Ross Bridge
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Alabama: Stops along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Ross Bridge
Ross Bridge

The Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in Hoover, Ala., overlooks the golf course, which is built on more than 300 acres, twice the size of most golf courses. (Michael Clemmer Photography)
Water hazard
Ross Bridge

The fourth hole at Ross Bridge is a tough par three that plays anywhere from 140 yards to 226. Being short is not an option. (Mike James / Los Angeles Times)
River Course
Hampton Cove

The River Course at Hampton Cove in Owens Crossroads, Ala., is the only Robert Trent Jones layout without a single sand bunker. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s an easy course; water comes into play on 16 of 18 holes. (Michael Clemmer Photography)
Tee time
Ross Bridge

Steve Horn of Placentia, a copy editor at The Times, unleashes a drive without much trouble in front of him ... except for a gaping fairway bunker and plenty of water to the left. There’s plenty of trouble at Ross Bridge but also plenty of room to keep your ball in play. (Mike James / Los Angeles Times)
Schoolmaster
Muscle Shoals

The magestic eighth hole at the Schoolmaster at Muscle Shoals, Ala., shows the scope of the course ... and the lingering danger of the water hazard. (Michael Clemmer Photography)
Greenland
Ross Bridge

At Ross Bridge, as at many of the Robert Trent Jones Trail courses, the fairways are overseeded during the winter months, creating sculpted green ribbons inside the dormant Bermuda grass. (Mike James / Los Angeles Times)
19th hole
Muscle Shoals

The clubhouse at Muscle Shoals near Florence, Ala., sits on a rise above the Tennessee River, has a comfortable dining room and full locker room and, like every facility we’ve visited along the trail, an extremely helpful staff. (Mike James / Los Angeles Times)
Musclebound course
Muscle Shoals

The Fighting Joe course at Muscle Shoals, a whopping 8,092 yards from the back tees, was named after Gen. Joseph Wheeler (1836-1906), who was the only Confederate general to attain the same rank later in the U.S. Army. (Mike James / Los Angeles Times)
Let ‘er rip
Muscle Shoals

Steve Horn smashes a drive down the middle on the Fighting Joe ... no, wait a minute. The ball is still resting on the tee. Must have been a practice swing. (Mike James / Los Angeles Times)
The designer
Muscle Shoals

A portrait of course architecht Robert Trent Jones hangs over the mantle in the clubhouse at Muscle Shoals. (Mike James / Los Angeles Times)
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