Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

May 15, 2012 by

Apparently, “if you build it, they will come” isn’t just for baseball fields in Kevin Costner movies. Inspired by that iconic line from Field of Dreams, one Alabama visionary set out to build the largest golf construction project in history to promote tourism in his state.

Called the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail after the courses’ famous designer, the Trail encompasses 468 professional-caliber golf holes at 11 courses that stretch all the way from the rolling hills of North Alabama to the wetlands of the Gulf Coast.

The Trail’s diverse courses include Cambrian Ridge, a former hunting ground where deer blinds remain high in the hardwood trees; Lakewood Golf Course, a gracious azalea-lined classic course that has hosted famous names like Gerald Ford and Bob Hope; Hampton Cove, a true Scottish links course; and Grand National, whose beautiful lakeside course was named the top public course in a 2009 Golf World readers’ survey.

The courses can be tough, even pro tough (two of the courses are on the LPGA circuit), but multiple tee locations provide some relief for golf newbies.

With green fees that start at $35 and average $50, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has been widely recognized as the best golf bargain in the nation. Several courses have adjacent Marriott or Renaissance resorts — settle in for a few games at one course, or work your way across the state and turn your golf game into a real vacation.

Photos: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

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