Talking GolfGetaways, Ep. 82: Hit the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail for a true Alabama experience

Talking GolfGetaways, Ep. 82: Hit the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail for a true Alabama experience

The picturesque 18th green at Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort (Photo by Darin Bunch /

Welcome to Alabama. In Episode 82 of the “Talking GolfGetaways” podcast, co-hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch head down south to talk historic travel, tastebud-tempting food and water-wonderland golf from the mind of architecture stalwart Robert Trent Jones.

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From a golf standpoint, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has it all. As many holes as any golfer can play, carefully laid out across the state’s varied terrain. PGA Tour and former LPGA venues. Full 18-hole championship courses. Multi-course resorts. Some of the better par-3 short courses in America. Rollercoaster drops and waterfront fairways. Classic clubhouses powered by Southern hospitality.

And a mix-and-match mentality that allows golf groups of all shapes and sizes to custom build exactly the trip that meets their golfing desires.

Give a listen to hear about Darin’s most recent visit, which packed food, fun and more than a few Marriott and Renaissance resorts into a weeklong RTJ extravaganza, highlighted by Ross Bridge, Grand National and Capitol Hill among others with unforgettable meals both on the course (Brock’s at Ross Bridge with its sumptuous steaks and old-world pasta dishes) and off (the fresh farm-to-table Acre Restaurant in Auburn with its Sweet Corn Cobbler and Salted Butter Ice Cream).

Just recording the episode has us hungry for another visit to Alabama and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. And we hope it entices you to take a bite as well when planning your next golf buddy trip.

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The GolfGetaways crew of Darin Bunch and Mitch Lauarance have decades of golf travels and adventures to share, which they do here at GNN, on their "Talking GolfGetaways" podcast and on their social media channels. You can find them usually playing hickories and having a great time taking in amazing architecture, scenery and company.