Capitol Hill Golf Club - Judge Course

4.4983823529 4.5 stars from 5 (36)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7813 yards
  • Slope: 147
  • Rating: 78.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7813 yards 78.5 147
Purple 72 7082 yards 75.1 142
Orange 72 6517 yards 71.7 131
White (W) 72 5910 yards 74.4 137
White 72 5910 yards 68.7 128
Teal (W) 72 4951 yards 68.4 123
Teal 72 4951 yards 64.7 115

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 36 Reviews
5 stars:
22
4 stars:
13
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

34 out of 35 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens  

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Tradrwso's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course to play"


u000005735189's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved every hole , one of three RTJ `S I HAVE PLAY GREAT!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


u062644752's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Play at this golf course every time I'm vacationing in the Selma, AL area. Trent Jones courses are always in my opinion well maintained.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Very Nice Layout and Great Conditions"


trozmus12's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

This is a very good course with many challenging holes. Great overall condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



normanstewart's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There were some blind shots into the green but if you scouted a bit it was okay. You had to be precise off the tee to avoid the fescue but the fairways were wide enough to hit.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


u000006466905's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a great golfing experience! Awesome course in great shape. The views are unbelievable. The Senator course is a great links layout. The only difficult thing for me was not enough signs on the course. The pictures of each holes layout on the scorecard was not very detailed. From the tee, you could not determine where the dogleg of each hole began to know where to aim your tee shot. Other than that, I highly recommend this course to everyone who gets a chance to play it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"a links experience on RTJ trail"


toothysaw2's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

i think 4 stars is a little high, but 3 is a little low. this was the 2nd RTJ course out of 4 we played on a recent trip. it ended up being my third favorite, but it's still a very good course.

it was in great shape from tee to green. there is a great variety of holes, and lots of strategy comes into play. you MUST drive the ball well. there are grassy dunes lining nearly every hole, and any ball that finds them is as good as gone. there are also several fairway bunkers to navigate as you make your way around.

the biggest downside of this course is probably its linksy nature. there are no trees on the course, and the dune-lined holes start to look a little similar after a while. it's not a deal breaker, but i've played links style courses with more interesting terrain (chambers bay, tetherow).

the course is great, but i do feel i should point out that the pace of play police are out in full force. to an annoying degree. we teed off at 8:20am, there were 2 groups behind us and then a tournament. there was a twosome in front of us. obviously we couldn't keep up with a twosome, and the foursome behind us was a little off our pace. still we were warned several times to speed up. in fact after being thanked by one marshal on 10 tee for getting back on pace, another marshal got on us coming off 10 green for being too slow, even though the group behind us wasn't even on the tee.

final note: #17 was the hardest hole of the whole trip. wow. good luck!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Favorable verdict"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I wasn't sure how I felt about The Judge the first time I played. Now with a handful of loops on this formidable track, however, I find myself enjoying it more and more with each time I visit. Know this going in: The Judge is a brute. At 7,813 yards from the tips, this course plays extremely long, since there is little to no elevation change once you've struck your initial tee shot. Herein lies maybe my only criticism of the course: there is too wide a gap between the lower end boxes. I prefer to play about 6,200 yards if possible. I'm comfortable with 6,500 if necessary. But the teal tees offer 4,951 yards, while the whites play 5,910. The next set, the orange, comes in at 6,517. Other than that I find little to needle this course about. What is remarkable about The Judge is that if you take the time to look around between shots, you will think you are in Louisiana, not central Alabama. Swampland encroach on many holes and the Spanish moss dripping out of the trees make for excellent scenic value. The first and 18th hole rivals any opening and closing combination on the Trail. The opening tee shot will descend roughly 200 feet to a fairway that appears much more claustrophobic than it really is. Take a moment to notice the Montgomery skyline in the distance. The pins were tucked today, making for some very hard pars. There is a good deal of undulation on these green complexes and negotiating putting into the grain across a ridge then downgrain to the hole is a skill that will serve you extremely well here. The fairways are ample, but a solid tee game will also lead to a good score. Outside of the first one, the par 3s really stand out as well. No. 6 plays to a large island green. No. 12 is also all carry across a water hazard to a bulkheaded green. And No. 16 asks you to again carry a water hazard to a green heavily guarded by bunkers. The par-4 closing hole, while short at 321 yards from the orange tees, provides as dramatic a closing approach as the first hole did with the initial strike. A lovely waterfall cascades down the right side of the green and flows across the front at the bottom of the elevated green. Don't be fooled though. Just because you will likely have a wedge in your hand for your approach, if the pin is in the middle or front, balls will spin off the front and leave a rather dastardly pitch back up the hill. My son even putted his ball off the green from well above the hole. Capitol Hill is a wonderful facility with a top-notch circular range, several chipping/pitching/ areas and several large putting greens. The ride up the wooden cart bridge from the 18th green back to the clubhouse, which looks like a ride at Six Flags, is something you don't see very often. Bottom line: The Judge is the crown jewel of the three 18-hole courses at Capitol Hill, and among the top 5 tests on the Trail.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Happy Customer"


smarshall00's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course conditions. Loved the first hole - very picturesque. Pace was great - nobody in front or behind us at 9:40am tee time. Practice facilities are above average.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Senator not my fav"


Jallen62's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

The Good- staff was phenomenal ! Course was in GREAT shape- Pace of play was good.

