fairways and picturesque lakes. The 18th hole was named “The Assassin” since it gives way to a dramatic finish.
The Timberland Golf Club, “Alabama’s Only True Golfer’s Club” has opened in 2002. The course was built on a former 9-hole course where additional land was purchased for expansion. Designer Jerry Pate added another 9 holes to come up with the superb 7,000 yards from the tips with par-71. The entire layout was meticulously manicured with greens that roll gently.
This Hurdzan-Fry designed course is unlike any other golf course in the world. The 7,444 yards from the tip has been the world’s first research and demonstration course where the latest golf products are tested. FamLinks Golf Club also features a mix of immaculate greens, pristine fairways, and the dramatic elevation changes. The course is open to public six days a week.
Hampton cove is a 54-hole facility in a terrain that drastically changes from one side to the other. The entire layout underwent renovation to bring back the original design which is a true Scottish links course. The Highlands Course has been one of the gems of the Trail with an old mule barn and the signature 5th hole. The River Course is laid on a former Soybeans field where its 18th green is considered as the third oldest in the state.
The Cambrian Ridge is home to challenging nine courses. The Canyon nine is a thrilling stretch of target-style golf with a #1 hole that drops some 200 feet from tee to fairway. The Loblolly nine is the only nine holes that feature a par 35 on the Trail. The Sherling nine is considered as the best nine in the entire trail with a hole #9 that marches uphill. The Short Course on the other hand is a collection of par-3 holes laid out between the Sherling Lake and the ridge. Cambrian Ridge is home to the popular Annual Father/Son Championship.
The core nine of Highland Oaks Golf Club is located in the southeast corner of Alabama. It features three nine-hole championship courses and a one nine-hole short course. Each course offers unique golfing experience making the entire layout with some of the longest and most classically designed holes in the Trail.
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