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4.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
81.3%
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4.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7668 yards
Slope 139
Rating 76.6

Course Details

Year Built 1993
Greens Bermuda Grass
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
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Accolades

Reviews

4.3
34 Reviews (34)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 7
Undulating Greens 6
This course/club is great for:
Playing Multiple Courses 8
Locals 7
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 7

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Reviews 254
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
Georgia Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Challenging course in very good condition

Played the River Course today. I have played the River several times and each time a leave the course I always say to myself, that was a lot of fun. I should come here and play more often. The course is in great condition. The rough was very manageable. The prior times I have played, the rough seemed to be a lot more penal, thick and much longer. The fairways are always wide and inviting. The greens are very large and just because you are on the green in regulation, does not guarantee a two putt and a par. The Greens are very large with lots of hills, and undulations which adds to the fun as well as the challenge. ALL the greens are raised so make sure to take one extra club on all your approach shots. The service, as always, was very good at the pro shop and all over the course. The practice facilities are top notch with everything you need to hone and sharpen your game.

There's no stop for a drink at the turn, and just a few water coolers on the course. Two of the coolers were out of water, so I was ready for a drink. It is best and advisable to bring your own Gatorade or water just to make sure you keep hydrated on the hot, humid summer days in Alabama.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 254
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Georgia Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun and Challenging course in very good condition

This was my first time playing the Highlands course at Hampton Cove. A few of the fairways were a little thin in areas but very playable. Lots of unfilled divots in the fairways. The course is overall, in great condition, and I had a great time. The course has tons of bunkers. The sand in the bunkers is a soft, powdery sand. The bunkers are a true “penalty” if you get in them. The greens were nice (smooth and quick) with lots of humps and bumps and undulations. The course plays long as all the greens are elevated (as are most Robert Trent Jones courses). Tip - play an extra club into each hole that looks flat, play two extra for anything that looks uphill. There are several holes which you really need to pay attention to you tee shot (or you will be in a hazard (water, bunker, etc.)). As do most Robert Trent Jones courses, the fairways all slope towards to the water, if there is water on the hole.
The fairways are generous and wide. The rough is fair and allows you to hit out and have a fair shot at reaching the green. This is a very fun and fair course to play. I would definitely play this course again. I defiantly recommend the Highlands course and if I am in the area again, I will definitely plan to play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 44
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Ball Marks and Powder Sand Traps

The views on the course are very welcoming. A course that you are excited when you are standing on the tees.

Fairways were a little thin in areas but very playable. Lots of unfilled divots. We emptied our sand buckets on the front nine.

The sand in the bunkers was powder and there was a lot of them. You couldn't get that "thump" sound that you want when you hit a bunker shot.

The greens were nice but riddled with unfixed ball marks. On average my foursome fixed 8 to 10 ball marks per hole, just to get a smooth line for our putts.

Tip - play an extra club into each hole that looks flat, play two extra for anything that looks uphill.

Rangers should pass out free drink tickets to one person every hour that they spot fixing more than one ball mark or filling divots in the fairways!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

RTJ Golf Trail Day #4

I played the Highlands Course at Hampton Cove with a friend on 11/05/20. This course has a lot of dogleg holes and is fairly flat except for hole #9 which is extremely up hill after your tee shot. The fairways are generous in width, but still require an accurate shot on some holes. On some holes big hitters will need to play for position, rather than “going for it”. There is some water in play on approximately 6 holes. The course offers 5 sets of tees and plays long. You should take one more club than you normally would hit. The greens were firm and fast. This is a very fair course to play. There is a nice restaurant / bar area and they do serve breakfast. The entire staff was very friendly and helpful. I purchased a yardage book, which was helpful, since this was our first time playing the course. I would definitely play this course again.

After playing the Highlands Course, we played the 18 Hole Short Course (Par 3’s). This is not your run of the mill par 3 course. This course offers 4 sets of tees with elevation changes. Any one of these holes could be used on the Highlands Course. The greens were firm and fast. The course also has sand traps and water that come into play on some holes. This course is no pushover and was a blast to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

River Course, Hampton Cove, Huntsville AL

Played the River Course on Sept 14th. Fairways were in so-so shape (bare spots), rough was very thick with no first cut next to the fairways. Greens were in mediocre shape as they had some bare spots and did not have consistent roll from green to green. Also the edges of the greens had a great deal of grass growing out into the greens proper. Fringe was cut correctly, which was nice. Service was very good at the pro shop. I will go to other RTJ courses in the future. Silver Lakes (RTJ)is MUCH better and the course is in excellent condition.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very nice course, challenging, not memorable

This RTJ course is very nice, but doesn't jump out at you as memorable. The course has no bunkers and lots of water. All (or virtually all) of the greens are elevated. This makes every approach shot that misses the green take an unfortunate bounce away from the hole/green. That got tiresome. If you're hitting greens, terrific. If you're just missing, you feel punished. The fairways similarly punish moderately offline shots with caroms into the water. This might be fine if you're good, but if you're mediocre, it can be frustrating.

