The Links at Grand National Golf Course

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4.6
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
95.8%
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41 out of 46 reviews
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4.3
Value
4.8
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5.0
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.8
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4 out of 4 reviews
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4.3
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5.0
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.8
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4.8
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7311
Slope 142
Rating 75.2
Type Public
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The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Purple 72 7311 yards 75.2 142
Orange 72 6574 yards 71.5 127
Orange (W) 72 6574 yards 78.1 143
White 72 6015 yards 69.1 123
White (W) 72 6015 yards 74.7 138
Teal 72 4843 yards 63.7 110
Teal (W) 72 4843 yards 68.4 112
Scorecard for The Links
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Purple M: 75.2/142 423 556 206 425 456 544 472 345 204 3631 363 260 575 418 467 516 181 429 471 3680 7311
Orange M: 72.3/129 396 509 182 409 375 499 446 319 170 3305 326 195 500 378 422 467 152 402 427 3269 6574
White M: 69.1/123 366 470 165 384 342 460 409 299 133 3028 326 151 493 343 372 451 118 368 402 3024 6052
Teal M: 63.7/110 W: 68.4/112 313 385 110 262 275 412 318 234 119 2428 242 69 426 272 338 362 93 312 301 2415 4843
Handicap 7 5 15 9 11 3 1 13 17 16 8 4 12 6 10 18 14 2
Par 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 4 3 36 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1993
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1993) Roger Rulewich (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $20
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

4.6
46

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 8
Bunkers 7
Elevation Changes 7
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 7
Advanced Golfers 6
Group Getaways 6
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 6
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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

What a tresure

What a perfect use of the land to sculpt this jewel conditions were perfect greens were smooth and fast played for 40$ after 3pm a deal that can not be beat can't wait to try some other courses on the rtj trail

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

A lot of fun for your money

I love RTJ short courses. There is no better place to work on you iron and short game. The one at Grand National in Auburn is in great condition. They have done a lot of recent work removing trees to allow the course to breathe. This has helped tremendously and not taken away from the course at all. The staff here is always great. If you have the opportunity the RTJ trail is quality golf for a fair price.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Georgia Advisor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Awesome Course with very challenging greens

The course overall was in great shape. Over the prior few days the area has received a lot of rain so everything was wet and soggy and cart path only.

The course has amazing views and every hole looks beautiful from the tee boxes.

I had a great time playing the lake course even though it was cart path only and I had to walk a ton to get to my ball and had to carry 4 or 5 clubs with me because there are VERY FEW yardage markers on the course. Such a nice course in great condition should have GPS on the carts along with helpful tips and hints for each hole. Many holes you do NOT want to hit driver from the tee, but never having played the course before today, I did not know that and lost several balls as I thought I ht a good tee shot only to lose my ball in water or some other hazard which is not visible from the tee box.

I would highly recommend people playing the course for the first time (like myself), to purchase one of the yardage books in the pro shop. It would have been a real stroke saver!!

All the greens are multi level greens. The fairway bunkers come into play on almost every hole. Very challenging, but fair course with beautiful views. Great value for the level of course you get for the price you pay.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Georgia Advisor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Great Courrse - Very Challenging (Very Wet from lots of rain)

The course is called the links course, but there is very little linksy about the course. No wind at all. No pot bunkers. The only things links about the course are the humps mounds and uneven fairways on a few holes.

There is a lot of elevation changes around the course. There are lots of fairway bunkers and large bunkers all around the holes (again, no run-up area in front of the greens like links courses typically have. Almost all the greens are elevated. If you are short or long on your approach shots, be prepared for some challenging chips back up to the elevated greens.

The course is really in great shape. Overnight the course received a ton of rain so the course was cart path only and VERY humid and hot. One drawback about the course is that several of the tee boxes are aprox 50 yards or more away from the cart path.

The carts nor the restaurant have a cooler in order to keep water and drinks cold and we only saw a beverage cart one time during the entire 18 holes. It was HOT, Humid and in need of water.

Tee boxes, fairways, bunkers and greens were nice and well conditions. The greens have TONS of slopes, undulations and tier levels. Make sure you are aware of the pin position on the green or you will be fighting the three putts all day long.

The course is beautiful with almost every hole a beautiful view and layout. The conditions (other than being very wet from the rain the night before) the course was in AWESOME condition.

The 18th hole is a beautiful, tough and challenging finishing hole. The approach is all carry over water and rocks to a very large, challenging green which is comprised of five distinct tiers.

