Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is the largest golf course construction project ever attempted. In the late 1980’s, two important things were on the mind of Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama. First, how to effectively diversify the assets of the state’s pension fund; and secondly, how to help the state of Alabama. His philosophy was this: “The stronger the Retirement Systems can make Alabama, the stronger the Retirement Systems will be.”
With that in mind, and borrowing a page from the movie, Field of Dreams, Bronner decided to “build it and they will come” — not to a baseball diamond in a cornfield, but to a dazzling collection of public golf courses in the state of Alabama.
There are three of the magnificent courses located in Alabama’s Black Belt region. We invite you to come play and stay at the Marriott Capitol Hill, the Auburn-Opelika Marriott Grand National, or a local hotel near Cambrian Ridge.
Grand National, by all reports, was the single greatest site for a golf complex Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had ever seen. Built on 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee, 32 of the 54 holes drape along its filigreed shores. Both the Links course and the Lake course were in the top 10 of Golf Digest’s list of “America’s Top 50 Affordable Courses” and all three courses at Grand National are listed among the nation’s 40 Super Value courses by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play”. Grand National is the host of the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship in July.
Known by avid golfers as one of the most beautiful and most challenging stops on the Trail, Cambrian Ridge in Greenville lies just 40 miles from Montgomery. It is well worth the ride for any golfer looking for 36 holes of jaw-dropping golf. The Sherling/Canyon combination was named by Golf Digest as the 3rd best new public course in America when it opened and 13th in their list of America’s Top 50 Affordable Courses. This combination was also named byGolf Digest’s “Places to Play” as one of the nation’s 40 Super Value courses.
One of the most popular sites on the Trail, Capitol Hill continues to get praises from golfers and golf writers alike. Golf Magazine called the Judge course one of the 10 public courses in America worthy of hosting the U.S. Open, and the Zagat Survey of America’s Top Golf Courses ranked it among the top 50 in America. The Senator was named among the Top 10 New Courses in the nation by Golf Magazine and is the host course for the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Capitol Hill features three 18-hole championship courses, with more than 1,500 acres of golf and nature