Recommendations for the Auburn, AL area?

Just wondering if anybody here could provide any info on affordable golf in the Auburn area; anywhere within 20 or so miles. Husband just accepted a job there, so looks like we are relocating. Thanks!
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A year or so ago; Golf Digest listed Auburn, AL as one of the top places in the southeast for golf. Get a Robert Trent Jones trail card and play at Grand National. Great facilitiy and layout!
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RTT is 1st class all the way. par 3 course is excellent. the Lakes (18) is playable and enjoyable. The Links (18) on the other hand is a real tough track. I remember "back in the day" the Sr. Tour dropped in to scout the Links for maybe hosting a tourny and promptly said "hmmmm, can't really get too many fans in here, yada, yada" but word is they didn't want to show up thier players.
Indian Pines (Auburn) is a short, but well maintained course that gets alot of traffic, mostly the college crowd, but the staff is friendly and the people are usually always willing to hook up if you don't have a tee time
Auburn Links is a course inside a neighborhood, but you really can't tell except on a few holes. I really like the layout. good combo of long, short, forced carry and open shots, too. I like to think one will everyone of thier clubs in a round here. The fees are reasonable but sometimes the greens get little burn spots in them in the dog days of summer. bent greens and extrememe heat don't get along, I beleieve.
There are more courses in Auburn, too but those three are the ones I've played the most (and in my budget)
Just north on 85N there is Overlook golf links in LaGrange, GA (20 minutes at most) super friendly and open layout off the tees, but challenges you on approaches. Has a lot of variety all the way through, you won't get bored even you play it over and over. Lots of hills and bumps that make it interesting. It is tough to find, but well worth taking the trip up the road.
Columbus, GA has a few nice courses as well, but it's been years since I've played there.
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Excellent, thanks for the info guys!!
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Golf in Auburn begins and ends with the RTJ Grand National facility. I was in school at AU when they opened the RTJ facility there and it is superb. The NCAA played some championship events there, and I believe that the (then) Nike Tour played their Tour Championship there for a couple years.
Auburn Links is a very nice track, too. Decent practice facility and a good layout. The greens can get burnt out, since Auburn is about as far south as anyone would want to go to put in bent grass greens. When I was in school and playing there alot, they were very diligent about watering the greens during the day to keep them cool. 12, 13, 14, 15 are a great sequence of holes, and the first hole is a decent challenge right out of the gate.
Saugahatchee Country Club is a beautiful private course that (at least back in the early '90s) hosted a pretty big collegiate tournament (the Billy Hitchcock Invitational).
Indian Pines is a decent muni; and like many muni's it has some semi-mickey mouse holes where they had to shoehorn the course into a small patch of real estate.
-MrB
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RTT is 1st class all the way. par 3 course is excellent. the Lakes (18) is playable and enjoyable. The Links (18) on the other hand is a real tough track. I remember "back in the day" the Sr. Tour dropped in to scout the Links for maybe hosting a tourny and promptly said "hmmmm, can't really get too many fans in here, yada, yada" but word is they didn't want to show up thier players.
Indian Pines (Auburn) is a short, but well maintained course that gets alot of traffic, mostly the college crowd, but the staff is friendly and the people are usually always willing to hook up if you don't have a tee time
Auburn Links is a course inside a neighborhood, but you really can't tell except on a few holes. I really like the layout. good combo of long, short, forced carry and open shots, too. I like to think one will everyone of thier clubs in a round here. The fees are reasonable but sometimes the greens get little burn spots in them in the dog days of summer. bent greens and extrememe heat don't get along, I beleieve.
There are more courses in Auburn, too but those three are the ones I've played the most (and in my budget)
Just north on 85N there is Overlook golf links in LaGrange, GA (20 minutes at most) super friendly and open layout off the tees, but challenges you on approaches. Has a lot of variety all the way through, you won't get bored even you play it over and over. Lots of hills and bumps that make it interesting. It is tough to find, but well worth taking the trip up the road.
Columbus, GA has a few nice courses as well, but it's been years since I've played there.
I agree with everything you said. Just wanted to add Orchard Hills in Newnan, GA about 45 min to an hour from Auburn up I-85 and of course Montgomery has quite a few very nice courses and it is about 30 min down I-85. If you want other options outside of Auburn.
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wherever you end up playing just make sure you wear crimson and instead of yelling "FORE" yell "ROLL TIDE"!
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wherever you end up playing just make sure you wear crimson and instead of yelling "FORE" yell "ROLL TIDE"!
If you take this advice - we'll have to run down hospital options, too, lol!!
WAR EAGLE! '90
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Thank you so much, all!
Placebo - Hehehe!! I'm sure that would go over just great... see how fast I can make myself persona non grata!
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Thanks again for the advice, all! Indian Pines is just a couple miles from here, and definitely in our price range lol, so that may be our new "home" course. However, my husband is absolutely miserable with his new job unfortunately, so this relocation may not work out for long, here...
ETA: Well, talk about timing... they just fired my husband. But, not as bad as it sounds-- actually gave him a good severance package considering the short time he was employed, and he has an interview back in Orlando next week; a few places down there are showing interest in him. I may end up staying here myself, though, if a University job comes through for me.
ETA AGAIN: I am back up at Auburn working for the University; so, all recommendations still welcome!
