Alabama is a state rich with southern charm and steeped in history. Cities like Birmingham and Montgomery were crucial in the Civil Rights movement in the 1950’s and 60’s, with historical demonstrations taking place in the state led by political figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Today these cities are experiencing a revival with expansions of restaurants, shops, and cultural options becoming more and more prominent. Not to be forgotten is Alabama’s coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, here beaches offer great fishing and seafood and plenty of family fun. State parks cover acres of forest, rivers, waterfalls, and mountain terrain and make for an outdoor paradise. However, the best way to experience Alabama is on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
The RTJ Trail is a unique experience that can only be seen in Alabama and is a golf trip worth taking! The New York Times wrote it’s, “World-class golf, that's not a world away.” The project began in the late 1980’s when Dr. David Bronner had the idea to build 378 holes at eight spectacular sites throughout the entire state, all at one time! To help him tackle this project Dr. Bronner enlisted legendary architect Robert Trent Jones to build what is now known as the RTJ Trail. Present day, the trail has grown to 11 sites with 26 courses and 468 holes!! Despite the size of the project these are not "manufactured" courses and all partake of the natural topography in a way only RTJ can do. The courses on the Trail include Cambrian Ridge, Capitol Hill, Grand National, Hampton Cove, Highland Oaks, Lakewood Golf Club, Magnolia Grove, Oxmoor Valley, Ross Bridge, Silver Lakes, and The Shoals.
One course outside of the trail in Alabama that’s worth playing is the resort course at Kiva Dunes. It’s a true test of one’s golf ability and winds throughout the beautiful property which includes a private beach! Whether it’s Kiva Dunes, the RTJ Trail, or any other course in Alabama, this state is a golfer’s paradise.