Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Ridge)

Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Ridge) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 100 Sunbelt Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Year: 1992
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Purple: 7,055 yards, Par 72, 74.3 Rating/141 Slope
  • Orange: 6,527 yards, Par 72, 72.1 Rating/136 Slope (Men’s), 78.6 Rating/141 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 6,148 yards, Par 72, 70.3 Rating/133 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/137 Slope (Women’s)
  • Silver: 5,546 yards, Par 72, 67.3 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 72.8 Rating/128 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 4,974 yards, Par 72, 64.9 Rating/120 Slope (Men’s), 69.4 Rating/122 Slope (Women’s)

I’ve got some good news.  Brian from @virginiagolfguy on Instagram and vagolfguy.com let me take a peek through more of his pictures.  Fortunately, this will allow me to do many more course tours of places I may not get back to soon.  I want to give a sincere thank you to Brian again for that.  Going forward, I’ll credit him in the beginning for the photos he supplied.

Anyways, back to this post.  I went over my trip down to the RTJ Trail in some earlier posts.  We also played both courses at Oxmoor Valley.  This stop on the trail has 54 holes, which includes a short course.  It was built on land formerly owned by US Steel for mining purposes.  You will see from the photos, but the land offers forests, creeks, and plenty of elevation change. Continue reading “Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Ridge)”

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The Season Isn’t Over Until You Say It Is

Editor’s Note: Hi all, got a guest post from Matt over at TruGolf.com.  Hope you enjoy the change up.

It’s been a great Fall season. You improved several aspects of your game and you’ve been watching your scores drop steadily over the course of the past couple months. You really feel like you’ve hit your rhythm. It’s a shame the temperatures are dropping and you’ll be putting the clubs away soon.

Wait—do you really need to? Temperatures may be hitting the 50s, 40s, or even 30s, but the course is still there, just waiting to be played. Until snow covers the ground, there’s really no reason to call it quits. In fact, with a few simple tips, you can easily add a month or two to your season.

Lower Your Expectations

Before your first swing, understand that your game probably won’t be quite as strong as it is during the prime Summer and Fall months. The cold air makes it tougher to loosen up and relax. As a result, your swing will be a little stiff and you won’t get the usual distance. That’s OK, as long as you’re willing to lower your expectations a bit and focus on fun.

Layer Up

Rather than reach for the puffy jacket or parka, slip on a few strategic layers for maximum flexibility. You’ll want to start with a light, snug, synthetic base layer. A breathable, synthetic base layer pulls moisture away from your body to the outside surface of the fabric, so you stay warm and dry. Next, a light- or mid-weight synthetic layer keeps your body’s warmth from escaping. Finally a light, water-resistant shell blocks wind, rain, and snow to protect you from Mother Nature. Multiple layers allow you to remove and add for optimum temperature, and they eliminate the need for a bulky jacket that gets in the way of your swing and limits movement.

Bring Hand Warmers

Once your hands go numb, your game will go downhill fast. Gloves are great, but they’re bulky and only trap the heat from your hands. Hand warmers, on the other hand, actually produce heat. They’re also small enough to leave in your pockets for the whole round, just warming your hands between shots by putting your hands in your pockets.

Stay Hydrated

Chances are, you won’t be sweating much playing winter golf. However, your body loses moisture through your breath. You may not feel thirsty, but you can become dehydrated quickly, so you need to force yourself to drink plenty of water. Failure to do so will lead to headaches, fatigue, and a very unenjoyable round of golf.

 Club Up

In chilly weather, you won’t be hitting the ball as far. In order to stick to your normal strategy, you may need to take an extra club, rather than just accepting the fact that you’ll be short. There’s no shame in this. After all, you’re out here swinging while your buddies are at home huddling around the TV.

Some more useful cold-weather tips:

  • Use a soft-covered ball – while you’ll lose a bit of distance, you’ll get more feel
  • Use a golf simulator – once the snow falls, there’s no better way to train
  • Use yellow high-vis balls – easy to spot when there’s frost or even light snow on the ground
  • Stay away from the booze – it lowers your core temperature. Drink coffee – it stimulates the nervous system
  • Play nine at a time – leave the option open to duck out early in case it’s just too chilly

Bio

Matt is an avid golf enthusiast and part of the TruGolf.com team. When he’s not working on his fairway shot, you will find Matt writing about his passion for the process of the game.

