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I play at Grand National every chance I get. The courses are all 3 lovely and different from one another. The Lake course wraps around Saugahatchee in Opelika, AL. The Links is just what you'd expect.... more »
The Robert Trent Jones golf Trail at grand national has 36 holes of regulation Golf as well as an 18 hole par three. We found the courses in excellent shape with very fast and undulating greens. It ha... more »
The whole Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama is a phenomenal concept. So much golf variety throughout the state and Capitol Hill ranks in the top few. Three courses with three different personal... more »
Great public course. Have played both 18 holes and they're very enjoyable. Course seems to always be in great shape. The lodge area is great for an after round drink and lunch.
Incredible golf experience. The entire staff treats you like a tour pro. There is something special about any of the RTJ Trail sites, that you take with you when you leave. You can't wait to get back there. You'll be talking about your next trip on the way home.
I kind of wanted to keep this review to myself because there weren't a lot of people here when I visited and that added to the experience. But I've realized that was kind of selfish, and golf resorts need business to stay in business, so here goes. My wife and I had a super fun time during our visit June 27-July 1, 2017. Stayed in the Marriott Grand National, just a short drive from the clubhouse. Unfortunately the hotel and golf course don't seem to have any reciprocal relationship - no price break on greens fees for staying at the hotel, no storage of golf clubs at the course during extended visits. Minor quibble, but it would improve the overall experience if such a service could be implemented. As for the resort experience, it was five stars in my book. I'm not looking for fancy dining or accommodations, just a good steak in the restaurant or pizza at the patio bar, with some live music and relaxed atmosphere. Pool nearby, corn hole games going on, grassy area to take a stroll, even some tennis courts. We even felt part of the party when we ordered our meal to-go and sat out on our balcony which overlooked the patio bar and recreation area. But I've buried the lead here, which is that the golf itself is was separates this place from the competition. Two absolutely top shelf golf courses, in immaculate condition, at pretty reasonable prices. There was one day the Lakes course got a little crowded in the afternoon, but overall my wife and I played as a twosome at a comfortable pace, neither pushing someone in front of us nor being pushed by a group behind. And the golf itself was spectacular. The Lakes course seems to be generally considered superior - I believe as many as 12 of the 18 greens actually border Lake Saugahatchee making for impressive approach shots and green complexes. But the Links course has by far the most impressive finishing hole, a tough tee shot to an island fairway with a forced carry to an elevated green with a rock wall staring you back in the face. It's an intimidating shot, best on the course. We are from Maryland and will be back. It's a bit of a haul for us but this place has everything we like to have. Casual atmosphere, premium golf, comfortable but moderately expensive accomodations, recreation opportunities when not playing golf, pool to relax beside and patio bar for food, drink, music and conversation. It's all here. Come on down.
Im a big fan of all of the RTJ courses, and this was my first time playing Grand National. The Lakes course was really challenging, but its mind-blowing landscaping and scenery makes it worth every ball I lost. What a treat to be able to play courses like these in Alabama!
Great test of golf. Played the Lake course 2x and the Short course. Give the short course a try. 18 holes of 220-50 yard holes, depending what tee you pay from. can play up to 3200 yards. Same design as big courses. Sand, tough greens and fast putts.
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