Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)

Robert Trent Jones Golf Courses at The Shoals

990 SunBelt Pkwy,

Muscle Shoals, Alabama AL 35661

  • Office

    +1 (800) 949 4444
  • Pro shop

    +1 (256) 446 5111

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Links-style. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk (although one or two longish green-to-tee walks).

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside.

  • Designer:

    Roger Rulewich & Bobby Vaughn

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
8092
6154
4978
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
78.7
69.3
69.0

At the same location:

18-hole par-72 Schoolmaster Course (7971 yds from back tees).

Location

Latitude:

34.819027

Longitude:

-87.535168

How to get there:

8 miles E of Florence

From Muscle Shoals (south of the city of Florence in north west Alabama), follow 2nd Street (route 184 east). After approx 8 miles at Underwood Crossroads, turn left into County Line Road (CR 48). After approx 2 miles go straight across River Road (route 40), and into Lime Kiln Road (CR 48). After 1 mile turn left, direction Robert Trent Jones golf. After o.5 mile turn right into The Shoals

RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 2004

RTJ Golf Trail - The Shoals (Fighting Joe course): At The Shoals, the north-western outpost of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, two quite contrasting golf courses offer two quite different golf experiences. The Fighting Joe is a links style course in the grand Scottish tradition (albeit not beside the sea) - grand indeed if you are ever compelled to play it from the tips - a mere 8,092 yards from start to finish. Trees make their presence felt on only a few holes; for most of the time you will be in open, rolling, linksy terrain, where pleasantly undulating fairways are skirted by several water hazards or grassy mounds, or both.

The layout and quality of the holes is excellent, and with no housing around, this is a natural golf environment to be savoured. Many elevated tee positions will give you a good look at whatever hazards are out there. Among many unforgettable holes is an excellent crop of high-quality par-3's (mostly guarded by water) and, for the monster hitters among you, your appetites should be satisfied with the 716-yard par-5 12th (or should that be par-7 !?). The round closes with one of the most scenic holes on the entire Trail - a par-3 with trouble written all over it, but also with a fabulous view out onto the wide expanse of the Tennessee River.

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  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)
  • Photo of RTJ Golf Trail: The Shoals (Fighting Joe course)

Visitors

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.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season (March thru' mid-May): $64.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Walking permitted. Golf carts available to rent.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

The Fighting Joe (or East) course at The Shoals takes its name from General Joseph Wheeler (1836-1906) who led both Confederate and US armies, before becoming a Congressman for Alabama. One of two large dams on the nearby stretch of the Tennessee River also bears his name. >> ABOUT THE RTJ TRAIL (See Where2Golf.com entry for Silver Lakes - Did You Know section).

Where2Stay

  • Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    800 Cox Green Parkway, Florence AL 35630

    +1 (256) 246 3611

    Visit website

    Located along the famed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the newly opened Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa blends perfect amounts of southern hospitality, sophistication, and charm. Treat yourself to an entirely new type of Florence Alabama hotel, characterised by upscale luxury accommodations. DIRECTIONS : From I-65 take Hwy 72 West (at Athens). After about 50 miles, just before Florence, turn left into Cox Green Parkway. After 2 miles hotel is on your right (before you cross the river).

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      No

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      The Shoals (Fighting Joe and The Schoolmaster courses)

  • Hampton Inn : Florence - MidtownAAA 3-diamonds

    2281 Florence Blvd, Florence, AL 35630

    +1 (256) 764 8888

    Visit website

    DIRECTIONS : From I-65 take Hwy 72 West (at Athens). After about 47 miles hotel is on your right, within one mile of Regency Square Mall, Florence.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      No

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      The Shoals (Fighting Joe and The Schoolmaster courses)

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