RTJ Golf Trail: Silver Lakes Golf Course

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   RTJ Golf Trail: Silver Lakes Golf Course Est. 1992

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RTJ Golf Trail - Silver Lakes Golf Course: Three nines - the Backbreaker, Heartbreaker and Mindbreaker - make up this very impressive layout on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Occupying tightly folding, splendidly undulating terrain, and carved out of what is predominantly pine forest, Silver Lakes comprises a superb collection of golf holes in a very natural setting - as good as anything on the Trail. The opening holes on each nine create a wonderful and vivid first impression, but many holes thereafter are also show-stealers. You'll enjoy many fabulously elevated tee boxes that provide clear views of the demands ahead, with most holes invitingly laid out before you. Water is not as much of a threat as the Silver Lakes name might imply, but when it does appear, on 2 or 3 holes on each nine, it does so with full force. The Heartbreaker, for example, contains eight potentially heart-warming holes, beautifully laid out in the undulating woodland; however, the heartbreak may well arrive at the par-4 9th, where water is in range off the tee and on three sides of the green - heartbreaker and cardwrecker all in one. The Backbreaker course, marginally the longest, has a fabulous array of uphill par-4's played to wonderfully elevated greens that seem to tower in the air. The Mindbreaker's tightish and constantly undulating fairways are, as on the other nines, generally lined with a wide-ish band of clinging semi-rough, as well as an impressive array of excellent bunkering. Throughout, the greens are on the large side, and invariably elevated. The Backbreaker and Mindbreaker nines are perhaps the best, with no real estate to disturb the naturalness of the surroundings. On all three nines you'll enjoy great golf and catch glimpses of the Tallageda National Forest and Appalachian foothills in the background.

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Making Contact

Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Silver Lakes
1 SunBelt Pkwy,
Glencoe, Alabama AL 35905
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Office   +1 (800) 949 4444
Pro Shop   +1 (256) 892 3268


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

The course: 27 holes. Tree-lined parkland.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb, with some long tee-to-green walks.
Surroundings: Woodland.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7407 5954 4865
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 76.6 68.9 68.3
At the Same Location:
9-hole par-27 Short Course (1946 yds from mens tees).
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How2Get There?

12 miles SE of Gadsden
From the I-759 in Gadsden exit onto the 411 North and after 1.3 miles take the 431 South. After approx 6 miles turn right into Oak Grove Road and then left into Silver Lakes Blvd. Follow signs to golf.

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
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Did you know?

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: (33.883886)
Longitude: (-85.927680)
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Hampton Inn - Gadsden AAA 3-Diamonds
129 River Road, Gadsden, AL 35901
+1 (256) 546 2337

The Hampton Inn Gadsden is located at the intersection of I-759 and Hwy 411 across from the Gadsden Mall and 1 mile south of downtown Gadsden.

Golf at this hotel No
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Best Western - Gadsden Hotel & Suites 
205 Enterprise Drive, Gadsden, AL 35904
+1 (256) 570 0569

DIRECTIONS : From I-59, take exit 181. Follow Hwy 77 west. Hotel is second right.

Golf at this hotel No
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