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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
at The Shoals, Muscle Shoals/Florence
Kiva Dunes Resort, Gulf Shores
Alabama is surely one of the most exciting golf destinations in the southeast. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, which meanders throughout the entire state, has paved the way for the unique vacation concept of traveling from site to site. And the hottest golf vacation destination on the Gulf Coast, Gulf Shores, offers the traditional stay and play golfing vacation with several world class signature courses from which to choose.
Golf course designers have taken advantage of all that North Alabama has to offer as well, from fertile valleys to lush, rolling hillsides. This scenic beauty paired with the topographical challenges play a distinct role in the golf experiences here, especially at the three RTJ Golf Trail sites in the region.
In the northwest corner of the state is the RTJ Golf Trail at The Shoals, featuring two championship courses, the Fighting Joe course, the first Trail course over 8,000 yards, and the Schoolmaster course. Two totally different experiences await at the RTJ Golf Trail at Hampton Cove in Huntsville with the Highlands and the River courses. The Highlands is a Scottish-links style course and the River Course has the distinction of being the world’s only Robert Trent Jones design without a single bunker. And about an hour northeast of Birmingham, between Anniston and Gadsden, lies the RTJ Golf Trail at Silver Lakes.
The site, which is made up of three really tough 9-hole courses, suitably named Mindbreaker, Backbreaker and Heartbreaker, recently underwent several enhancements, such as new Champion Bermuda greens and wider fairways.
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 University Club 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 on-campus hotel and the Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort & Spa at Grand National, the area’s only stay and play resort. It maintains AAA Four Diamond status and was named “hotel of the year” in 2018 by Marriott International. This resort in eastern Alabama has recently added 95 guest rooms and the luxurious, 3-story spa.
On the Alabama Gulf Coast, Mobile’s premier golfing facility is the RTJGolf Trail at Magnolia Grove. The Crossings is very hilly, featuring

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