Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail – ‘Build It And They Will Come’

Alabama – Kevin Costner’s iconic 1989 movie Field of Dreams may not have won an Oscar, but it sparked a winner. Let me take you behind the scenes, and tell you about another man’s vision.

Dr. David Bronner, the CEO of Retirement Systems of Alabama had a dream to invest his organization’s pension funds and build 26 world-class golf courses that would challenge people enough that “they will want to come back and try again.”

Bronner may not have heard the voices Ray Kinsella heard but he listened to the call and tapped into his creativity and courage to do what no one could imagine. Once he lured the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. out of semi-retirement, there was no looking back.

With Jones as his co-director, the result is an extraordinary golf trail that meanders across Alabama, from the Appalachians in the north all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Golf Digest has declared the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail as “the number one value in the country for golf!”

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Cambrian Ridge – Canyon Hole #1

“The very best courses are those where nature provides the canvas,” Jones has said ”My job is to discover her secrets and reveal them.” Bronner was also convinced that the trail would attract tourism and industry to Alabama. He was right.

A golfer gets a feeling for a course based on what makes it a great experience for them or her. Here is what left a memorable impression on me after visiting the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail during its 25th anniversary.

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