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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.7
95.2%
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61 out of 67 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7311 yards
Slope 142
Rating 75.2

Course Details

Year Built 1993
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1993) Roger Rulewich (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $20
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill

Available Facilities

Spa

Accolades

Reviews

4.6
67 Reviews (67)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 10
Bunkers 9
Elevation Changes 9
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 9
Advanced Golfers 8
Group Getaways 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 8

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Reviews 30
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

2021 RTJ #5

I played the Links Course at Grand National with a friend on 11/18/21. Don’t let the name fool you, it is not a links style course by any means. This course is probably my favorite of the two courses at Grand National. This course has a lot of water / marsh in play and seems to have more doglegs than the Lake course. A lot of ninety-degree doglegs. The sixth hole is an amazing par five that requires three accurate shots with the third going over a marsh, unless you are going for the green in two. The last hole is unbelievable, with the lake on the left. It requires a long tee shot that will help cut the yardage down for you second shot. That shot is all carry over marsh and huge boulders. This course is stunning, and I would play it again in a heartbeat. The only complaint I would have, is it took us five hours plus to play eighteen holes. As luck would have it (sarcasm) we got stuck behind the same two groups and they held us up the day before.

I played the Short Course at Grand National with a friend on 11/17/21 and 11/18/21 before playing the Lake and Links courses. This course offers four sets of tees to choose from. This course is outstanding to play with many of the holes either bordering or crossing Lake Saugahatchee. The greens rolled perfect and a lot of contours to them. It is very scenic and was a blast to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

2021 RTJ #4

I played the Lake Course at Grand National with a friend on 11/17/21. Very pretty course. The first hole sorts of sets the stage on the rest of the round. It’s a short dogleg left par four, that you either lay up in front of the sand trap or try to go over; but can’t go too long because of the lake in front of the green. The drive over Lake Saugahatchee, to get to the tenth tee is an amazing. The last four holes are my favorite. A par three all over water, a short dogleg right par four, that requires your second shot over a marsh, another par three with water on the left and over; the last hole is an up-hill par four. It is an amazing course. The only complaint I would have, is it took us five hours plus to play eighteen holes. We got stuck behind two groups and they held up the whole course behind us. I realize it’s a resort type setting, and the staff needs to be weary of upsetting people paying good money to play there, but it does not make it fun for the rest of us. See review for the Links course for more.

I played the Short Course at Grand National with a friend on 11/17/21 and 11/18/21 before playing the Lake and Links courses. This course offers four sets of tees to choose from. This course is outstanding to play with many of the holes either bordering or crossing Lake Saugahatchee. The greens rolled perfect and a lot of contours to them. It is very scenic and was a blast to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 78
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Alabama Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Extreme rough

We played the Links on our second morning of our golf trip. The greens are perfect. The layout is scenic and fun; I enjoyed a few of the shorter shot placement holes. However, our entire foursome agreed the length of the Bermuda rough (4-6") is overly punitive for a non-tourney outing without spotters. Many balls were lost even though the landings were approximately 10 yards or less from the fairway. Approaches that missed the green were troublesome to find even being only a few yards off the fringe. I enjoyed the course as a whole, but the length of the rough definitely infringed on what otherwise would have been an enjoyable round. We don't mind being penalized for shots that don't find the fairway but when one can't find a ball in a 10-yard diameter circle it becomes frustrating and unenjoyable.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 78
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Alabama Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Perfect

The course is in perfect condition. Greens are awesome and roll true. The pin placements were set for Sunday tourney with many just not gettable. I would venture to say at least 1/3 of the pins didn't even look like they were on the green from our approaches, but this may have been because there was a scramble tourney scheduled the following day. It is a challenging and scenic course. The slope and rating seems to be unfairly low for this course; I would say it is comparable to many of the other lower half Trail sites with ratings of 70+ and slopes >130. We played the orange tees and enjoyed the challenge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/29/2021

I could not agree more with your comment about the rating and slope being so low on the Lake Course. I didn't realize it until I was entering my scores and the handicap system questioned my final score.

