Cel­e­bra­tions Planned As Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Turns 25

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BIRM­ING­HAM, AL – A for­mer as­sis­tant dean at Alabama’s law school rev­o­lu­tion­ized ac­cess to great pub­lic golf 25 years ago and the rest is his­tory.

While many scoffed at the con­cept, Dr. David G. Bron­ner, CEO of the Re­tire­ment Sys­tems of Alabama, brought golf course ar­chi­tect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. out of re­tire­ment in the late 1980’s and the con­cept of Amer­ica’s Orig­i­nal Golf Trail was born. Opened in 1992, golfers have played nearly 12 mil­lion rounds of golf on the RTJ Golf Trail. This top golf des­ti­na­tion fea­tures 26 cour­ses on 11 sites across Alabama. The Trail re­cently ren­o­vated its orig­i­nal cour­ses and en­cour­ages golfers to come play the new RTJ Golf Trail.

While main­tain­ing the key course de­signs cre­ated by Robert Trent Jones, ren­o­va­tions of the orig­i­nal golf sites were re­cently com­pleted. Owned by the Re­tire­ment Sys­tems of Alabama, the RTJ cour­ses re­main con­sis­tent for qual­ity and value while of­fer­ing new ex­pe­ri­ences.

“I want to be able to play the U.S. Open on any one of these cour­ses we build,” said Dr. David G. Bron­ner. “Make ev­ery one of them a cham­pi­onship course. I want peo­ple to be chal­lenged enough that they will want to come back and try again. “ Pro­fes­sion­als Com­pete on RTJ While the cour­ses have not hosted the U.S. Open yet, pro­fes­sional golf tour­na­ments have been played on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail for the past 25 years. “This will be the 20th year in a row that women’s pro­fes­sional golf has been played on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and the 21st con­sec­u­tive year for host­ing pro­fes­sional golf tour­na­ments,” said Bron­ner. ““When the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in 1992, we wanted to make Alabama a golf des­ti­na­tion. Not only have we had mil­lions of golf rounds, leg­endary golfers have won on the RTJ Trail in­clud­ing Lorena Ochoa, Se Ri Pak, Kar­rie Webb, Paula Creamer, Christina Kim, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thomp­son, Ariya Ju­tanu­garn and sev­eral oth­ers. Both Lexi Thomp­son and Ariya Ju­tanu­garn won their first LPGA tour­na­ments while play­ing on the RTJ Golf Trail, sky­rock­et­ing their golf ca­reers,” he said.

“The first two years of the PGA TOUR’s Bar­ba­sol Cham­pi­onship have been tremen­dous suc­cesses with Scott Piercey and Aaron Bad­de­ley bring­ing home the tro­phies,” said Bron­ner. “We look for­ward to wel­com­ing the Bar­ba­sol Cham­pi­onship back to RTJ Grand Na­tional in July and see­ing the next LPGA greats com­pete in the Symetra Tour’s Guardian Cham­pi­onship in Septem­ber at RTJ Capi­tol Hill. These events show­case our cour­ses around the world with in­ter­na­tional me­dia cov­er­age and help po­si­tion Alabama as a great travel and golf des­ti­na­tion.”

Cour­ses in Mo­bile and Prattville have hosted LPGA tour­na­ments for the past 20 years. The PGA TOUR has com­peted in Ope­lika in 2015 and 2016. The PGA TOUR Cham­pi­ons’ tour­na­ments were played at RTJ Ross Bridge from 2006 to 2010.

$25 Golf Days Across RTJ

To help cel­e­brate the sil­ver an­niver­sary of Amer­ica’s orig­i­nal golf trail, golfers are in­vited to en­joy a round of golf for $25 plus tax in­clud­ing cart at the fol­low­ing sites on these des­ig­nated days:

• Sil­ver Lakes - An­nis­ton/Gads­den - Thurs­day, May 25

• Mag­no­lia Grove - Mo­bile - Thurs­day, June 15

• Hamp­ton Cove - Huntsville - Thurs­day, June 29

• Highland Oaks - Dothan - Thurs­day, July 13

• The Shoals - Mus­cle Shoals - Thurs­day, July 20

• Cam­brian Ridge - Greenville - Fri­day, Au­gust 4

• Capi­tol Hill - Prattville - Mon­day, Au­gust 7

• Ross Bridge - Hoover - Mon­day, Au­gust 14

• Grand Na­tional - Auburn/Ope­lika - Thurs­day, Au­gust 24

• Ox­moor Val­ley - Birm­ing­ham - Thurs­day, Au­gust 31

Me­dia events with elected of­fi­cials and other lo­cal lead­ers will be held on these days to cel­e­brate the Trail’s im­pact on these com­mu­ni­ties. For the gen­eral pub­lic, golf reser­va­tions with ad­vance pur­chase can be made by call­ing RTJ Reser­va­tions at 800.949.4444. Tee times can be booked at the spe­cific RTJ sites within seven days of play.

Mag­no­lia Grove - Mo­bile

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