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Peninsula Golf Club, Gulf Shores
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, Auburn-Opelika
Alabama is surely one of the most exciting golf destinations in the southeast. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, which meanders throughout the state, celebrated 25 years of operation last year; Gulf Shores, with its many signature designs, has become the new golfing hotspot; and most exciting is that the state will host the U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek in 2018.
Golf course designers have taken advantage of all that North Alabama has to offer from fertile valleys to lush, rolling hillsides. In the northwest corner of the state is one of the newest locales along the RTJ Golf Trail. The Shoals golf site features two championship courses, the Fighting Joe course and the Schoolmaster course.
Hampton Cove in Huntsville is another Trail site in the extreme northern corner of the state. Two totally different experiences await at Hampton Cove. The Highlands is a Scottish-links style course and the River Course has the distinction of being the world’s only Jones design without a bunker.
Northeast of Huntsville is one of the more popular settings for golf at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro. Located on the banks of Lake Guntersville, this laid-back resort features two 18-hole championship golf courses, cozy lakeside cottages, a lodge, restaurant, and marina.
About an hour northeast of Birmingham, near
Gadsden, lies the RTJ Golf Trail at Silver Lakes. The site is made up of three really tough 9-hole courses, suitably named Mindbreaker, Backbreaker and Heartbreaker.
Central Alabama offers a multitude of challenging and fun golf courses for your pleasure. Golf Digest named the Auburn-Opelika area the “Most Golfer-Friendly” city in America in its biennial survey of Metro Golf rankings. The two cities are home to several first rate courses, including Auburn Links and the Trail’s Grand National with 54 holes of award-winning golf. Its two championship courses, The Links and The Lake, were named 2nd and 4th Best New Public Courses in the Nation, respectively, by Golf Digest when they opened. The lodging options vary from convenient limited service hotels to a luxurious downtown hotel and an on-site RTJ Trail resort.
Alabama’s Gulf Coast is one of the most exciting golf destinations in the country. Mobile’s premier golfing facility is the RTJGolf Trail at Magnolia Grove. The Crossings is very hilly, featuring numerous pulpit bunkers, huge cloverleaf bunkers, and undulating greens that still demand extreme caution. The Falls course features one of the most talked about holes on the entire Trail, the par-five, 570-yard 10th, featuring a waterfall that cascades below the green. Marriott’s Grand Hotel and

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