Great golf happens on great courses. And courses don’t get better than the ones on Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. With 11 locations, 26 courses and more than 400 championship holes, the toughest challenge may be deciding which one to play first.
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ALABAMA’S ROBERT TRENT JONES GOLF TRAIL – PUBLIC GOLF AT ITS BEST
Golf course architect Robert Trent Jones saw the group of public courses he designed in Alabama as his version of Michelangelo’s masterful artwork in the Sistine Chapel. The 26 courses are now called the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a total of 468 holes at 11 locations across the state. The Trail’s long list of accolades includes recognition as the best value in the country as a golf destination, according to a recent Golf Digest survey, and golfers in the same survey put the Trail among the top eight in the nation for quality of golf. Golf World readers named the sites in Opelika and Prattville as the top 2 public golf sites in the country.
Funded by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail was built to help expand tourism, recruit industry and attract retirees, thus strengthening the state’s economy while adding to the quality of life for all Alabamians. The concept for the Trail came from Dr. David G. Bronner, who, as chief executive officer, shaped the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) into one of the nation’s best-performing pension funds. RSA also owns the eight hotels on the RTJ Resort Collection (PCH Hotels & Resorts).
Part of Dr. Bronner’s investment philosophy hits home in its rationale for funding the Trail: “The stronger the Retirement Systems can make Alabama, the stronger the Retirement Systems of Alabama will be.” The Trail has been a strong contributor to Alabama’s economy. Since the Trail opened 27 years ago, Alabama’s tourism dollars have increased from less than $1.8 billion to more than billion $15 billion.
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 Boston Globe reported, “In Alabama, a genius in course design created 18 (now 26) jewels for everyone to enjoy at one-third the rate of comparable facilities.” The Atlanta Constitution called the Trail “the finest public courses in the country.”
Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
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*Offer valid March 15, 2021 – May 25, 2021. Specials cannot be combined with other discounts and must be paid in full and booked with Reservations at least 48 hours prior to play. Valid at Ross Bridge starting at $165 per person per day. Specials do not include play at Lakewood Golf Club. Specials do not include tax or lodging. Not valid with previously booked packages. There is a $10 surcharge for each round on the Judge at Capitol Hill. Some restrictions may apply. Offers subject to change.
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail “booth” is part of GolfBlogger’s Michigan Virtual Golf Show 2021. For all of the other participants in the Michigan Virtual Golf Show 2021, follow the link.