RTJ Golf Trail at Ross Bridge
4000 Grand Ave
Hoover, AL 35226-6201, United States

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge is located just outside Birmingham, on 330 acres. This course stretches from 5,312 to a monstrous 8,191 yards, and is notable also for hosting a Champions Tour event until 2010. Also on-site is a 262-room hotel and spa.

Ten holes play along the banks of two man-made lakes connected by an 80-foot waterfall between the 9th and 18th greens. The 7th and 9th holes are very notable for the scenery, while the 487-yard par-4 18th is arguably the toughest, with water down the entire right side.

The peak rate here is $136.

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Greens Fees (including cart):
   Weekday:$125 - $149
   Weekend:$125 - $149
   9-hole fees on weekdays only.
Guest Policy:open
Dress Code:Collared Shirt (No Denim)
Season Start:Year-round, weather permitting
Reserved Tee Times:
Pro Shop :yes
Driving Range:Grass hitting surface
Short Game Practice:yes with sand bunker
Water Hazards:Moderate
Sand Bunkers:Moderate

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  DJTheoret - 6/20/22
Birmingham Alabama has a lot of options for golfers, both residents, and visitors. There are nearly 40 public, private and municipal courses within a 20-mile radius of downtown Birmingham, including the infamous Shoal Creek Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus which has hosted a couple of PGA Championships, as well as several courses accessible to the public. Arguably, none are as fine as Ross Bridge and the two championship courses at Oxmoor Valley.

Ross Bridge and Oxmoor Valley are part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the largest golf course construction project ever attempted. The trail was the brainchild of Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama whose “build it and they will come” mentality paid off.

The RTJ Golf Trail consists of 469 holes of championship golf on 26 golf courses at 11 sites across the state of Alabama. Some sites have multiple 18-hole layouts, others offer several 9-hole courses. Some are executive-length courses, some will make the best golfers in the world cringe. Some are affiliated with neighboring hotels, some are stand-alone. But one thing they all have in common is that they were designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr and use the natural topography of the land. Whether you’re playing one of the many championship layouts or a “short course,” all are immaculately maintained!

Over the years I have had the opportunity to play several of the RTJ Trail courses and ultimately my goal is to play them all. Ross Bridge is my favorite and has been for many years. From the back (Black) tees, Ross Bridge plays 8,191 yards and is one of the longest golf courses in the world; thankfully there is more than one set of tees. In fact, there are 5 sets of tees offering several manageable distances: Purple (7,446), Orange (6,783), White (6,200), and Teal (5,312). It was cart path only the day we played so we opted for White, not that perfect weather would have made any difference!

The first two holes can either make your day or have you looking for the beverage cart early in the round. Ross Bridge starts you off with one of my favorite holes. The Par 5, 1st hole plays 511 yards and is handicapped #3 for men and #1 for women. The large pond that comes into play on your layup and approach shots creates somewhat of a double dogleg and makes you choose between carrying your layup shot over the water or laying up short of it. Either way, you’re looking at an uphill/blind approach shot into an elevated green guarded in front by two large, cavernous bunkers.

After your uphill climb from the first green to the second tee box, you’ll be happy to know that the 2nd hole is significantly downhill and, from the White tees, Number 2 plays a mere 322 yards. It’s a dogleg left with trees and sand at the corner of the dogleg that can be carried with a good drive. Most players opt for something less than a driver off the tee and play their shot slightly right of the left-hand fairway bunker. It’s a safe strategy unless you hit it too far and go through the fairway. Success off the tee will leave a short pitch into one of Ross Bridge’s smallest greens guarded on the right by sand and left and long by that pond you dealt with on the first hole. Pars or better on both of these holes will have your day off to a great start.

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail offers some incredible Stay & Play packages. The Renaissance Ross Bridge offers golfers the chance to relax in the style and comfort associated with the Renaissance Hotel group. Each room and suite is equipped with elegant furnishings, luxurious bedding, and a private balcony that offers astonishing views of Alabama’s hilly countryside. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, dinner, or something in between, you have several dining venues on the property to choose from including Brock's, The Clubhouse Restaurant, and JT's Lounge. Other hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness center and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. There is also a full-service spa to help you rejuvenate after tackling those monster links.

For more information on these or any of the other amazing properties along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, visit them online.
  Langus0215 - 1/23/15
Cart path only after much rain made for a tough round, but well worth the effort. One of the best courses I have ever played (in 30 years)and I will definitely return to play again.
  Mike Sykes - 5/28/14
Fantastic course!! Well worth the rate. Great condition.
  newdome - 8/21/13
  tgiager - 6/24/13
Excellent course! Fun and challenging. Very scenic and pretty!
  TClearman - 5/10/13
Enjoyed a golf weekend at Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge in May 2013. Ross Bridge is the most senic and open. The courses were in great shape. Fairways were overseeded with rye and well manacured. These kinds of conditions are hard to find in early spring. Staff and facilities were great. Can't wait to go back.
  Twilldog - 4/8/13
This is golf at it's best. Course is beautiful, scenery is fantastic, people were nice. I played as a single since the people they'd paired me to play with canceled. I basically played in a bubble and loved it. Broad shouldered resort course; you'll enjoy not losing balls and being able to recover from just about anywhere.
  khsgolf - 9/16/12
Beautiful and well maintained course. Definitely worth the money, although on the pricey side.
  D.R. Strobaugh - 5/26/12
Jewel of the Trail !
  werepuppie - 3/1/12
Favorite hole is #18 a 358yd par 4 with tee shot and second shot over water.
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