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Ross Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 8,191 yards

Bermuda grass

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Ross Golf Course


The 18-hole "Ross" course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail At Ross Bridge facility in Birmingham, Alabama features 8,191 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Designed by Roger Rulewich, ASGCA/Bobby Vaughan, the Ross golf course opened in 2005. SunBelt Golf Corporation manages this facility, with Chip Purser as the Director of Golf.

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Reviewed June 15, 2022

Birmingham Alabama has a lot of options for golfers, both residents, and visitors. There are nearly 40 public, private and municipal courses within a 20-mile radius of downtown Birmingham, including the infamous Shoal Creek Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus which has hosted a couple of PGA Championships, as well as several courses accessible to the public. Arguably, none are as fine as Ross Bridge and the two championship courses at Oxmoor Valley.

Ross Bridge and Oxmoor Valley are part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the largest golf course construction project ever attempted. The trail was the brainchild of Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama whose “build it and they will come” mentality paid off.

The RTJ Golf Trail consists of 469 holes of championship golf on 26 golf courses at 11 sites across the state of Alabama. Some sites have multiple 18-hole layouts, others offer several 9-hole courses. Some are executive-length courses, some will make the best golfers in the world cringe. Some are affiliated with neighboring hotels, some are stand-alone. But one thing they all have in common is that they were designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr and use the natural topography of the land. Whether you’re playing one of the many championship layouts or a “short course,” all are immaculately maintained!

Over the years I have had the opportunity to play several of the RTJ Trail courses and ultimately my goal is to play them all. Ross Bridge is my favorite and has been for many years. From the back (Black) tees, Ross Bridge plays 8,191 yards and is one of the longest golf courses in the world; thankfully there is more than one set of tees. In fact, there are 5 sets of tees offering several manageable distances: Purple (7,446), Orange (6,783), White (6,200), and Teal (5,312). It was cart path only the day we played so we opted for White, not that perfect weather would have made any difference!

The first two holes can either make your day or have you looking for the beverage cart early in the round. Ross Bridge starts you off with one of my favorite holes. The Par 5, 1st hole plays 511 yards and is handicapped #3 for men and #1 for women. The large pond that comes into play on your layup and approach shots creates somewhat of a double dogleg and makes you choose between carrying your layup shot over the water or laying up short of it. Either way, you’re looking at an uphill/blind approach shot into an elevated green guarded in front by two large, cavernous bunkers.

After your uphill climb from the first green to the second tee box, you’ll be happy to know that the 2nd hole is significantly downhill and, from the White tees, Number 2 plays a mere 322 yards. It’s a dogleg left with trees and sand at the corner of the dogleg that can be carried with a good drive. Most players opt for something less than a driver off the tee and play their shot slightly right of the left-hand fairway bunker. It’s a safe strategy unless you hit it too far and go through the fairway. Success off the tee will leave a short pitch into one of Ross Bridge’s smallest greens guarded on the right by sand and left and long by that pond you dealt with on the first hole. Pars or better on both of these holes will have your day off to a great start.

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail offers some incredible Stay & Play packages. The Renaissance Ross Bridge offers golfers the chance to relax in the style and comfort associated with the Renaissance Hotel group. Each room and suite is equipped with elegant furnishings, luxurious bedding, and a private balcony that offers astonishing views of Alabama’s hilly countryside. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, dinner, or something in between, you have several dining venues on the property to choose from including Brock's, The Clubhouse Restaurant, and JT's Lounge. Other hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness center and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. There is also a full-service spa to help you rejuvenate after tackling those monster links.

For more information on these or any of the other amazing properties along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, visit them online


Beverages Available Cart Included Challenging Club Rentals Food Available Friendly Staff Good For Beginners Great Deal Pro Shop Putting Green Quick Pace Scenic Well Maintained
Reviewed October 07, 2013

Reviewed August 13, 2012

best course around

Reviewed April 04, 2012

Easily the best course I've played. Just being on such a well kept course is worth the price. Every hole has unique challenges that make the play here always enjoyable and never repetitive. I can't wait to go back.

Reviewed November 05, 2011

Do yourself a favor and go play this course. A+ in every way. Fantastic layout- literally not a bland hole on the course. Perfectly manicured fairways and tee boxes. Perfect bent greens. All you can ask for...

Reviewed October 20, 2010

One of the finest Golf Courses in the country. A truly unforgettable experience for any golfer

Reviewed January 17, 2010

The best public course in Alabama

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  • Latest Scores
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 kenneth K. N/A 72 72 05/15/12
2 Lawson M. 15 89 73 04/27/19
3 Zeke P. 11 86 75 03/18/10
4 Dave B. 16 91 75 04/12/08
5 mike M. 11 86 75 04/02/08
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
2 Lawson M. 15 89 73 04/27/19
2 Lawson M. 6 82 75 04/20/18

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About Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail At Ross Bridge

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail At Ross Bridge

Resort and Community facility

Managed by SunBelt Golf Corporation

50 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

Awards at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail At Ross Bridge

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Tournaments of Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail At Ross Bridge

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Course Staff

Chip Purser, Director of Golf
Dominic Diaz, Head Golf Professional
Josh Dyer, Superintendent

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