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Golf Travel Guide To Auburn-Opelika, Alabama

An Interview With Robyn L. Bridges, Vice-President

By Brian Weis


Looking to plan the perfect golf trip to Auburn-Opelika, Alabama? Planning a buddies trip or a romantic golf getaway can be a full time job not to mention pressure filled to deliver a memorable experience. Below is an interview with Robyn L. Bridges, Vice-President who shares some insider information about golfing and traveling to Auburn-Opelika, Alabama, must play courses, a sample itinerary and where you can go for more planning tools.

Give our readers an overview of your destination and why they should consider it for their next golf trip?
Auburn-Opelika is the proud home of Auburn University, Alabama's biggest, and the Robert Trent Jones Trail, the world's finest. It's the coolest college town in the South, according to us, and one of the top 10 cities in the US for small businesses, according to Forbes. Centrally located near Atlanta, Birmingham, and Montgomery, Auburn-Opelika is easy to get to and easy to love. With lodging facilities to suit any taste and budget, Auburn-Opelika is a perfect choice for a relaxing getaway. Opportunities for affordable and incomparable dining abound: sample the pecan-smoked chicken wings at Acre, the famous fried green tomatoes with shrimp at Hamilton's, or the grass-fed beef tenderloin at Amsterdam Café. Or maybe the 50-year-old secret family recipe of Mrs. Story's famous chili dogs is more your style! Complete your evening with cocktails at the sophisticated and intimate Avondale Bar & Tap Room in downtown Auburn or a craft beer at Red Clay Brewing Company in historic downtown Opelika. Plenty of shopping and diversions are available for the non-golfers in your group, or if you just need a break from the links. Both Auburn and Opelika feature downtown shopping districts full of eclectic boutiques offering assorted clothing, arts, and gifts you won't find anywhere else. Come experience our clean, safe, and vibrant community, where you can get toilet paper, lemonade, fine art, and foie gras all on the same block, and where it's still ok to walk downtown after dark.

What are the must play courses in Auburn-Opelika, Alabama?
ROBERT TRENT JONES GOLF TRAIL AT GRAND NATIONAL Built on 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee, 32 of the 54 holes drape along its filigreed shores. Grand National was ranked as the top public golf course in the 2009 Golf World Readers' Choice awards. The Links course was named by Golf Digest as the 2nd best new public course in America in 1993, followed by the Lake course as the 4th best. Both courses have also made the top 10 of Golf Digest's list of America's Top 50 Affordable Courses. The three courses at Grand National are also listed among the nation's 40 Super Value courses by Golf Digest's Places to Play.
Two 18-hole championship courses, Par 72; one 18-hole short course, Par 54

THE AUBURN UNIVERSITY CLUB
Home of the Auburn University Golf Team, this 18-hole, 7,326 yard championship golf course is situated on 225 acres of beautiful rolling hills and woodlands. Designed by Bill Bergin in 1999, the course surrounds the 25-acre Yarbrough Lake and is partly bordered by Saugahatchee Creek.
18-hole championship course, Par 72

AUBURN LINKS AT MILL CREEK
Auburn Links features large TifDwarf Bermuda grass greens and rolling fairways along Parkerson's Mill Creek. By taking advantage of the natural beauty already in place, Auburn Links has a scenic, yet fair layout for every golfer.

In February of 2008 Golf Digest recently presented Auburn Links with the 4 star award and Links Magazine once ranked the course third best among public courses in the Southeast Region. Also recently voted one of the "Best Golfing Values" in the South.
18-hole championship course, Par 72

MOORE'S MILL GOLF CLUB
Nestled in Southeastern Alabama's countryside is one of the South's most picturesque golf courses - Moore's Mill Golf Club. Designed by Day-Blalock, the golf course is carved throughout the rolling terrain, mature hardwoods and towering southern pines native to Eastern Alabama. Adding to the serenity and beauty of the course is the Moore's Mill Creek, which twists and turns throughout 15 of the 18 holes.

Moore's Mill features a versatile layout, offering just enough challenge for advanced golfers, while remaining player friendly for novice golfers. Strategy and placement are the keys to managing your game. Numerous bunkers and elevation changes along with the Moore's Mill creek will pose one hazard after another. You'll find pristine TifEagle greens, many with severe slope and undulations along with superbly conditioned, tree-lined fairways. An extensive practice area completes the facility with a chipping and putting area to fine-tune your game. 18-hole course, Par 72

INDIAN PINES GOLF COURSE
Indian Pines is an exciting 18 hole regulation course featuring Bermuda grass in the summer and Bent/Rye mix in the winter. From the longest tees it presents 6,213 yards of golf for a par of 71. The course rating is 68.8 with a slope rating of 119.

What is the hidden gem and/or best value course?
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National is by far the best golf value in the US. Avoid the crowds and peak-season rates of spring and take advantage instead of our best-kept secret: the lowest rates and best weather of the year happen in the fall! With mild temperatures year-round, we even find Northerners taking their December-January rounds in shorts!

Where can golfers go for more information to research and plan their trip?
Visit www.aotourism.com.



 

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Written By: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.


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