Ross Bridge Golf Course, Hoover

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From the fairway of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail to the 18th hole of the famed and challenging courses along the coast, Alabama is a golf lover’s paradise with experiences unlike any other.

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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 recognitions 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.

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Golf Resorts Marriott Grand Hotel

Alabama’s golf resorts range from the very upscale Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort to the laid-back accommodations at several Alabama State Parks, plus cabins at Goose Pond Colony in North Alabama and luxurious condos at Kiva Dunes Resort in Coastal Alabama.

The Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa in Florence complements the 36-hole Shoals golf complex. While the historic Marriott Grand Hotel in Point Clear, along Mobile Bay consists of two golf courses, several dining choices, a private beach, marina and full-service spa.

The new Oster Golf Houses offer another unique way to stay and play the RTJ Golf Trail. These four bedroom, four bath completely furnished homes sleep 8 and are located near Capitol Hill in Prattville and Oxmoor Vallley in Birmingham.

In North Alabama around Lake Guntersville, several golf courses boast unique and varied on site lodging. They are Lake Guntersville State Park offering a lodge, cabins and camping; Gunter’s Landing with its four-bedroom villa next to the 14th green and Cherokee Ridge's seven-bedroom lake house.

Gulf Shores is home to exciting golf resorts, on-site condos, dining, and a complete spa are found at Craft Farms and Peninsula.

Other stay-and-play options include the four Alabama state parks with golf and lodges; Pursell Farms near Birmingham with an inn, lodge, golf cottages, spa, restaurant and the Orvis® Shooting Grounds; and Stewart Lodges at Steelwood located between Mobile and Gulf Shores.


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From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain range in Central Alabama to the sandy shores along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, you can expect game-challenging landscapes with captivating views. You’ll also enjoy some of the finest playing conditions in the South and Southern hospitality at its best.

Honours Golf® operates an array of impressive golf courses throughout the state. In the heart of downtown Birmingham, Highland Park is the oldest course in Alabama. Then there are the beautiful courses at Cider Ridge in Oxford, North River Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, Gateway Golf Course and Learning Center in Montgomery, and Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

With Coastal Alabama Golf you can experience nine signature golf courses located along the beaches; Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend courses at Craft Farms are Arnold Palmer’s only Alabama projects. Just down the street enjoy three nine hole courses at Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club, near the Bon Secour Wildlife Preserve. Kiva Dunes consistently ranks among the top golf courses along the Gulf Coast.

Golfers love the variety and options at GlenLakes Golf Club's 27-hole facility. Lost Key is certified as an Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary. Travel about 45 minutes north into the Mobile Bay’s Eastern Shore where you’ll find the Earl Stone courses, Rock Creek Golf Club and Timber Creek.

Coastal Alabama Golf takes care of booking golf and accommodations for a group of any size. Our accommodation partners provide our customers with a special rate by booking through Coastal Alabama Golf.


Other Notable Golf Courses Ballantrae Golf Club

Alabama boasts many award-winning golf courses designed by the likes of George Cobb, Arnold Palmer, Bob Cupp, Jerry Pate and Earl Stone, with the latter two creating some of the top ranked tracts in the state. There are plenty of not-to-be missed golf courses worth a trip off the beaten path throughout Alabama.

Four Alabama State Park locations offer 18-hole championship golf courses. They were all originally designed by Alabama’s own Earl Stone. They include The General at Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville; Eagle's Nest at Lake Guntersville State Park in Guntersville; The Oaks at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham; and The Refuge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.

Former U.S. Open Winner and University of Alabama graduate, Jerry Pate has created his own line of signature layouts throughout Alabama. They include Limestone Springs, in Oneonta, Timberline Golf Club, in Pelham, and Ol’ Colony, a part of the Tuscaloosa parks system.

The fertile valleys, rolling hillsides, and pristine lakes of North Alabama create the perfect backdrop and landscape for these golf courses. Cypress Lakes in Muscle Shoals, Point Mallard in Decatur, and Northeast of Huntsville in Scottsboro are Goose Pond Colony's two courses. Gunter's Landing in Guntersville, Cherokee Ridge in Union Grove, and TP Country Club in Cullman is a true hidden gem, designed by RTJ protégé’ Tom Jackson.

The largest city in the state offers a variety of exciting golf clubs. Ballantrae Golf Club, south of Birmingham, FarmLinks at Pursell Farms, located in Sylacauga, was the world’s first "research & demonstration" golf course. Twin Bridges in Gadsden and Stillwaters Golf Club in Dadeville, boasts finely manicured greens and rolling fairways.


Alabama Road Trips

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Go for a Drive on the RTJ Golf Trail

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Alabama’s Gulf Coast: Fresh Catch and Fairways

Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a destination that combines rest and relaxation with some of the best golfing and fishing around.

Alabama Road Trip No. 57

Old Mill Towns of Alabama: Valley, Lanett and Beyond

Get ready to travel to the sites of several old mill towns, visit a Civil War fort that straddles the Alabama/Georgia line, explore birding sites and lakes and visit a town that honors sports hero Joe Louis, World Boxing Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949.