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“A little piece of Heaven”

Grand National Golf Course
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Opelika
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Our golfing holiday experience this year was a trip to a previously unvisited part of the USA namely Alabama and Tennessee. Our first stop on our tour was a four day stop at the RTJ golf trail Grand National at Opelika.
To say the trip started with a bang would be an understatement, the whole experience of the resort was something else.
The Quality of both the Lakes and the Links courses were exceptional, both very good tests of golf with the courses laid out strategically with lakes and good bunkering, yes in places quite tough, but if you let go of the matcho image and play from the tees which suit your handicap and you best personally, then you will have a really enjoyable experience.
When you take the quality of these courses and add to that, in places the most magnificent scenery along with the resorts whole setting you really have found a little piece of heaven.

But we have not finished there, if you do not play the short course (18 hole par three) then you have missed a trick, if you think the setting of the two main courses is good wait till you get to this one, the quality of the course is still the same high standard but the scenery and views are quite stunning, what a little gem.

As Brits we could not get a RTJ trail card, as these are only for Alabama residents, we could however get the RTJ passport, it costs $30 and lasts a life time. You then get $10 off green fees at every course at the trail sites (9 courses now played) and 15% of Pro shop merchandise and when you have completed every course on the trail there is a bonus, I'm not telling find out for yourselves. Needless to say we shall over time complete the Trail and get the bonus !!!.

We stayed at the Marriott Opelike, (seperate review) which is also very good, but due to the fact we had early tee times we ate breakfast at the club, the staff in the restaurant were very sociable and helpful. We would ask for eggs, sausage, bacon in various combinations along with all the extra's and none of it seemed to much trouble, it was very good too.
To cap everything off, all the staff at Grand National, and I mean all the staff from the caddie master and assistants, starters and not fogetting especially the Pro and his staff, were without exageration some of the most friendly and helpful people I have encountered in my many years touring the USA.
This is a MUST, go and see for yourself. You will not regret it.

Thank Dorsetdon
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Played both courses. Both have great lake views and are very tough. Great conditioning. Bunkers in the landing areas, small greens with heavy bunkering. I would recommend playing up a tee from your normal.

Thank Dan H
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We played Lakes and the front nine of Links and they were both both scenic and pleasant to play. I am a 20 index and still managed to par or bogey 19 of the 27 holes which is my definition of good golfing. So while the holes looked hard, they were quite playable although we did lose a few balls. The facility was much quieter on the Monday we played it than the RTJ courses we had played near Birmingham and Montgomery so our rounds were relatively pristine and very pretty in the fall foliage and long shadows. Golf the way it is meant to be played! This facility is bare bones--no tees, towels, GPS although our laser rangefinder worked pretty well at these courses and were spotty at the others. All of the RTJ Trail courses serve an excellent breakfast sandwich, including the clubhouse here.

Thank Ann D
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

We came to the area to play the two Grand National courses. They are beautiful and sufficiently challenging for any level of play. The Lakes is one of our favorite on the Robert Trent Jones Trail.

Thank Otto W
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

If you are a golfer and visiting the area, you MUST play this facility!! It has two, very challenging 18 hole courses as well as an equally challenging Par 3 course. On all of them, you should bring your best game because the Robert Trent Jones Courses will eat your lunch if your are not careful!!! The Clubhouse if also a very nice facility! The resturant has great food and is a nice stop before, during, and/or after your round of golf! (Try the Monteray Chicken Sandwich, Club sandwich, or hamburger...all are great!)

Thank RoamingGnomette
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