Tip: Buy a yardage guide in the pro shop. There are many blind approaches and hazards that require extreme accuracy to carry/avoid and you will be glad you have some real numbers to work with since there are no sprinklers with yardage markers and the carts do not have a GPS to give your a reference. Almost every tee shot is a blind shot where you can not see the green from the tee boxes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome course!

Loved the course! Had a great time with my son! Staff and Marshall very helpful. The only drawback is the course needs either GPS on the carts or better fairway markers. Hard to tell the distance. But this is a must play course!

Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Greens aerated a week ago

Greens were one week post aeration. Not ideal, but better than I expected for that time frame. Just a little hairy and still some sand. Front nine was worse than the front.

Tremendous layout. Great blend of dogleg-left and right holes. Holes 1 and 16 - both short par 4s - are among my favorite on the Trail. Water is in play on 10 of the 18 holes, including every par 3. Good iron play is required to get the ball on the proper level of the green, as most are multi-level complexes. Otherwise, you will be dodging three-putts all day.

Bunkers are in better shape than other RTJ facilities. That may be a result of the PGA Tour event - The Barbasol Championship - played one month ago. If you go play here after watching the tournament on TV, beware that although holes 9 and 18 remain the same, the nines are flipped.

I would not recommend walking this course as the nines are extremely spread out.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course/Poor Staff

Course was beautiful and conditions where good. Greens slow but in the Bermuda summer transition. Staff was very unfriendly in the pro shop. Starter was just going through the motions and not helpful for directions to range. No Amenities. No tees, no ice chests and no towels in carts. For a place with this name very disappointed and cheap feeling. Will definitely look for other options when I am back in the area!!

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Sweet

Great views, great greens, $3 miller lites Doesn't get any better. Solid layout. Fun to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great green complexes, but....

Needs hybrid tee rating for purple/orange for a choice between 7200 yds and 6400 yds.

Green complexes great with 2 or 3 distinct areas.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Beware seen/unseen hazards off tee

This review is for the Links course, though I still scratch my head as to why they named it that. There is nothing even remotely linksy about it, so don't be disappointed if you arrive and are expecting windswept, treeless fairways full of hillocks and hummocks! That said, this is a first-class companion course to the Lake, which hosts the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship in July. Both courses are ranked in Golfweek's top 10 public courses in Alabama. Expect a lot of elevation change. This is one of the few Trail courses that I use a wide variety of clubs off the tees of the four- and five-pars. Today I counted 8 drivers, two 3-Woods, two 4-irons and two 5-irons. That spells good variety and some large fairway bunkers to navigate off the tee. The course has really come in with our recent weather and is in great shape. Fairways were nice and cushiony. The Lake has TifEagle Bermuda greens. The Links employs Bent and they were fantastic. The extreme summer heat has not set in yet and they were mown perfectly and provided really good consistency throughout. Bunkers have a little more sand in them than you may be used to, but played fairly. Greens are very large, so spend a little extra time on the practice green lagging putts. If you've read any of my other reviews on a Trail courses, you will note that I love some of the unique natural things that are incorporated into many of the courses across the state. Hampton Cove has the mule barn. Magnolia Crossings has the covered bridge. Ross Bridge has the stone watermill. After teeing off on the par-3 16th of the Links course, look for the chimney to the right of the cart path as you drive toward the green. It is all that is left of an early homeplace. The 427-yard par-4 18th hole is one of the toughest finishing holes on the Trail, and much more difficult than its counterpart on the Lake. It is truly a shame that this hole can't be used in the tournament. There is a generous landing area in the fairway, but you must contend with a large fairway bunker that creeps in from the right. The left side is guarded by trees - and should you overcook a tee ball, water. The approach is all carry over water and rocks to a green that resembles a dragon's tail. The green runs more than 100 yards horizontally and is comprised of five distinct tiers. Second shots will range anywhere from 150-200 yards for most players, so it is a daunting shot. And while long is dry, balls will feed down into a sunken grassy collection area making for tricky up-and-downs. Tip: Buy a yardage guide in the pro shop. There are many blind approaches and hazards that require extreme accuracy to carry/avoid and you will be glad you have some real numbers to work with, especially on the par 5s. Bottom line: The Lake is more fun, but the Links is a tougher track. I'm not sure if I'd put the

