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Alabama Golf - Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Golf in Alabama 

Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Trail is the largest golf construction project attempted anywhere in the world and features 11 sites featuring courses of championship standard.


A former assistant dean at Alabama's law school revolutionised access to great public golf 25 years ago and the rest is history. 

While many scoffed at the concept, Dr. David G. Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, brought golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. out of retirement in the late 1980's and the concept of America's Original Golf Trail was born. 

When one breaks it down, most impressive about the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is understood best by numbers. 

  • Opened in 1992, golfers have played nearly 12 million rounds of golf on the RTJ Golf Trail.
  • 11 locations throughout the state of Alabama are comprised of 26 golf courses and a massive 468 holes of golf.
  • On average, more than 500,000 individuals play the courses each year.
  • Typically, players come from all 50 states and more than 20 different countries to play to courses annually.
  • To date, nearly 12 million rounds of golf have been played.
  • Since reaching fruition in 1992, The Trail helped create a tourism industry valued at $1.9 billion. In 2015, that number had ballooned to a staggering $13 billion. 

While maintaining the key course designs created by Robert Trent Jones, renovations of the original golf sites were recently completed. Owned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the RTJ courses remain consistent for quality and value while offering new experiences.

$25 Golf Days Across RTJ 

To help celebrate the silver anniversary of America's original golf trail, golfers are invited to enjoy a round of golf for $25 plus tax including cart at the following sites on these designated days: 

Magnolia Grove - Mobile - Thursday, June 15

Hampton Cove - Huntsville - Thursday, June 29

Highland Oaks - Dothan - Thursday, July 13

The Shoals - Muscle Shoals - Thursday, July 20

Cambrian Ridge - Greenville - Friday, August 4

Capitol Hill - Prattville - Monday, August 7

Ross Bridge - Hoover - Monday, August 14

Grand National - Auburn/Opelika - Thursday, August 24

Oxmoor Valley - Birmingham - Thursday, August 31

While celebrating its 25th year, The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail continues to be one of Alabama's tourist attractions with guests coming from around the world. To start planning your trip to Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, visit Special golf packages for the 25th anniversary will be offered throughout 2017.

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Eight of the courses on the Trail are now served by resort hotels where golfers and their partners can enjoy a range of treatments at top-class spas. And while following the RTJ courses has become a great way of exploring the state there is also a tremendous choice of 150 “off-Trail” courses spread across the rest of Alabama. The overall selection is good enough for the International Association of Golf Tour Operators to vote Alabama one of the world’s top 10 emerging golf destinations.

Popular golf courses and resorts not on the designated Trail include Goose Pond, Craft Farms, Cotton Creek Club, Cypress Bend and, on the Gulf Coast, The Woodlands and Kiva Dunes. Golfing your way around Alabama is not expensive.


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