Backbreaker/Mindbreaker at Silver Lakes

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4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.4
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5.0
Value
4.5
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5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
100.0%
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2 out of 2 reviews
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4.4
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4.6
Value
4.3
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4.7
Pace
4.9
Amenities
4.4
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4.8
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7450
Slope 147
Rating 76.2
Type Public
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The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7450 yards 76.2 147
Purple 72 6976 yards 74.5 143
Orange 72 6397 yards 71.8 137
White (W) 72 5977 yards 76.3 149
White 72 5977 yards 69.4 131
Silver 72 5421 yards 67.0 126
Silver (W) 72 5421 yards 73.1 142
Teal (W) 72 4686 yards 68.8 122
Teal 72 4686 yards 64.1 109
Scorecard for Backbreaker / Mindbreaker
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 76.2/147 455 206 455 458 231 401 623 445 534 3808 546 226 408 207 556 434 420 454 391 3642 7450
Purple M: 74.5/143 426 159 425 458 194 371 578 399 534 3544 546 177 361 189 531 408 406 423 391 3432 6976
Orange M: 71.8/137 406 143 399 400 167 346 496 342 499 3198 505 165 345 180 515 389 362 387 351 3199 6397
White M: 69.5/132 W: 76.3/149 360 132 350 355 129 346 471 342 482 2967 475 157 345 169 492 370 320 358 324 3010 5977
Silver M: 67.0/126 W: 73.1/142 346 109 307 343 120 320 451 313 431 2740 403 117 329 132 470 345 303 317 265 2681 5421
Teal M: 64.1/109 W: 68.8/122 293 92 294 292 99 212 369 287 431 2369 344 96 296 123 376 279 280 317 206 2317 4686
Handicap 8 16 4 6 14 12 10 2 18 9 13 3 11 17 1 15 5 7
Par 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 36 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 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
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper attire is required.

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Reviews

4.4
21
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5.0
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First Time Playing

Beautiful course

Reasonable greens feed. I thought the club rental rate was to high ($47.00)

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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
Perfect weather
Used cart

Silver Lakes is in top form

I’ve been playing here for years and I have never seen the course in better condition.

Everything is green. Fairways are lush. Greens are perfect. Fast as they’ve ever been rolling. You can see why this place was used for U.S. Open sectional qualifying.

This continues to be a best value on the RTJ Trail. As a Trail Card holder, the special Silver Lakes is currently running got me 18 holes and a cart, range token and a sleeve of Pro V1Xs. If you can beat that for exceptional value On a course of this caliber then I’d like to hear it.

Extremely challenging but fair.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Very Challenging Course!

This course kicked my butt. Most holes are uphill. Par 3's are par-able. Don't get me wrong, it's a lot of fun, but it's a very hard course for a person with less than a year of golf-playing under my belt. Most holes are wide open, especially going out and coming in.

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

RTJ Silver Lakes Backbreaker and Heartbreaker

Excellent layout. Seems every par four had an elevated green. Area had received a lot of rain so Course was a little wet. Greens had sand spread on them but they putted great. A lot of the greens have at least two rises running the entire width.

Would love to play this course during the late spring or summer.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Course is weathering well despite poor weather

A harsh winter comprised of colder-than-normal temps and a seemingly daily precipitous forecast has hampered golf and the maintenance of golf courses in this area. Yet, Silver Lakes has navigated it better than most.

Despite overseeded fairways, the lies are still a bit thin. We need some warmer weather and they will come in quickly.

The greens were a bit slower than normal (they had just been top-dressed and verti-cut), but still putted extremely well.

Bunkers were in excellent shape.

Silver Lakes was recently named a 2018 U.S. Open qualifying site (as it was in 2017).

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Play here if you want a taste of Tour greens

The greens are as pure as ever. Say it every time, but they are the best I've played in the state. Fairways have been overseeded, which makes for excellent lies and good optics off the tee.

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

Memory lane

Had been 17 rears since I’d visited Silver Lakes. While the greens had changed and the trees were gone it’s just as I remembered it, fun, challenging and beautiful! Staff is great and it won’t be that long between visits next time. A must is to challenge the par 3 course. If you think it’s gonna be a walk in the park you’d better think again. Great day of golf

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

RTJ - yep elevated greens are his trademark!

Greens are fast - yardage may seem short but go up a club to hit the green. The RTJ trail is a must play for any golf enthusiast!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
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

Fastest greens in the state

This review is for the Backbreaker/Heartbreaker nines. Been a while since I've visited, but found a familiar foe.

If there is a course with faster greens in the state of Alabama I want to see them. Silver Lakes' greens are as quick as I ever remember them and they roll so true. Downgrain, downhill putts are delicate. Coming over spines or ridges in greens take a great deal of skill. You will 3-putt!

The course was extremely wet, due to recent heavy rain and overseeding taking place. So, little roll off the tee box. That combined with the recent addition of a sixth set of tees made the course play a great deal longer than in the past. The black tees (tips) measure 7,622 yards. The purple tees play 7,014. The orange tees (regular men's tees with a suggested handicap of 6-12) play 6,533. The white tees measure 6,034. They have added a silver set of tees for seniors, which play to 5,540. The rub, however, is that tee placement has shifted to different boxes with the addition of the silver tees. I noticed about a two-club up difference on most of the holes. That is significant, given the wet conditions and remarkable elevation change. It felt like the course played ~6,800 yards, which is a lot of golf course for me. Play the correct tees or you are in for a long day.

