The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama is the brainchild of Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama. Bronner was inspired to build a series of championship golf courses, a trail that would stretch from one end of the state to the other. It was a "Field of Dreams” thing: if you build it, they will come; and they did; literally thousands of golfers have played the 10 courses in the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. There are 10 pages in this article, each with a photograph and review; to move from one page to the next, just click the buttons at the top and bottom of each page.
As far as Bronner was concerned, only one man should build his dream: Robert Trent Jones, Sr., arguably the best golf course architect of his time. Jones came out semi-retirement to undertake the huge project.
Initially there were only seven sites in the Trail: Hampton Cove in Huntsville, Oxmoor Valley in Birmingham, Silver Lakes in Anniston, Grand National in Opelika, Cambrian Ridge in Greenville, Highland Oaks in Dothan, and Magnolia Grove in Mobile. Capitol Hill, Montgomery, was added in 1999; The Shoals in Florence and Ross Bridge in Birmingham, opened in 2005. Nowhere else will you find such a test of golf on such a grand scale. Some of the courses are short; one is just 4,700 yards; the longest is over 8,100.
One RTJ Director of Golf said, "The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is an incredible golfing experience for everyone. The courses will challenge the best golfers in the world yet at the same time allow an enjoyable outing for the casual to beginning golfer."
Now the grand resorts are on board: the Marriott at Capitol Hill, Marriott at Grand National, Marriott Shoals Resort and Spa, Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort and more. Eight of the 10 RTJ courses are now served by resort hotels.
Each site is located close to an interstate highway. I-65 passes by six and all are easily accessible by road from Atlanta.
Birmingham's airport is central to all ten sites, thus they are easily reachable from cities throughout the United States.