Grand National, by all reports, was the single greatest site for a golf complex Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had ever seen. 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.
With twelve holes hugging the shore of Lake Saugahatchee, the Lake course is one of the most scenic courses you can find. Not only is the quartet of par threes as good as any in the nation, the 230-yard island green fifteenth hole may be the single prettiest hole on the Trail.
The cornerstone of the complex is the Links course, which is without a single weakness. The par-four eighteenth hole is without a doubt one of the strongest finishing holes on the Trail. The drive must carry a corner of the lake, while the approach is played to a pedestal green.
3000 Robert Trent Jones Trail
Opelika, AL 36801