Given the length, difficulty of the green complexes and forced carries, this is probably not a good spot for high handicappers. Better players, however, will appreciate this golf course. As I have said in previous reviews, this is a Trail stop that often gets bypassed for some of the other more popular stops, but is the hardest course on the Trail in my opinion.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Too hard to enjoy

The main difficulty was that every green was elevated with a trap or water in the front of the green. This made for 'target' golf which was not enjoyable. Course was extremely wet, and playing cart path only just wore me out. Just not an enjoyable course for me to play.

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

Great Time...

Me and my wife enjoyed a round of golf during the evening timeframe and it was superb. Course was in great shape and we're barely into the spring so I can only imagine how much better it will be come summertime. Will be returning in the near future.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Enjoyed

We started our RTJ Trail adventure here at Silver Lake. Other than the weather being a bit cold (and a little drizzle), we thoroughly enjoyed it. As is always the case, the first time you play a course, you need to learn the little details. The greens are very sloping...not many flat spots, but rolled consistent and true. Took some getting used to. Also, if you happen to "just miss" a green, chances are you will be rolling down a collection area another 30'. Will definitely be back for another shot at this BEAUTIFUL course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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
Windy weather
Used cart

Tour caliber greens at Silver Lakes

Played Mindbreaker/Heartbreaker routing today in some stiff 20 mph, flagstick-bowing wind. Course is in great shape despite torrential rain and storms we had this week. Only one fairway, Mindbreaker No. 6 - which is perpetually damp, was noticbly soggy. The greens were on point and rolling quick. Still the best greens on the Trail and are PGA Tour caliber. The course is really greening up and looks fantastic. The clearing of brushy waste areas is much appreciated as it creates a little more playability from several parts of the course that were previously unplayable if you were fortunate enough to find your ball.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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
Perfect weather
Used cart

Trail's best-kept secret

This 27-hole championship layout, plus short course, in northeast Alabama is regrettably often overlooked by out-of-towers compiling an itenerary of RTJ Trail courses. Locals, however, know it is among the Trail's best-kept secrets. The primary reason? The greens. The TifEagle Bermuda are ideal for the Deep South climate. They are grainy, but they are as fast and true as any on the Trail. In fact, I've played in all four corners of the country and the only greens that I remember being quicker were TPC Southwind's a week after the FedEx/St. Jude Classic. A tornado ravaged the course a decade or so ago, wiping out many of the trees that dotted the course. Still, I wouldn't call it a linksy course. That term is often used to mislabel exposed courses. The Heartbreaker nine, in my opinion the best of the three, rests mostly on the crown of a hill, so while there aren't many trees, drastic elevation change and uneven lies protect par. The par-5 seventh and par-4 ninth anchor this side. From the seventh's elevated tee, players must fit anything from a long iron to a driver between a pond and several large fairway bunkers. The second shot plays to a bowl collection area over the hazard that is guarded by bunkers, and finally to an elevated, wind-exposed green. It is truly a spectacular hole. The ninth is a poor man's shorter version of the 18th at Sawgrass. It is a great finishing hole in its own right, particularly on windy days. The Mindbreaker loop is the hardest nine. It features even more elevation change than the Heartbreaker nine, but plays mostly through scrub pines. If the pin is in the back right of the green on the par-5 opener, it is one of the toughest approach shots you'll ever play. A bunker guards the front of that portion of the green and long and right carries deep into a swale. A spine dissects the middle of the green from the back right portion, making even well-struck shots difficult to hold the green. Par is a great score there. Mindbreaker's eighth is another excellent hole. The green is shaped like a three-leaf clover facing northeast. It is pitched severely from back to front and guarded by a creek. There are three very distinct pin locations and if it is perched on the left it will appear that there is not enough green to land a shot there. Use the slop to feed the ball from the middle. The Backbreaker nine is kind of combination of the other nines - mostly exposed holes, with a few dips into the trees. This loop is accented by severe uphill approaches. Club selection is key on this nine, as it is on all Trail courses. Remember, RTJ designed these courses with this in mind: "Hard par, easy bogey." Jason and his staff provide the best hospitality I've encountered on the Trail. By all means, don't skip this stop on the Trail. It is rarely crowded and will really test your putter.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

RTJ- Silver Lakes

Course was in great shape and the greens were a blast. Challenging layout with some tough greens, overall a very fun course that is worth the trip. Plenty of great views with lots of elevation changes.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Everything lived up to the hype!!

We played in mid-November, and considering the time of year and the unusual weather the week we were there, everything lived up to the hype about the RTJ Trail of Golf. The staff was outstanding and professional in every interaction. The greens putted very well, but were very difficult to read. The fairways were in good condition considering the time of year and the previous weather conditions. Will try to get here a bit earlier in the Fall next time.

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

Top Knotch All facets

I have played 693 courses in 50 states/31 countries/6 continents and this is in my top 25 regardless.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

They have done a great job with this course following the tornado. It is now a links style course and was very beautiful and nice to play. The staff was great!. Would definitely play this course again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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