Ross Bridge (RTJGT)

4000 Grand Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama, 35226
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
(205) 949-3085
Architect: Robert Trent Jones Sr. (204)
                      
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Detailed description of Ross Bridge (RTJGT)

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge is just two miles from the existing 54-hole complex at Oxmoor Valley in Birmingham.

This is an 18 hole course that sprawls over 330 acres and stretching almost 8,200 yards from the back tees, Ross Bridge is big and brawny, yet inviting to golfers of all skill levels. Ross Bridge plays host to the annual Regions Charity Classic presented by Bruno's Supermarkets.

The course meanders through indigenous landscape and around the 262-room Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa. Designed for tournament play, Ross Bridge is symbolic of an old parkland style course. Ten holes play along the banks of two man-made lakes connected by a spectacular waterfall dropping 80 feet between the ninth and eighteenth greens. A gristmill added to the waterfall reflects the history of this old mining site. The beauty and challenge of each hole leads many to believe there is not one signature hole but multiple signature holes.

Like many other Trail courses, the par three holes are incredible. Considerable elevation change combines with water or other natural obstructions to get your attention. Large putting surfaces provide many tempting pin locations that will test one's approach shots as well as their touch with the flat stick. But do not misunderstand the par 4s and 5s are just as good.

The par 5 seventh crosses a ridge high above the rest of the course. The 487 yard par 4 eighteenth is arguably the toughest and most beautiful finishing hole on the Trail, with water down the entire right side and the waterfall cascading between the ninth and eighteenth greens.

This course has been reviewed 9 times
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Chula Vista, CA

$126 (cart included), played on Friday, May 2019 at 7:00 AM

Ross Bridge is the signature course on the Robert Trent Jones Trail. It is more expensive at around $140 when compared to around $85 for other Trail courses. It is worth it, Yes! This is an amazing site as they seemed to have purchase twice the amount of land that is normally needed to build a golf course. Every hole is immense with wide fairways and lots of room around the entire hole. The vistas are impressive with views of huge lakes, rolling fairways, and the dense trees around the perimeter of the site. The course was in perfect shape with fast and very smooth greens, perfect bunkers, and bermuda fairways that were pure like putting greens. The staff is great too! We made this our final round of our 9 round Trail experience and what a great way to end the trip. Note: the back tees can stretch to about 8,000 yards so take a good look at the scorecard before choosing tee boxes. We picked orange at 6800 yards or so and that was very enjoyable. (This is the one RTJ Trail site with only one course but the Oxmoor Valley site is only a mile away with two 36 hole excellent layouts)

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Expensive and worth it
 
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Rank ID # : 029533
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Alpharetta, GA

$76 (cart included), played on Thursday, August 2016 at 8:09 PM

LOVE. THIS. COURSE. The Staff are the nicest and truly want to be of help. Nice touch having an ambassador bring chilled towels a couple of times per side since it was in the mid 90's. I played this course twice in Aug and just love the layout. Challenging hills and pretty. Course is in great shape except a few greens had some burnt spots but rolled fast. I played the best round of my life there last week so that score card (77) is being saved! I will be back for sure! Love the hotel too!

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 028386
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Arlington Heights, IL

$56 (cart included), played on Tuesday, March 2012 at 10am

One of the better RJ courses. We were treated like we just entered a private club. Great experience and value.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 018369
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Tampa, FL

$101 (cart included), played on Friday, May 2012 at 6am

We travel every year to play this course and stay at the Ross Bridge resort. Best course around and great accommodations. 25 minutes to the Birmingham airport and nightlife. 2 other RTJ courses within 5 minutes. 3 others within 1 hours drive. Great golf trip destination.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 017708
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Rapid City, SD

$126 (cart included), played on Sunday, April 2011 at 10am

Great course but not worth the price difference over the other RTJ courses. The staff was ok, but not nearly as excellent as other Trail courses. We have played all the trail courses except for Lakewood and had saved this for last. Great course, fun to play, but I would not pay for this one again. Too many others that are great at a better price. I am glad I played, but is a one time affair.

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
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Rank ID # : 014285
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Rapid City, SD

$126 (cart included), played on Sunday, April 2011 at 10am

Great course but not worth the price difference over the other RTJ courses. The staff was ok, but not nearly as excellent as other Trail courses. We have played all the trail courses except for Lakewood and had saved this for last. Great course, fun to play, but I would not pay for this one again. Too many others that are great at a better price. I am glad I played, but is a one time affair.

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
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Rank ID # : 014284
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West Chester, OH

Do Not Recall (cart included), played on Saturday, April 2011 at 6am

Played as part of 3-day golf trip as part of group, so do not know the specific price for this course. I am confident it is toward the upper end of the ranges from which one can choose. We played this course twice on Saturday, and enjoyed it both times. Very enjoyable layout, looks like it is wide open, but there are plenty of ways to get in trouble if your shot is off line (or short, on par 3s). I would definitely recommend this as one of the best on the RTJ Trail courses, and there are some outstanding courses included there. This is the second trip our group has taken to play RTJ Trail courses, and I suspect it will not be the last.

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 013961
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Brandon, MS

$76 (cart included), played on Friday, March 2009 at noon

AWESOME....will play again in near future. This course will be in excellent shape by the time the Regions Senior tournament arrives in town.

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 006531
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La Mesa, CA

$101 (cart included), played on Wednesday, April 2008 at 10am

This course is one of the best on the Robert Trent Jones Trail. Although this course is priced higher than the rest on the Trail, it is definitely a treat to play. It is a big feeling course, but doesn't play excessively long. There are over 8 mi of cart path, soit takes a while to get around all 18 holes. Beautiful views around the lake.

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 002808
5.0/5
Based on 9 reviews
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