RTJ Golf Trail: Hampton Cove (River course)


4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   RTJ Golf Trail: Hampton Cove (River course) Est. 1992

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RTJ Golf Trail - Hampton Cove (River course): Here alongside the Flint River, you'll discover another of the many gems of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The River course at Hampton Cove is from start to finish a wonderfully natural and challenging test of golf. The layout bears the design hallmarks of a master craftsman - especially when you take into account some of the limitations of building a golf course in a river flood plain. Most noticeably, there are no sand bunkers; they would be swept away on the occasions when the river floods. The greens, several on the small side, are all elevated (although not as high as the electrical control boxes, which are raised 15 feet into the air on wooden platforms). Around the greens are grass bunkers and steep run-offs, while on them serious slopes and borrows will mesmerise even the best of putters. Matching the sloping greens, the fairways also have their fair share of pleasantly rolling contours. The flood plain also accounts for the lack of any housing around the course, further enhancing its unspoilt naturalness. This out-and-back layout takes you to the River's edge at the par-5 10th, before you start to wend your way back to the clubhouse, hopefully avoiding the several water hazards along the way. This wonderful course allows you to enjoy golf at its natural best, with maybe a chance to glimpse a deer or two while bagging the odd birdie ?

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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
USA
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Office   +1 (800) 949 4444
Pro Shop   +1 (256) 551 1818
Fax

 

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

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk (although one or two longish green-to-tee walks).
 
Surroundings: Woodland and swamp
 
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7667 6111 5278
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 77.8 69.7 70.4
 
At the Same Location:
18-hole par-72 Highlands Course (7262 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.

Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

Hampton Cove's River Course is laid out on former soybean fields in the flood plain of the River Flint. The river, which can be seen alongside the par-5 10th hole, drains into the Tennessee River about 10 miles south of Hampton Cove. >> 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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Location

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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
www.hamptoninn.com

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
www.marriott.com

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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