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4.4
Value
4.6
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4.8
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.2
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5.0
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4.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7668 yards
Slope 136
Rating 77.8
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The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove
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Course Details

Year Built 1993
Greens Bermuda Grass
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
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Alabama (2019 #8)

Reviews

4.8
28 Reviews (28)
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Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Highlands good day.

We had a very pleasant day playing the Hoghlands course. Greens are fast. Fairways nice and wide. Great layout and a challenging track.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
4.0
Previously Played

Play Highlands. Avoid the River Course

The Highlands is great with bent grass greens and is a fair test. And I give it 5 stars. Even though the River has no sand, the Bermuda greens are severely elevated due to the course being flooded every time it rains. They also have severe undulations and there are many blind pin placements. The greens are sanded weekly on Tuesdays so avoid that day. Also, don’t play River for 2-3 days after a rain as the track will be soppy. I give it 3 stars so my overall rating is a 4 for the complex.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Ahhh Robert Trent

great courses..chips need to drop and stop on most greens for a smooth put, wide open fairways and always a great pace!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 233
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Georgia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Course to Work on your Irons - Great Condition

This was my first time playing The Short Course at Hampton Cove. I had a great time and the course was lots of fun.
The short course is a par 60 with all par 3 holes. The greens were awesome and rolled true!! Just like all RTJ courses, the greens are quite big and it is easy to three putt if you are not in the correct portion of the green where the flag is.
The holes are all short but still fun and challenging. All the greens are elevated as are all RTJ courses.
Tee boxes, fairways, and bunkers were in awesome condition. Loved the layout and had tons of fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 35
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great outing!

The shirt course played very well. The greens were awesome and rolled true!! The holes are challenging and played true to form for RTJ layout!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Top Notch!

An unplanned round while on vacation. Plenty of water to contend with. Greens consistent and little fast. Plenty of challenges, be it from the tips or forward tees. Loved it!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

1st course RJTTR

This was our first time and course on the RTJTR. We came up from south Florida. This time of year we usually get to play the very plush private course of south Florida for about $40. This was a nice change for the different types of grass. . We enjoyed playing Hampton Cove.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Championship course especially with the heather

Above level of the amateurs, especially with the traps & water hazards..

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 230
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

One of the great challenges for a facility boasting 36 holes is to make each course stand alone and not blend into each other. Hampton Cove's two tracks pass this test with flying colors. The River Course uses the old-line design philosophy of moving dirt to create raised greens and tees and disturbing little else. Don't be fooled, however. The River Course lies in the flood plain of the Flint River and water hazards must be navigated on 16 of the 18 holes. The River Course also is unique in that it is the only course on the RTJ Trail without a single bunker. Today, however, I played the Highlands Course, a rolling track that features dramatic elevation changes in contrast to the River Course. Unlike most Trail courses, The Highlands plays through a neighborhood, but the homes do not detract from the holes. The first three holes play in an open, windswept plain before heading uphill into the hardwoods for three holes before emerging into the majority of the course, which surrounds a large body of water. These holes are exposed and on windy days like today, club selection is critical. My advice to players taking on this course is don't be hung up on a yardage number. For example if you are 150 yards out, and that is an 8-iron normally, pull a 7. Otherwise, Prideful players' scorecards will take a beating on holes 7-8, 10-12, and 16-17. The bent greens were a little furry on the first four holes but were much better on the back. The bunkers were excellent and consistent throughout. The course drained well despite the amount of rain we've had recently. Nos. 4-6 is one of my favorite three-hole stretches on the Trail, punctuated by the landmark old mule barn on the fifth. Here is my best tip, other than clubbing, for this course: Jones did an excellent job here of disguising the size of the landing areas on the greens. From the approach zones in the fairway, many of the pins will look perilously close to the front, back or a hazard. I felt like several of my approach shots were going to be pretty close based upon what I could see after hitting the shot, only to find them 15-20 feet away when I arrived at the green. Trust that you have more room to work with than it appears. Also, pay close attention to the hole map on the scorecard. Not all trouble is visible from the tee, like the small creek that crosses the fairway on the fifth hole. All in all, the Highlands Course, and Hampton Cove as a whole, is a bit out of the way from the most talked-about core sites on the Trail in Birmingham, Prattville and Opelika. Yet, it is courses like the Highlands that show the Trail's depth and a player doesn't see the true majesty of the Trail if they are bypassed.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout

Great course. Greens were recently punched so slow and inconsistent was to be expected. Tee boxes, fairways, and bunkers were in great shape. Loved the layout and never played a RTJ course I didn't like.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Outstanding Course & Professional/Friendly Staff

We booked a Noon tee time on Golf Now. Maddy checked us in at Pro Shop & she was friendly, professional & helpful. The course was in very good shape with beautiful layout. Traps & Fairways in great shape. The course is fair to an average golfer yet could be very challenging from the tips. Steve & other managers in the Pro Shop went out of their way to make us feel at home.

Looking forward to returning in July with a group of 12 to play both courses.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

FABULOUS RTJ COURSE!

I love playing at Hampton Cove. The short course is an excellent course for walking (how I get my exercise). I have played 4 of the other RTJ courses. Alabama golf is the best value in the nation, compared to Florida and South Carolina where I have played.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bring your iron A game

Fun and very challenging course. Lots of water and you better hit the green with your approach shot and then you will want to be on the correct portion of the green. Otherwise your facing a very tough chip or an even harder 2 putt.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Best Public Course in the Huntsville Area

I have played both the Highlands and River courses numerous times. Both are great although I personally prefer the Highlands course. Players of all skill levels can have fun if you pick the right set of tees. In comparison to other RTJ Trail sites I like it better than Muscle Shoals or Silver Lakes, a little less than Oxmoor Valley, Grand National or Magnolia Grove and about the same as Capitol Hill or Cambrian Ridge.

I wish all the RTJ Trail courses would adopt the in-cart GPS system used at Ross Bridge!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

hampton cove highland

Thed course was very picturesque. Some fairways were needing work. I found the most dissapointing area on the course were the greens. They had no true roll and the pin placements that day were very difficult.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Pets on RTJ Highlands Course

Course conditions have improved since I last played there (lake still holds water; #15 fairway just resodded - they made it a par 3 previously). During the summer, it looks like the have let parts of the "deep" rough grow / don't spend too much time looking for it #consider it lost#. Great courses for players of all levels.
Managers Shane and Brendon allow pets / dogs #does not have to be service dogs# on the course now. Great if you are a dog lover; not so if you don't like to see dogs running loose on occasion, running through traps, on greens, watching the foursome in front of you play "pass the dog leash" at times.
Staff at snackbar area is pretty friendly; chow is good as well.
Both the Highlands and Lake Courses #lot less crowded# should be played if you are in the Huntsville area.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Nothing Special

Having played almost every course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the River Course at Hampton Cove ranks near the bottom in terms of interest and value. There is water in play on most holes, but otherwise the layout is not that interesting. The greens had been sanded so shots would not hold and putting was uneven. There are many superior courses in Alabama for less money. The clubhouse is nice, as are all RTJ facilities. The staff seemed disinterested, except for the cart attendants anxious for tips.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The course was in great shape.

Lots of elevated greens and water. Great fun to play. It would bear playing a second time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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