Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)

Robert Trent Jones Golf Courses at Grand National

3000 Robert Trent Jones Trail,

Opelika, Alabama AL 36801

  • Office

    +1 (800) 949 4444 (Reservations)
  • Pro shop

    +1 (334) 749 9042
  • Fax

    +1 (205) 290 1241

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.

SSS or slope

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, 3126 yds).






How to get 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.

RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1992

RTJ 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 Robert Trent Jones 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.

Stay&Play at Grand National: luxury onsite accommodation is available (see Where2Stay section below).

List of courses: Alabama
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: Grand National (Links course)


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.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes at peak times in high season: c.$95. Golf cart included.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2024].

Other information

Walking permitted. Golf carts available to rent.

Practice facilities


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.

Bronner 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.

Published ranking

Links course:
Alabama's 12th best course (Golf Digest, 2023/24).


  • Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National

    3700 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika, Alabama 36801

    +1 (334) 741 9292

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    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)

    • Golf within 5 miles:


    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Auburn Links at Grand National

  • Hampton Inn - AuburnAAA 3-diamonds

    2430 South College Street, Auburn, AL 36832

    +1 (334) 821 4111

    Visit website

    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:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Auburn Links at Mill Creek

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Grand National (Links and Lake courses)

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