Sweet Home Alabama offers more than you might think. Beautiful beaches here. Lush, forest-covered mountains over there; no matter where you go, you will never run out of great things to do. But for us golfers, it is home to one of the largest golf course construction projects of all time – Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
The 11 sites, with 26 total golf courses, on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail spread throughout Alabama. Challenging yet serene, these courses allow players to enjoy the scenery as they are taking in a round. In Alabama, that’s just par for the course. Did you know that Alabama averages almost 215 sunny days each year? Plenty of opportunity to enjoy Alabama’s beautiful weather and its first-class golf.
The 26 public courses on Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail feature 468 holes at 11 locations across Alabama. The Trail’s long list of accolades includes recognition for both value and quality. Since opening in 1992, more than 12 million rounds of golf have been played on the Trail.
The Trail’s artfully designed and beautifully landscaped courses, according to The New York Times, are “some of the best public golf on earth.” The Wall Street Journal said the Trail “may be the best bargain in the country.” The Atlanta Constitution called the Trail “the finest public courses in the country.” From the LPGA to the PGA TOUR to the Symetra Tour, professional golf has been played on the Trail for the past 20 years.
Hoover’s Ross Bridge, the Trail’s crown jewel, opened in 2006 and became home to the Regions Charity Classic. Nestled in the peaceful valley of Shades Mountain, the wide-open layout gives golfers variety and options, including the chance to play an 8,200-yard course if you’re feeling feisty. It is just down the road from Birmingham’s Oxmoor Valley, a 54-hole facility.
Other Trail sites with 54 holes include Capitol Hill in Prattville, Grand National in Opelika, Magnolia Grove in Mobile, and Hampton Cove in Huntsville. Several others have 36 holes, like The Shoals in Florence, Silver Lakes in Anniston, Highland Oaks in Dothan, Cambrian Ridge in Greenville and Lakewood in Point Clear.