Played On
Reviews 79
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Tennessee Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Nice course...long par 4s...fast greens

This was my second day at RTJ GrandNational. The Lakes course was easier to play than the Links Course but still a very good challenge. Again, the fairways are generous and the greens are easier to approach as only a few are elevated unlike the Links. I didn't like starting off the 1st hole with a 5 wood as anything over 185 would be in water. But the course makes up for that short hole with 2 very long par 4s on 11 and 13. The card has them at 387 and 388 from the Orange tees but today's set up had them at 400+ each. Then there is the par 3 15th at 182 with all carry over water. In between is the par 5, 14th with a generous fairway but bunkers on the left half strategically placed to catch your drive, second, and approach if not handled well.

Once on the greens, putting is fast. Like the Links there are some challenging greens with multiple tiers. The par 4 9th hole has a wide green with 3 tiers. Most others have slopes you navigate but nothing penal.

A nice course and a nice layout. If you want a serious challenge, pick the Links. If you want a more comfortable round, pick the Lakes.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 79
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Tennessee Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fairly easy to hit the fairway...really difficult to hit the greens

Grand National is acclaimed as one of the better destinations on the RTJ Golf Trail. Two 18-hole course plus a really nice 18-hole short course made; all par 3s.

The Links Course is a traditional Southern course--pine trees left and right, and all around. The only similarly to a links is the 9th hole doesn't bring you back to the clubhouse. Other than that, not a links layout. Regardless, it is a fine layout.

The fairways are reasonably wide and fairly easy to hit. Several holes have bunkering just in the right spot to trap an errant shot but otherwise, fair.

Your approaches are a different story. Almost every green is elevated and most are well-guarded with bunkers. Often the bunkering is in front of avaliable pin placements so that a solid carry is required.... or you aim for center of the green and then test your putting.

Two greens were particularly challenging. On the par 4, 7th, there is a 3-tier green. Hit the wrong tier and you will have a very difficult putt, especially if you land on the high side of a lower tier pin. Mine hit the middle tier and putting downhill it was impossible to not putt through the green (believe me, after a 3-putt, I tried 6 times and every time it passed the hole and onto the fringe. The par 4 closing hole, 18th green is 3 tiers too but this one is 3 tiers wide with a normal depth--left to right the green is easily 70 yards wide. But by in large, the greens hold, are fair, and roll well.

There were only two holes I didn't like...the 4th and 13th, both par 4s. They are the types of holes you need to squeeze into a layout because you are running out of land. Both a 90° dogleg left. I hate these because I am not long enough to cut the corner but was too long (at least on one) to not run out of fairway at the end of the bend. Unless you have good yardage from tee to runout, these holes seem to always trip me up.

The Links is a nice course, plays longer than the card because of the elevated tees, and was fun to play. Tomorrow brings the Lake Course and another view of Grand National.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 29
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 44
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Always check the weather

The course is exceptional. Rolling terrain gives you some interesting shots. Lots of decisions to make. Greens are very nice. Bunkers are many but the sand is great to hit out of. You can see where RTJ staff is working to improve drainage. The course takes a few days to recover from any rainfall and 2 of the 5 times we've played here over the last 8 years on our golf trips, the course was cart path only. So check weather & call ahead. Walking this course is a test!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Disappointed

3 holes open ahead of the ‘lead’ group and no action from marshals. In the end had to skip 2holes to get in front and be able to finish before sunset!
Paid via Golf now but then extra taxes levied at the course.
Pro shop staff quite unfriendly in contrast to the cart guys and starter.
Shame from a place with such potential.
Will not return or recommend to friends

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played

RTJ Grand National

Beautiful course. Excellent tiered greens. Nice layout with some elevation changes and water. Great bunkering. Superb practice greens. Play where the pros played the Barbasol Championship. Multi-level greens make putting a premium. Plenty to do in the area. Auburn University is nearby.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

A treat to play at the Grand National

A fun round with many interesting and challenging holes. Great practice facility.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

A Gem. Our favorite of the three Grand National Courses

Expected little, to nothing, out of this "par 3" course but ended up loving it. A great collection of holes that utilized the lake for numerous holes. Do not skip when at the Grand National

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

As good a value as you will ever find!