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Happy New Year!

You may be thinking I am taking some time off.  You’d be partially right.  I’m always doing something with the site, but over the holidays wanted to give everyone a break to enjoy the time with friends and family.

That being said, I wanted to wish a Happy New Year to everyone.  Hopefully 2018 is a great one!

Happy Holidays!

No real post today as TGT and family are celebrating Christmas.  I do want to wish everyone out there reading though a sincere wish for happy holidays.  No matter what you are celebrating, I hope you are able to take time to be with family and friends and enjoy some relaxation.  Be good to each other!

Robert Trent Jones at Grand National (Lake)

Robert Trent Jones at Grand National (Lake) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 3000 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika, Alabama
  • Year: 1992
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr & Robert Rulewich
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Purple: 7,289 yards, Par 72, 74.3 Rating/136 Slope
  • Orange: 6,488 yards, Par 72, 71.3 Rating/126 Slope
  • White: 5,948 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 74.4 Rating/133 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 4,910 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 68.0 Rating/119 Slope (Women’s)

For our last RTJ tour on this go around, I want to give a final thanks to Brian for the pictures on this post.  Check out Brian’s other photos @virginiagolfguy on Instagram if you haven’t already.

According to the website for The Trail, Grand National was the single greatest site for a golf complex Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had ever seen.  The entire complex has 54 holes, which includes a Short Course.  It was built on 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee with 32 of the 54 holes along the shore.  The Lake Course hosts the Barbasol Championship on the PGA Tour as well.

Let’s get this tour started!

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Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Senator)

Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Senator) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2600 Constitution Avenue, Prattville, Alabama
  • Year: 1999
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,654 yards, Par 72, 77.4 Rating/132 Slope
  • Purple: 6,941 yards, Par 72, 74.1 Rating/125 Slope
  • Orange: 6,410 yards, Par 72, 70.9 Rating/126 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,831 yards, Par 72, 68.1 Rating/121 Slope (Men’s), 73.6 Rating/123 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 5,137 yards, Par 72, 64.7 Rating/110 Slope (Men’s), 69.6 Rating/116 Slope (Women’s)

I want to again thank Brian for the pictures on this post.  Check out Brian’s other photos @virginiagolfguy on Instagram.

The second course we will tour is the Senator Course at Capitol Hill.  It’s at the same complex as the Judge, but couldn’t be more different.  The links style course has much less elevation change and water hazards.  It’s a great 36 hole day due to the polar opposite courses.  Let’s get into it!

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Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Judge)

Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Judge) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 2600 Constitution Avenue, Prattville, Alabama
  • Year: 2000
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,813 yards, Par 72, 78.5 Rating/147 Slope
  • Purple: 7,082 yards, Par 72, 75.1 Rating/142 Slope
  • Orange: 6,517 yards, Par 72, 71.7 Rating/131 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/134 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 5,910 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 74.4 Rating/137 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 4,951 yards, Par 72, 64.7 Rating/115 Slope (Men’s), 68.4 Rating/123 Slope (Women’s)

Before I start I want to give a special thanks for the pictures on this post to Brian who runs @virginiagolfguy on Instagram.  I didn’t have photos from my trip, but he stepped in on this one and helped out.  Thanks again Brian!

I went to the Trail in May of 2013 with a bunch of golf buddies.  It’s still one of the only actual buddies trips I’ve ever taken.  That’s just a fact of life for me as a lot of my golf buddies love the game, but don’t travel near as much for it.  Most of them do a few trips a year, but I plan out a bunch and we usually can’t make the timing work.  I’m also more into playing new courses a lot, but that’s part of the quest baby!  Alright, mini-rant over.

We played 36 per day over a few days and the heat really got to us.  I would say May is not the best time to go as the summer heat gets going early in Alabama.  I think the Trail is best suited to a spring or late fall trip.

So the first course we will take a look at is The Judge which is part of the Capitol Hill stop on the Trail.  It is one of the most popular sites and has two other courses in The Senator and The Legislator.  We’ll look at The Senator in a following post.  Located in Prattville, the site has garnered a lot of praise.  Let’s get into the tour.  All yardages are from the orange tees.

 

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