Service was friendly. They could do better with drink service. There's no stop for a drink at the turn, no water on the course (COVID), and the drink cart was infrequent (2nd hole, 16th hole). Bring your own Gatorade!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Highlands good day.

We had a very pleasant day playing the Hoghlands course. Greens are fast. Fairways nice and wide. Great layout and a challenging track.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
4.0
Previously Played

Play Highlands. Avoid the River Course

The Highlands is great with bent grass greens and is a fair test. And I give it 5 stars. Even though the River has no sand, the Bermuda greens are severely elevated due to the course being flooded every time it rains. They also have severe undulations and there are many blind pin placements. The greens are sanded weekly on Tuesdays so avoid that day. Also, don’t play River for 2-3 days after a rain as the track will be soppy. I give it 3 stars so my overall rating is a 4 for the complex.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Ahhh Robert Trent

great courses..chips need to drop and stop on most greens for a smooth put, wide open fairways and always a great pace!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 254
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Georgia Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Course to Work on your Irons - Great Condition

This was my first time playing The Short Course at Hampton Cove. I had a great time and the course was lots of fun.
The short course is a par 60 with all par 3 holes. The greens were awesome and rolled true!! Just like all RTJ courses, the greens are quite big and it is easy to three putt if you are not in the correct portion of the green where the flag is.
The holes are all short but still fun and challenging. All the greens are elevated as are all RTJ courses.
Tee boxes, fairways, and bunkers were in awesome condition. Loved the layout and had tons of fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 52
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Great outing!

The shirt course played very well. The greens were awesome and rolled true!! The holes are challenging and played true to form for RTJ layout!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Top Notch!

An unplanned round while on vacation. Plenty of water to contend with. Greens consistent and little fast. Plenty of challenges, be it from the tips or forward tees. Loved it!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

1st course RJTTR

This was our first time and course on the RTJTR. We came up from south Florida. This time of year we usually get to play the very plush private course of south Florida for about $40. This was a nice change for the different types of grass. . We enjoyed playing Hampton Cove.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Championship course especially with the heather

Above level of the amateurs, especially with the traps & water hazards..

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 262
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

One of the great challenges for a facility boasting 36 holes is to make each course stand alone and not blend into each other. Hampton Cove's two tracks pass this test with flying colors. The River Course uses the old-line design philosophy of moving dirt to create raised greens and tees and disturbing little else. Don't be fooled, however. The River Course lies in the flood plain of the Flint River and water hazards must be navigated on 16 of the 18 holes. The River Course also is unique in that it is the only course on the RTJ Trail without a single bunker. Today, however, I played the Highlands Course, a rolling track that features dramatic elevation changes in contrast to the River Course. Unlike most Trail courses, The Highlands plays through a neighborhood, but the homes do not detract from the holes. The first three holes play in an open, windswept plain before heading uphill into the hardwoods for three holes before emerging into the majority of the course, which surrounds a large body of water. These holes are exposed and on windy days like today, club selection is critical. My advice to players taking on this course is don't be hung up on a yardage number. For example if you are 150 yards out, and that is an 8-iron normally, pull a 7. Otherwise, Prideful players' scorecards will take a beating on holes 7-8, 10-12, and 16-17. The bent greens were a little furry on the first four holes but were much better on the back. The bunkers were excellent and consistent throughout. The course drained well despite the amount of rain we've had recently. Nos. 4-6 is one of my favorite three-hole stretches on the Trail, punctuated by the landmark old mule barn on the fifth. Here is my best tip, other than clubbing, for this course: Jones did an excellent job here of disguising the size of the landing areas on the greens. From the approach zones in the fairway, many of the pins will look perilously close to the front, back or a hazard. I felt like several of my approach shots were going to be pretty close based upon what I could see after hitting the shot, only to find them 15-20 feet away when I arrived at the green. Trust that you have more room to work with than it appears. Also, pay close attention to the hole map on the scorecard. Not all trouble is visible from the tee, like the small creek that crosses the fairway on the fifth hole. All in all, the Highlands Course, and Hampton Cove as a whole, is a bit out of the way from the most talked-about core sites on the Trail in Birmingham, Prattville and Opelika. Yet, it is courses like the Highlands that show the Trail's depth and a player doesn't see the true majesty of the Trail if they are bypassed.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout

Great course. Greens were recently punched so slow and inconsistent was to be expected. Tee boxes, fairways, and bunkers were in great shape. Loved the layout and never played a RTJ course I didn't like.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Outstanding Course & Professional/Friendly Staff

We booked a Noon tee time on Golf Now. Maddy checked us in at Pro Shop & she was friendly, professional & helpful. The course was in very good shape with beautiful layout. Traps & Fairways in great shape. The course is fair to an average golfer yet could be very challenging from the tips. Steve & other managers in the Pro Shop went out of their way to make us feel at home.

Looking forward to returning in July with a group of 12 to play both courses.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

FABULOUS RTJ COURSE!

I love playing at Hampton Cove. The short course is an excellent course for walking (how I get my exercise). I have played 4 of the other RTJ courses. Alabama golf is the best value in the nation, compared to Florida and South Carolina where I have played.

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