Figured no one will be out and about playing golf when its Masters Weekend.
Snug over Mobile ( pronounced Mo-BEAL
and I dunno why) Alabama which was an hour+ drive away from where I was and finally got to try out 1 of the courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
The Course was The Crossings at Magnolia Grove. It boasts 36 Championship holes and an 18 hole par 3 course.
For most who don't know what that is, it is situated in 'Forrest Gump' state of Alabama and home to the largest golf course construction project ever attempted. The Trail is a collection of 468 holes of championship golf on 11 different sites across Alabama. The Wall Street Journal said the Trail "may be the biggest bargain in the country" and The New York Times called the Trail "some of the best public golf on Earth."
And a bargain it definitely is. I booked a tee time online for The Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove and paid the princely sum of......USD$52. Yes $52 for a Sat Noon Tee time on a course that will host the Avnet LPGA Classic in 2 weeks time.
A couple of trailers were already in.
Not crowded. In fact, very peaceful and serene settings.
View from just outside the Pro Shop. I love the pine trees as they remind of a certain course hosting a Golf Major right now.
The driving range was cavernously framed by the pines and huge.
The 1st tee was blissful. Of course I got an earful of Southern Drawls from the Starter but still manageable to understand and we got into a healthy conversation about who will win the Masters.
This is what a fairway should look like. The blades of grass not looking scruffy and unkempt like the club I belong to in Sg.
The 3rd from the Tips
Looking back at the fairway on the 4th. Pristine white fine powder sand and immaculate fairways. Looks similar to anything you know?
Lunch from the cart girl. Turkey ham and cheese Sandwich.
The 16th had an unusual teebox for the tips - Right across from the railroad. They had it closed and moved it forward. It would have been interesting teeing off from there.
Looking down the 18th. Just 450yds worth of Par 4. The scoreboards and bleachers were being built.
I joined up with a twosome after the 7th: Steven Jackson and his 15yr old daughter Tatum Jackson. Both from Birmingham Alabama. She has won a couple of State junior tourneys and looking to play a junior tournament there right after the LPGA event. Good luck to her and best of luck.
Here's a video of a ho-hum 220yd drive down the middle for her.
FWIW, this is one very memorable course as it is very well maintained and best of all - Cheap!
People were friendly although I must admit seeing an Asian face out there was pretty unusual. I definitely don't look like a Korean LPGA player thats prob why.
Overall, one of the better courses I have played in the USA. Much more enjoyable than TPC Sawgrass Stadium.