Alabama is home to one of the world’s most ambitious and expansive golf projects – The Robert Trent Jones Trail.
In the late 1980s local businessman Dr David Bonner had the idea of creating an enormous network of world-class golf courses through his beautifully landscaped home of Alabama. Dr Bonner persuaded premier architect Robert Trent Jones Snr out of semi-retirement and together they embarked on creating one of the biggest and best stretches of championship golf found anywhere in the world.
The collection of 468 holes is set on 11 different sites across Alabama and offers incredible value for money, with The Wall Street Journal saying it "May be the biggest bargain in the country".
The proximity of the courses to the main route ways makes your journey through the trail a simple one. There are many different ways to approach the trail – travel straight down the I-65 interstate and you will pick up 6 of the courses. Others choose to loop from Atlanta to Anniston, Birmingham, Montgomery and Auburn. Each way is within a 90 minute drive from Atlanta and its international airport.
Our suggested 7 night package includes:
Day 1 - Stay at Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa 5*, Play at Ross Bridge Golf Club
Day 2 - Stay at Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa 5*, Play at Oxmoor Valley Golf Club
Day 3 - Stay at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa 4*, Play at Cambrian Ridge Golf Club
Day 4 - Stay at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa 4*, Play at Capitol Hill Golf Club
Day 5 - Stay at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa 4*
Day 6 - Stay at Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel 4*, Play at Grand National Golf Club
Day 7 - Stay at Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel 4*
Includes return flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
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With 54 holes of superb golf spread over more than 1,500 acres, Capitol Hill is a magnificent club. The Judge Course is the jewel of the crown, ranked 6th in Alabama. Measuring at over 7,800 yards and featuring water hazards throughout, the Judge is quite possibly the toughest course on the Trail. The Legislator and Senator courses, however, should not be underestimated; both can provide a real challenge to even the most accomplished of golfers.
Another 54-hole golf club, Oxmoor Valley provides some of the most stunning views on the Trail. Sculpted throughout the peaks and valleys of the Appalachians, the courses wind through beautiful forests and creeks. The Ridge Course features rollercoaster fairways along some of the best par 5’s you’ll find, whilst the Valley Course, lined by trees and dotted with lakes, suitably stretches down a narrow valley before returning to the clubhouse. The Short Course, with its challenging collection of par 3’s, will provide a great test for your short game.
One of the greatest complexes designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr, Grand National Golf Club features 54 holes of golf at its finest. The Lake Course is the pick of the bunch, hugging the shores of the magnificent Lake Saugahatchee. The 15th, a 230-yard par 3, plays to a stunning island green: perhaps one of the best holes on the Trail. Meanwhile, the Links and Short courses will provide a stern test for every aspect of your game.
4 excellent loops of 9 make up 36 holes of excellent golf at Cambrian Ridge. The Sherling and Canyon courses, when combined, are acknowledged as the premier 18-hole configuration. The Canyon Course, an exhilarating stretch of golf, is sculpted from former hunting grounds, whilst the Sherling boasts stunning views from the highest point in the county.
Off the back tees Ross Bridge is one of the longest courses in the world, measuring a whopping 8,191 yards. Shorter hitters fear not; multiple tees make this course playable for golfers of all levels. There is no signature hole here, from the 1st to the 18th, each and every hole is as challenging as it is beautiful. Two significant lakes and a delightful waterfall make Ross Bridge a truly memorable layout.