RTJ Golf Trail: Hampton Cove (Highlands course)

3+ (3 gold): one of our top-rated 3-star courses, worthy of 3½ stars.
   RTJ Golf Trail: Hampton Cove (Highlands course) Est. 1992

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RTJ Golf Trail - Hampton Cove (Highlands course): On the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Hampton Cove boasts two fine championship golf layouts. If the name Highland course has you imagining you'll be in for a mountainous experience, don’t worry. Pleasantly rolling fairways rather than huge elevation changes are the main feature of this pleasant and testing parkland layout. Only at the uphill par-5 9th will you need to undertake any Himalayan-style climbing, with the par-4 10th bringing you swiftly back down again to commence a back-nine that is much more about lakes and water hazards than mountains. Good-quality housing lines much of the course perimeter, although it is sufficiently far-back not to place any hook-or-slice gremlins into your shot preparation. If gremlins do appear, it is more likely they will try to invade your short game. Without exception the greens here are elevated, uniformly small (although not too small to be full of testing undulations) and often fiercely defended by significant bunkering. Miss the greens and you'll be navigating the ball back up steep greenside slopes, with your pitching and chipping skills fully put to the test. Although there is more housing around this course that at any other Robert Trent Jones Trail location, there are also some picturesque views onto the Appalachian foothills in the distance.

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Making Contact

Robert Trent Jones Golf Courses at Hampton Cove
450 Old Highway (431 South),
Owens Cross Roads, Alabama AL 35763
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Office   +1 (800) 949 4444
Pro Shop   +1 (256) 551 1818


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

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb (most notably at the 9th hole).
Surroundings: Residential and woodland.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7262 6004 4765
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 75.7 69.6 68.3
At the Same Location:
18-hole par-72 River Course (7667 yds from back tees); 18-hole par-54 Short Course (3635 yds from mens tees).
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How2Get There?

9 miles SE of Huntsville
From the I-565 in Hunstville take exit 19A-19B and follow the 231 South. After approx 1 mile exit onto Governor's Drive (Hwy 431). After approx 9 miles turn left onto Old Hwy 431. After 1 mile turn right into golf club.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (March thru' mid-May): $64. Reduced 9-hole and junior rates. [Above rate based on best info available at the time. Contact club for current actual rates, seasonal and other 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 Central Reservations on +1 (800) 949 4444 (toll free) or +1 (205) 942 0444 or e-mail to reservationsrequest@rtj.com.
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Other Information
Walking permitted. Golf carts available to rent.

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Did you know?

The Highlands Course at Hampton Cove was planted with thousands of Japanese black pines, oaks, dogwoods and crepe myrtles to enhance such features as the old mule barn beside the fifth hole. >> ABOUT THE TRAIL : The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a unique collection of eleven excellent golf venues spread through the State of Alabama. Dr. David Bronner, the then CEO of the organisation that ran the Alabama state-employees pension funds, originally conceived the idea of the Trail. He was convinced that creating a top-quality golf trail would attract golfers from near and far, raise Alabama's profile and at the same time earn a good return for the pension fund monies invested in the project - the world's largest golf course building project ever undertaken. The original courses on the Trail (located at Hampton Cove, Silver Lakes, Oxmoor Valley, Capitol Hill, Grand National, Cambrian Ridge, Magnolia Grove, and Highland Oaks) were all designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened for play in 1992. Lakewood GC at Point Clear was acquired along with the Grand Hotel; its two golf courses were recently renovated and included in the Trail. Although not designed by Trent Jones, The Shoals and Ross Bridge were added to the Trail in more recent years.

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Latitude: (34.658954)
Longitude: (-86.467777)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

Hampton Inn - South Parkway 
501 Boulevard South, Hunstville, AL 35802
+1 (256) 882 2228

The Hampton Inn - South Parkway is located off Memorial Parkway, near the Redstone Arsenal's main gate #1 and NASA, just south of Hunstville. DIRECTIONS : From the I-565 near the centre of Hunstville take the 231 South (S. Memorial Parkway). After approx 4 miles (go under only overpass on 231), turn right at next traffic lights onto Blvd South. Hampton Inn is 2nd building on the right.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles No
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Golf within 20 miles Hampton Cove (Highlands and River courses).
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Marriott Courtyard 
4804 University Drive, Hunstville, AL 35816
+1 (256) 837 1400

DIRECTIONS : On west side of Huntsville take exit 340 from I-565 East (Research Park Blvd North). After approx 2 miles take Hwy 72 East (University Dr). After approx 2 miles the hotel is on your left.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles No
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Golf within 20 miles Hampton Cove (Highlands and River courses).
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