Capitol Hill Golf Club - Judge Course

4.5512941176 4.6 stars from 5 (48)
  • 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

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 48 Reviews
5 stars:
31
4 stars:
16
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

46 out of 47 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

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

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"One of the Best"


Dlbrow's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I am a 14.5 index and drive the ball 220-230. At my home course (white tees, 6000 yards, 126 slope) I am able to play in 3.5 to 4 hours with similarly level golfers. The Judge is a great golf course. Holes are diverse, gorgeous, with lots of wildlife to see. The greens are large typical Jones and tough to navigate. It was impossible to complete the course in 4 hours and 20 minutes for a golfer of my level and enjoy the intricacies of the course especially the greens. The staff pushed the time requirements and I understand the need not to hold up the course. I just hope I can find a time to come back when a 5 hour round is allowed so I can actually play the course rather than hack a ball around. Once again course is great in all aspects.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000001206710's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"A must play on the RTJ trail."


Zackary89's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have had the pleasure on playing several RTJ courses. This is by far the best I have played. The course is visually beautiful. You will catch yourself just taking in the natural beauty as well as the course lay out. The stafcwasxextremely helpful from the parking lot trolley driver to the starter. He green fee is pricey but in this case you get what you pay for. The course is challenging from any set of tees, but not if you follow this simple rule” play to the 150 yrd marker it sets the course up easier. The greens were fast 10-10.5 on the stempand it’s hard to find a level lie. A lot of undulation so bring your A game.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awesome"


Amariana6's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a beautiful course. Challenging holes and beautiful conditions. No complaints about except this. - we don’t drink alcohol while playing. Why can’t you have coffee on your “carts”? I know alcohol sells - what about those of us who don’t?


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great layout and condition"


mschonk's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Went early and had nobody else out there and what a treat this course is. Greens were fast but not crazy, however VERY undulated and for me the greatest defense on the course. Definitely worth playing and will not regret. Staff were all super friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Vote Yea for Senator"


Tracey4664391's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful day in Prattville, Alabama. We began our round about noontime.

Course in awesome shape! A ball in the rough is lost, no reason to search, so staying in fairway is crucial. Greens were incredibly fast, and rolled true. Not used to Bermuda grass so that posed some problems in rough around greens.

Have played Legislator, and that had way more trees and water. The Senator was way more open, though lots of bunkers. Sand in great shape so that made getting out easier.

Played White tees this time, may tee it forward to teal tees next time.

Will definitely play this course again. Voting yea for Senator!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



rene46g's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent Test"


u000004933203's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

A bit pricier than the other courses at Capital Hill and probably not worth the extra $20 a round, but an enjoyable layout in very good condition. Greens were lightning fast, and tough to read. Staff was friendly and helpful. Despite the cost, would not miss this one on the Trail.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Extremely enjoyable."


sckotto63's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Beautiful course! The prettiest course i have ever played! A pure joy to play


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


"Amazing"


u8647076's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First off, you’re greeted by friendly staff even before you get to the clubhouse which sets the foundation for the rest of the day. The driving range makes you want to practice because it’s so nice. The Judge, well, it’s a hard but a rewarding course. The views alone put a smile on your face, and the upkeep of the fairways and greens were perfect.


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


"Nice course but lots of construction."


sandd105's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course, challenging to say the least, under construction so a little distracting for the price.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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
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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




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