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Alabama - RTJ Trail

Alabama - RTJ Trail

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A great destination for a dedicated golf holiday, offering a wide variety of courses. Particularly recommended if your budget is restricted, the greenfees are incredibly low considering the high quality of each and every course!
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Golf at the RTJ Trail, Alabama

The Robert Trent Jones Trail (or "RTJ Trail") is the largest golf construction project ever attempted on the planet. Located in the state of Alabama between the towns of Huntsville and Mobile, the Trail is an enormous collection of high-quality championship courses. The idea for this grand project came from Dr. David Bronner, who was in charge of Alabama State's pension fund assets and wished to do something to help the State. He invited the worldclass golf architect Robert Trent Jones Sr to design all (original) golf sites and invested an initial US$120 million, in the hope that golfers from around the world would visit and boost the local tourism. The plan is a great success. The RTJ Trail has become a top holiday destination for golfers, offering an excellent variety of courses, suitable for golfers of all levels. Each of the courses is unique, no mass production took place. Last but not least, the greenfees are very affordable as well, varying from c. $40 in winter (low season) to c. $60 in spring (peak season).

Where to play

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced players, there is plenty of choice to pick your ideal course. The original 7 complexes have grown to 10, including - from North to South - The Shoals, Hampton Cove, Silver Lakes, Oxmoor Valley, Ross Bridge, Grand National, Capitol Hill, Cambrian Ridge, Highland Oakes, Magnolia Grove and Lakewood. At all courses, the tee boxes are designed not to differentiate for gender, but for ability. Besides the RTJ Trail, Alabama offers several other excellent golf sites.

Where to stay

As you can imagine, the grand project not only incorporates great golf courses, but a wide array of excellent golf resorts as well. Some of the recommended options are the Marriott at Capitol Hill, the Marriott at Grand National, the Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort and the Marriott Shoals Resort & Spa.

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    Capitol Hill - Judge Course

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    Cambrian Ridge

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    Capitol Hill - Judge Course

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    Cambrian Ridge

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    Ross Bridge

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    Capitol Hill - Legislator Course

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    Capitol Hill - Senator Course

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    Grand National - Links Course

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    Grand National - Lake Course

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    Oxmoor Valley - Ridge Course

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    Highland Oaks

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    Mangolia Grove - The Crossings

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    Mangolia Grove - Falls

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    Silver Lakes

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    Lakewood - Azalea Course

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    The Shoals - The Fighting Joe

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    Oxmoor Valley - Valley Course

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    The Shoals - The Schoolmaster

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Climate

The State of Alabama is blessed with an inviting climate, with pleasant temperatures and lots of sunshine during most months. The best seasons to play golf here are spring, summer and fall, but even in winter you can play (with temperatures around 60ºF or 15ºC).

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Getting there

Most courses on the RTJ Trail are found nearby an interstate or a federal highway (never further than 15 miles away from them), and all sites are clearly marked by signs, so you will have no trouble getting here by car. If you need to fly here first, it's best to fly to Birmingham's airport, which is located centrally among the top courses.

Getting around

Although all sites of the RTJ Trail are located in a concentrated area - each course is within a 2-hour drive of (at least) one other course - renting a car is a must. This way, you can play at many sites during your holiday!

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    Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

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    Marriott Pratville at Capitol Hill

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    Hampton Inn Pratville

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    Marriott Auburn Opelika Hotel

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    Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa

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    Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

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    Courtyard by Marriott

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