Alabama Golf – Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

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“this weekend we are heading south”
“to a trail of publicly owned golf courses” “built on the if you build it they will come
mentality” “I am the Weekend Golfer…”
“and this is Sweet Home Alabama” This is a place where golf is …
beautiful, affordable and open to the public The Robert Trent Jones Golf trail stretches
the entire state of Alabama From the Tennessee River to the Gulf of Mexico
This idea was conceived back in the late 80’s by the man who was in charge of the Alabama
State Pension Fund He had a dream to boost the economy and show
off the beauty of Alabama by building what he called a “Golf Trail”
He hired golf course architect Robert Trent Jones
and together they made a beautiful thing 11 sites, featuring 26 golf courses and 8
world class hotels I wish I could show you them all but with
just 48 hours I’ll show you my two favorite. When you arrive on Friday, check in the Marriott
Grand National There are two championship courses here plus
one short course You probably don’t recognize this course do
you I know I didn’t but it’s hosted a PGA event
here the last 3 years That’s because the Barbisol Championship that
was hosted here was played the same week of the British Open
This is a PGA tour layout with member-like conditions built on 600 acres
of tall pines with 12 holes running along Lake Saugahatchee
With huge elevation changes and water everywhere you’re going to have to be accurate
and if you don’t believe me, check out this hole
Try playing the back tees on the 15th hole I put about $18 worth of golf balls into this
lake You can spend the entire weekend here by playing
the short course when you arrive and then the
links and lake course the next days “If you know me, I normally take you places
away from the course” “but in a place like this, this is a 36 a
day buffet of golf” If you’re sticking around the resort, head
to the back patio for cocktails, dinner and stories on how you
put 3 golf balls into Lake Saugahatchee For me, I’m heading north to show you another
property This is Ross Bridge just outside of Birmingham
Canadians will find this hotel familiar as it was modeled after the Banff Springs Hotel
Whereas Grand National is perfect for buddies trips
I would say Ross Bridge is for families, couples or those
wanting an extra special experience. Word of warning – DO NOT PLAY THE TIPS
At 8,191 yards this is the 2nd longest course in the world
Although you would consider this course a parkland layout
I can’t help but feel the Scottish influences with
large greens, deep cavernous bunkers and rolling fairways
And if I didn’t see enough water yesterday, here we go again! Every hole out here could be a signature hole
but my favorite is the par 4 8th hole This reminds me of Augusta, the most private
course in the world with water left, the mounds to the right and
even the flowers With the clubhouse attached to the hotel you
don’t have to travel far after an amazing day on the course
Every night at sunset, rain or shine a bagpiper serenades the entire resort
Its likely something this grand in scale will never be built again
But that’s what makes this trail so special there are 468 holes that make you feel like
a private member as the golf world struggles to grow the game
maybe they should examine this trail call me crazy but gorgeous golf that’s open
to the public and affordable to all could be the answer
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3 Responses

  1. George Pierce

    August 29, 2018 2:44 am

    Looks like tubby finally lost some weight. #fatboyslim Don't worry pal, you will never keep it off.

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  2. charles barber

    August 14, 2019 7:17 pm

    Idk if I would say it’s affordable; Magnolia Grove in Mobile is $88 a person to play. You can play multiple course around Mobile for under $40 a person

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