Great track thats challenging and very enjoyable. Par 3's are interesting with a great variety amongst all other holes. Definitely a must play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Course

Nice layout with generous landing areas. No blind shots that I noticed . It had rained heavily the day before but there was only minor standing water on the course. It was cart path only but not bad. The bunkers are in great shape. There was no water in any bunker I saw and perfect sand.I would make the drive from Atlanta area again to play here. I played the lake course but want to try the links course as well.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun but difficult

Second Location on the RTJ trail , a lot tougher than the Shoals but enjoyed it a lot. Difficult approach shots. Didn’t score well but would definitely come back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful but tough

First time at Grand National fun course but demanding. Lots of risk reward shots, I felt I came out lucky with a 102. Will definitely play here again, playing the links course today, driver may stay in the bag and try to stay out of trouble

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Minnesota Advisor
First Time Playing

RTJ Grand National Lake Course

As a MN native, I have seen billboards as far north as MN advertising the RTJ trail. I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to play the Grand National. It was warm, humid and very peaceful. I played as a single and took my time to enjoy the smells, views and staff members that would visit during my round. The tees, fairways and rough were perfect. The greens were a bit sandy from recent aeration. This course is very pleasing to the eyes. It is rolling and tree lined. It is not tight but there are some strategic landing areas you need to be cognizant of. Barber poles are there to assist you with aiming. No gps or yardage books that I could find. But, at least each tee box had an official distance marker so you could use the math to determine club selection off the tee. The greens are split into 3 pin locations. As big as the greens are, look at your pin guide. A was a club to club and a half short on several pins. Long putts are not fun with the greens sloping. At about the 8th hole, I started adjusting distances to the pin making putts more tolerable. I played at 3pm for $46. This was ridiculous, I felt like s stole something. I hope to play more of the RTJ courses in the years to come. Enjoy my photos. I loved the staff too, the pro shop, bag drop guys and the Marshall were very pleasant and made my experience memorable.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/08/2019

Thanks for the reviews, I'm badging you a Local Golf Advisor. Keep it up!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Course

Always have a fun time playing. Staff is always on top of your needs as you play. Love the Red Clay Beer available.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Spectacular Lake Setting

Played the day before to get to know the course so this round was more fun in terms of somewhat knowing the course. Great course for both men and women with a great pro shop and staff. The course is set on a beautiful lake setting and is a challenging layout. The course was in great condition and the greens rolled beautifully. This is worth the trip from the Atlanta area where I from and is only a 2 hour drive. The Marriott that is part of the complex offers great dining and lodging options. We had a great time on a truly memorable course and are already planning a return trip!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 108
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Missouri Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

2hr 15min round!

Played this course a few years ago on a Saturday morning the day before heading to Augusta for Masters Sunday. Was a little hung over from a night out on Auburns campus the night before and had the very first tee time at 700am. It was just me and my buddy and they had a full tee sheet so we got paired with two others. Fortunately they didn't get up in time so they sent us out by ourselves at 700 with fresh dew on the ground. It was a really peaceful round with no noise and noone else on the course. Loved the layout, the course, the greens, etc. It felt like it was a shot makers course and you had to use the right club and hit your spots. We got done at around 915 and the guy washing clubs thought we were getting ready to play until we told him we were done. He said it's usually at least 11 before he washes any clubs, so he had to get his rags and water ready. Haha. Would love to play it again as well as the other courses on site.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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