On your next golf excursion, visit central Alabama. There, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to places to play. The focal point of your trip should be the Robert Trent Jones (RTJ) Golf Trail, specifically the layouts outside Birmingham (Oxmoor Valley: home of Ridge and Valley), in Hoover (Ross Bridge: home of Ross Bridge), near Montgomery (Capitol Hill: home of Senator, Legislator, and Judge), and in Opelika (Grand National: home of Links and Lake).
Named by Golf Digest's Places to Play as one of the nation's Great Value courses in the public category, Silver Lakes is set on rolling terrain at the edge of Talladega National Forest between Anniston and Gadsden. Silver Lakes features three championship nines plus a nine-hole Short Course. This facility is anchored by a number of strong par-fours that play to pedestal greens perched 30 to 40 feet above fairway level.
The opening tee shot on the Judge (RTJ Golf Trail) is one of the most dramatic opening holes in golf, hovering 200 feet above the fairway overlooking the river and visible in the distance, the Montgomery skyline. It is by far the most photographed hole on the RTJ Trail, considered by many to be the signature hole of the entire trail. IA well-struck tee shot seems to drift forever and will create a visual memory that will last for a lifetime, begging you to come back to play it again.