Links in Alabama's Top 10 public rankings as Golfweek did, but it is in the discussion.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Texas Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

a great top on your RTJ trail adventure

the lake course at grand national is a fun course! it was the first stop on a recent trip to 5 alabama courses (4 rtj, 1 not). the only previous RTJ course i'd played was magnolia grove, and this course was a step above.

there is great variety on the holes. the large number of fairway bunkers create very strategic tee shots. it's definitely not a bang and driver and go find it kind of course... which i really appreciate.

there are a few blind tee shots and it's really helpful to have some course knowledge... for example, on 6 the water is very reachable and you have to stay short of the bunker.

overall, it's a fantastic course situated around a lake. the last half of the back 9 is all along the lake and it's quite scenic. the price was super reasonable and the staff was very friendly. this is definitely a worthy stop on your trail journey, but it was probably my least favorite course of the 4 we played this time (and that's saying a lot).

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing

Good course but didn't live up to expectations

After years of reading about the RTJ Trail, I was eagerly looking forward to my first visit. In fairness, I have to say I've never been a great fan of RTJ courses, for some reason they don't seem to fit my game, but the continuous rave reviews convinced me to give them a try.

The par 3 third is the signature hole in my mind. Very few other holes have retained even faintly in my memory.

Bag drop staff, Snack bar staff and food was great.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Beautiful

Absolutely beautiful course! Very reasonably priced and staff was fantastic!

Thank you for such a great experience!!!!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course

Played in afternoon in mid March, they put me with three other guys. Play was slow, but conditions were great. Layout was very challenging. I'd play again for sure.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Georgia Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Best course on RTJ golf trail

I played here in a four ball tournament and man, what a golf course. First of all the PGA tour holds the Barbusol championship here every year. The course was in fantastic shape and the clubhouse was huge and spacious. The food was also good and the guy at front desk was attentive.

The practice facilities were good and liked the putting green. And enjoyed the fact there where no mats on the range and only hit of grass. The course itself was great and loved 15,and 17 two great par 3's. I liked all the par 3's and the holes on lake sugarhatchee are great. The bridge from 9 to 10 is massive and can be a distraction on 17.

Overall the course was great and the whole expierence is hard to soak up!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played

Dormant

Played here many times, and it is an excellent course. My review today is based simply on today's experience. We've had a very dry fall and the course was a little fatigued from it. That combined with the dormant rough and fairways didn't allow the course to shine like it normally does, but that didn't detract too much. The stars of the Lake Course are the greens and routing. These greens, like all on the a Trail, are large, so hitting them in regulation doesn't mean much unless you are on the right level or finger. Just tee it up on No. 1 being prepared to 3-putt at least once during the round. And if you do it once, you'll probably do it a minimum of three times. The greens are grainy Bermuda so pay attention to the cut of the holes. Downgrain putts were lightening quick despite being a tad hairier than normal. The routing of the back nine around the lake stands out, although the front nine may be the better side in my opinion. The first hole is one of the most memorable openers I've ever played. It requires a 180-200-yard tee shot to fit it into the bowl between the start of the fairway and the large bunker that dissects the fairway. Playing to the right of the bunker with more club is an option, but will actually result in a longer second shot to a double green guarded by a pond. One thing you will notice fairly early is that fairway bunkers really squeeze you off the tee. Nos. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14 and 18 require precise tee shots to avoid the sand. Finally, the drought I mentioned earlier rendered several holes visually less intimidating. The par-3 third and 15th are simply different holes with the water receded. Likewise, the par-4 second and 16th lacked their usual teeth without the watery graves looming.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great golf and better views

The Lakes course was in great shape! The staff was very helpful with pairing me with some better players. We were allowed to play from the tips without slowing down the groups behind us. The course has some amazing views and I had plenty of time to relax and enjoy them. Overall I had a great experience and will be telling all my friends that this is a must play. Not he only recommendation I would make for people playing the course for the first time, buy one of the yardage books for $8 in the pro shop. It was a stroke saver!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Great Experience

Overall the course is beautiful and in great shape. The par 3 course was a fun challenge and I look forward to going back to play the regulation courses. Range was nice too. Student discount a plus.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful but challenging.

The course is in great condition but one of the most challenging courses around. The greens were super fast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

This place is great

A superb course in design and playability. Well maintained and ready for the Barbasol Open in July 2015. I can't believe how many whiny people there are in golf these days. Driving range is closed for 2 hours. Slow play when I booked my tee time at 1:30. Call the whambulance. The RTJ Golf Trail is the best value in golf in the USA.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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