Fancy a golfing getaway to the USA this summer? You need to check out the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama.
The world-renowned trail marks its 25th birthday this year as its revolutionised access to public golf courses is celebrated with the innovative concept reaching over 26 courses across 11 sites.
Opened in 1992, nearly 12 million rounds of golf have been played along the RTJ Golf Trail. This number is set to keep rising as renovations to the original course designs have ensured golfers keep coming back to Alabama to play the highly acclaimed set-up.
For the first time, the RTJ Golf Trail will appear on the PGA Tour this year as the RTJ Grand National (above) is set to host the Barbasol Championship this July.
RTJ Golf Trail courses have also been a familiar sight on the LPGA Tour – the 2016 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic was held at Capitol Hill (below) – and the PGA Tour Champions.
The RTJ Golf Trail is owned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. CEO, Dr David G. Bronner been honoured by the golf industry for his vision to make great golf available to both professionals and the general public.
He is extremely proud of the RTJ Golf Trail’s accomplishments, but does not plan to quit while he is ahead.
He said: “I want to be able to play the US Open on any one of these courses that we build, make every one of them a championship course. I want people to be challenged enough that they will want to come back.”
The Trail has received highly acclaimed reviews from all over America. The New York Times says it has “some of the best public golf on earth, while The Wall Street Journal has said The Trail “may be the best bargain in the country."
Plan your Alabama golf trip
To start planning your trip to Alabama’s RTJ Golf Trail, visit rtjgolf.com. Special packages will also be available throughout the year to celebrate its 25th anniversary.