The "not so good"- completely forgettable course except for one of the worst holes I have ever seen (#17-Par 5.)Every hole looked eerily similar...Huge mounds lining both sides of fairways and monstrous green s that only lacked a Clowns Mouth and windmill. I was hugely disappointed as I was expecting to be wowed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Capitol Hill is a premium golf complex"


stevekap1's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Capitol Hill is a well run golf complex all 3 courses are different and are must plays. The staff provides excellent customer service from the time you arrive at the course until you leave. If you play two days in a row course will store your clubs and have your cart loaded and ready to go when you arrive the next day. We had a 3 hour rain delay the restaurant was ready for the extra traffic, pro shop staff kept us posted on projected restart time. Our 2nd rd was rained out and we had no problems rescheduling. All courses are busy and the marshals do a good job of politely encouraging groups to keep the pace of play moving. Overall pace was good.

Legislature:

Course was in great shape it rained 2-3 inches the night before we played CP only but course was dryer than anticipated. Legislature has elevated tees and greens and rolling fairways, fairway bunkers are well placed. Back nine played more difficult than front. A great course.

The Judge:

The Judge winds through the Alabama River bottoms and it comes into play on several holes. Par 5's are long and difficult, Par 3's require shots over water. A good variety on Par 4s some tee shots have forced carry. The Judge was a little wet do to heavy amount of rain received in the area course is difficult but playable. Our group moved up one tee box from our normal yardage as course does play long. Condition was excellent shape greens rolled true.

The Senator:

The Senator was the easiest course of the 3 and the most fun to play. The links style course with most fairways framed by large mounds makes for some crazy bounces. Shots hit into heavy grass on mounds can be hard to find. The slopes and mounds can be used to your advantage. The Par 5 17 with forced carry over water on tee shot and 2nd shot was one of the best holes on the complex. Course conditions were excellent. I highly recommend a trip to Capitol Hill


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"best course in Alabama bar none!!"


adubose23's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

love this course!! favorite course in Alabama by far, very challenging though. Not for beginners. beautiful scenery along the Alabama River.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Judge & The Senator"


GaryClarkson1's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

Great facility and great golf courses. The Judge is significantly more difficult than the Senator which plays like a links course and a bit more forgiving off the tee. Recommend playing them both.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"The Judge"


grein68237's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Be ready! First hike 200 feet elevation with water down right and trees and marsh on left. Small green and very fast. That was probably one of the easier holes. Absolutely beautiful course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"AWESOME EXPERIENCE"


Jallen62's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the minute I pulled into the parking lot until my clubs were loaded into my car, this was a GRADE A PLUS EXPERIENCE!!!!!!! Golf course was beautiful, challenging and in near perfect condition. Greens were great and rolled with some surprising speed. One word of caution...very tough course to play when it's cart on paths especially for a middle aged chubby salesman :). Staff went over and beyond all day and were exceptionally friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


u000001631159's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The judge is a very challenging and beautiful course. 14 hole have water -- coming into play at least 10 times. Island par 3 and two other par three's over water. Fairways and sand traps were in great shape. Only thin marginal were the greens, possibly because they were recently sanded and watered -- but one green had some real health problems. The greens are large with a lot of undulation. Overall -- the course is very good -- would love to play it again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The views are awesome"


rsmith516's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I play golf in Pensacola,Florida most of the terrain is flat, when arriving to the course and noticing all the different elevations on the course especially the 1st tee elevated at 200 feet was absolutely awesome .Hitting to elevated greens especially "chipping" proved to be a challenge but was a fun and different challenge I would with out any hesitation recommend playing this course .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"this course has excellent practice facilities"


sidaustin's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

good course for your bunker play and fairway positioning


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Two diffent courses in one"


lewmonty's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was a much more difficult because of my knowledge of the course. Many of the tee shot and approach shots are blind or are not clear. The back presented a must tougher challenge in that the hole were tighter and had several elevation changes adding to the difficulty. Greens were slower than expected, but was told that at the bag drop.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The Judge - Beautiful Course; Challenging Greens"


lmpucc's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is beautiful and in good condition. The greens are challenging and most are multi-tiered with considerable slope. You do not want to be above the hole or two putts are going to be difficult.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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