RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)

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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Grand National (Links course): If you're anticipating a treeless, duneland, links style layout, you'll be disappointed. If it's one of the RTJ Trail's most stunning woodland-lakeside courses that appeals, then you are in exactly the right place.

The Links course here at Grand National, like its stablemate, the Lake course, comprises a stunningly beautiful collection of golf holes. In crafting this excellent layout, RTJ Snr made excellent use of the lakeshore and the gently undulating slopes around it. Some holes climb up and away from the water; others bring you back down again in spectacular fashion from elevated tee-boxes. Several elevated greens jut out into the lake, with pin-positions that deliberately tempt your aim close to the water's edge.

Tall mature pine trees separate the well-bunkered fairways, often providing a stylish backdrop to the greens, which are typically large, undulating and as quick as you'll find anywhere. Protecting many of the putting surfaces is a goodly array of bunkers, including several pot bunkers, not unlike those found on a British links course.

Among many enchanting, but also challenging lakeside holes, the short par-4 8th will require precise tee and approach shots if par or better is in your thinking. You'll need to repeat this target golf combination at the longer and very exacting par-4 13th. With so many challenging and scenic holes on both the Links and Lake courses at Grand National, you''ll need to have a few spare balls in your bag and plenty of film (and/or battery life) in your camera. <

At this Stay & Play venue, the on-site accommodation is located close to the golf facilities.

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Making Contact

Robert Trent Jones Golf Courses at Grand National
3000 Robert Trent Jones Trail,
Opelika, Alabama AL 36801
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Office   +1 (800) 949 4444 (Reservations)
Pro Shop   +1 (205) 290 1241


Email   grandnational@rtjgolf.com
Website   www.rtjgolf.com
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb and some long green-to-tee walks. Buggies generally used.
Surroundings: Lakeside and woodland.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7311 6015 4843
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 75.1 69.6 69.6
At the Same Location:
Above distances are for the Links course. Also at Grand National is the 18-hole Lake course (par-72, 7149 yds from back tees) and 18-hole Short course (par-54, 3328 yds from back tees).
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How2Get There?

6 miles NE of Auburn / 3 miles NW of Opelika
From the I-85 (south of Opelika) take exit 58, and follow Hwy 280 West, direction Opelika. After 5.4 miles turn right into the 97 North (Grand National Parkway). After 2.5 miles turn right into SunBelt Parkway, and follow road for 2 miles to clubhouse.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2017 visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season: $86 (all days); golf cart included. [Contact club for full details, discounts, RTJ Golf Trail passes and Trail Cards]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.   Must book in advance. Bookings can be made directly with each course or via RTJ Trail Central Reservations.
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Other Information
Walking permitted. Golf carts available to rent.

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Did you know?

Lake Saugahatchee is the lake around which Grand National's Links and Lake courses are wrapped. Saugahatchee comes from the Creek Indian language and means "rattling river". Look out for the remains of a chimney behind the clubhouse. It's all that's left of the house built by the Lipscomb family, the first colonial settlers of this site.

About the RTJ Trail: See Where2Golf.com entry for Silver Lakes (Did You Know section).

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Published Ranking
2017-18 Golf Digest rating: 7th best course in Alabama.
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Latitude: (32.675406)
Longitude: (-85.427027)
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Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National 
3700 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika, Alabama 36801
+1 (334) 741 9292

Nestled on 2,000 acres of Lake Saugahatchee countryside, and overlooking a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail course, this is an exceptional golf and business hotel, located 10 minutes from Auburn University in the quaint, historic town of Opelika.

Golf at this hotel Grand National (Links and Lake courses)
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Hampton Inn - Auburn AAA 3-diamonds
2430 South College Street, Auburn, AL 36832
+1 (334) 821 4111

DIRECTIONS : From the I-85 (SW of Auburn) take exit 51 (S College Street) and follow the 29 South. Hotel is on your right after a few hundred yards.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Auburn Links at Mill Creek
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