By Blair Howard
Silver Lakes is a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail layout of three championship nines and a heart-stopping nine-hole par 3 course that will test even the best. Located at the edge of the Talladega National Forest near Anniston, Silver Lakes offers some of the most spectacular, scenic golf on the Trail. The brilliance of Silver Lakes is the layout of its multiple tee selections; there are as many as 12 on some holes.
The Heartbreaker nine is tough: dubbed by those who know as the most challenging nine on the Trail. The 8th, a par 3 that plays over 200 yards across water and uphill to the green is a monster; the 450 yard par 4 ninth has water the entire left side of the fairway.
The Backbreaker nine with its beautiful views of the Appalachian foothills is no less of a test. The par 5 seventh, a 623-yard monster, brings water into play not once, but twice.
The Mindbreaker nine is easier than the other two. Club selection is the key to a low score.
The Short Course is perhaps the toughest collection of par 3s I’ve ever come across. Water comes into play on seven of the nine holes, including a 12-foot waterfall beside the sixth green.
Green Fees: from $40 to $55;
Reservations: call 1-800-949-4444
From Gadsden on I-59, take the US Hwy 431 South exit and go 18 miles to Oak Grove Rd. Turn right on Oak Grove Road and go 1 mile. Turn left into the residential community and go 1 mile to clubhouse.
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Silver Lakes Golf Course
1 SunBelt Parkway
Glencoe, AL 35905