Alabama-Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Trip Planner

From the Gulf Coast resorts to the many stops along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Alabama has a strong reputation for dining, casinos and world-class golf on a budget.

A view from tee #6 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail from Ross Bridge.
Alabama and Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Matt Ginella answers reader questions on Alabama's RTJ Trail, Jacksonville value golf and great courses with motorboat access.
The popular Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail dominates the golf landscape in Alabama. It has created a windfall of tourism development and synergy that never existed in Alabama before its creation in the 1990s. But did you know there's plenty of great golf off the trail as well? Here are the five best Alabama courses not on the well traveled RTJ Trail.
Picking a "best of" list among the 11 sites throughout Alabama on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a tough task. There's really no bad choice, and 10 of the 11 have at least 36 holes. But our own Jason Scott Deegan picked a top 5. Here's the breakdown.
The April 2006 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
The October 2013 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
The May 2011 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
Mobile, Alabama might be best known for its love of college football -- it hosts a bowl game and an all-star game stocked with seniors with NFL dreams -- but there's much to love about this intriguing Southern city at the mouth of the Mobile Bay. It's home to the original Mardi Gras celebration, an eclectic mix of downtown restaurants and shops and some really good golf. An LPGA Tour venue highlights a versatile golf scene. Here are the five best places to play golf around Mobile.
Go to the Gulf for golf. It's as simple as that. Alabama's Gulf Shores along the Gulf of Mexico is one of America's best bargain golf destinations. This solid collection of courses stretches from Mobile to Pensacola, Fla., just across the state line. There's a top 100-caliber course at Kiva Dunes to anchor the trip, along with several other high quality resort-style layouts. Here are the five best places to play right in Gulf Shores.
The nationwide explosion of casino gambling has fueled an interesting side effect -- a nationwide explosion of casino golf courses, often of better quality and at lower prices than their non-casino peers. In few places is this selection larger, better or more of a bargain than on the Gulf Coast, where famous designers and full-service hotels vie with plush beaches and wonderful regional cuisine for the traveler's attention.
The February 2015 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
Here are 10 golf destinations where you can put together two, three or four rounds or more and combine them with reasonable accommodations in a great setting.
If you're taking a golf vacation on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, here's one of the 11 sites you absolutely must not miss.
The April 2016 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
The February 2017 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and is available here
The February 2015 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
The October 2013 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
The March 2012 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
The April 2010 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
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