Situated between the Wheeler and Wilson dams on the Tennessee River. The Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa is at the far northwestern end of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Of the two championship courses at The Shoals, the eastern layout is named after Confederate General Joseph “Fighting Joe” Wheeler.
Fighting Joe is a links-style course of 8,092 yards off the Black tees and it plays extremely long. Even so, it’s good-old, straight-forward test of golf. Two of Fighting Joe’s 18 holes border on the spectacular: the 17th hole is the designated “signature hole,” but the 18th green overlooking Wilson Lake on the Tennessee River is truly a thing of beauty – a beautiful but deadly lady.
The second course, The Schoolmaster (named for President Woodrow Wilson who was known as "The Schoolmaster of Politics"), is the second course at The Shoals. Some say it’s tougher than Fighting Joe, but I have to wonder. It’s a traditional golf inland course, tree-lined, rolling, spectacular, a true child of the Tennessee River.
Green Fees: from $40 to $55;
Reservations: call 1-800-949-4444
From Birmingham: Take I-65 to Exit 310. Take the ramp toward West Point/Moulton and head west. Go approximately 50.7 miles to County Road 48. Turn right onto County Road 48 and go 11 miles to Hunter Road. Turn left onto Hunter and follow the signs.
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The Shoals Golf Course
990 SunBelt Parkway
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661