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Auburn has many great courses. The obvious first choice is the Robert Trent Jones Trail at Grand National (Public), with two championship courses and what was at one time the best par 3 course in the country. Also there is the Auburn University Club (Private), a Bill Bergin design that is fantastic and has held many USGA qualifiers and is where the Auburn Team's practice facility is. Auburn Links (Public) is a pretty good track, you need all the shots in the bag, and is usually in pretty decent condition. Moore's Mill GC (Private) is now a private course that is in very good condition and well managed. Also Indian Pines is a great course, probably the best choice for the money, which requires several difficult shots and can be very easy or difficult depending on the weather.
Hope this helps!!
And War Eagle and welcome to the Auburn family!
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Auburn is where I went to school. Our home courses were RTJ, Auburn Links and Saugahatchee. AU Club and Moores Mill were finished right after I was done there. I loved playing Saugahatchee the most. I don't think it's too expensive to join. I was a member of the AU Club for a while, it's a good course too. The golf team's official home is now the AU Club where they have their own facilities and clubhouse complete with coaching offices, locker rooms, player's lounge, heated hitting bays... I was down there last summer for a golf team reunion tournament and got a tour of the place, it was impressive for sure.
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You're getting some excellent observations; spot on. I live in Auburn. One note: If you play Indian Pines and want to warm up, you can't hit anything over about a 5 iron. Their range is too short. On the RTJ course, I personally prefer the Lakes over the Links, but both are nice. Just played there last week and the fairways and greens were in excellent shape.
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Nice to see some other AU grads here.
The Auburn Links was my favorite course when I was in school. Indian Pines was actually decent for the price. Did they ever get the clubhouse rebuilt? It burned down around the time I graduated (2006). I didn't play the RTJ all that much, considering I was a broke college student then.
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The Indian Pines clubhouse burned down? That sucks. The only time we would play there as a team was to set the target score for the walk-ons once a year. But I would play there on my own some, it's a fun course. I loved being in Auburn, great town. All of this Auburn talk has me hungry for a chicken finger box at Guthrie's!
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Nice to see some other AU grads here.
The Auburn Links was my favorite course when I was in school. Indian Pines was actually decent for the price. Did they ever get the clubhouse rebuilt? It burned down around the time I graduated (2006). I didn't play the RTJ all that much, considering I was a broke college student then.
They did. It's very nice, albeit small.
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The clubhouse did indeed burn down. From what I understood it was the same arsonist who hit the churches throughout Alabama. The new clubhouse is very much upgraded. It is awesome!!! TMiller when did you play in Auburn? I was on the team in 2004-2005. I could definitely go for some Guthrie's myself! Or a Mamma's Love, or maybe some Niffers!
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Nice to see some other AU grads here.
The Auburn Links was my favorite course when I was in school. Indian Pines was actually decent for the price. Did they ever get the clubhouse rebuilt? It burned down around the time I graduated (2006). I didn't play the RTJ all that much, considering I was a broke college student then.
They did. It's very nice, albeit small.
That's good. Haven't been able to get back since I graduated. I'm going back for A-Day this year, so I'll try and drive by and check it out.
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I don't know about you guys, but I'm a little optimistic about the team this year. I know its a new coach with (mostly) new assistants, and all, but I'm still thinking they will be pretty decent...of course I am pretty biased and I say this every year.
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Can't help but be optimistic with the coaching staff Chizik has put together. Malzahn, Luper, and Trooper Taylor are all great coaches and superb recruiters. I think we're going to see some of the best offenses Auburn has ever seen. Getting DeAngelo Benton on signing day was a huge surprise, and he's got the ability to come in and make a difference as a freshman.
Now let's all cross our fingers and hope Oku signs with Auburn.
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The clubhouse did indeed burn down. From what I understood it was the same arsonist who hit the churches throughout Alabama. The new clubhouse is very much upgraded. It is awesome!!! TMiller when did you play in Auburn? I was on the team in 2004-2005. I could definitely go for some Guthrie's myself! Or a Mamma's Love, or maybe some Niffers!
1993-1994, I transfered in from Central Alabama CC. Jimmy Green and Ricky Smallridge have started up a AU Golf Letterman's club, if you want to PM me your name and address I can pass it on to Jimmy to get you on the mailing list.
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The Indian Pines clubhouse burned down? That sucks. The only time we would play there as a team was to set the target score for the walk-ons once a year. But I would play there on my own some, it's a fun course. I loved being in Auburn, great town. All of this Auburn talk has me hungry for a chicken finger box at Guthrie's!
Why? Are you hungover? That was a great box of grease! Indian Pines was a nice affordable course and you can't go wrong with the other suggestions of RTJ and Auburn Links. But how can you guys not mention Pin Oaks down US 29?!
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Guthrie's was a staple on Sunday's after a few too many the night before. Fortunately I never had to play Pin Oaks.
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actually I did do Pin Oaks once...
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Guthrie's was a staple on Sunday's after a few too many the night before. Fortunately I never had to play Pin Oaks.
It definitely was. I always got extra toast!
actually I did do Pin Oaks once...
That was a scary course...I saw something online that said it wasn't open. Bad even for a hacker!
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Well it was strange, on about 14 or 15, the fairway had grass on it instead of clover, so I was a little confused as to what to do!! Although there isn't a whole lot better than going to a course where you really don't care how you play with a nice big cooler full of "kool-aid"
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And speaking of Guthrie's. Did y'all know that the guy who started Guthries has a son that is a really good player that I believe lives in Opelika, and has always been good in the AGA Events.
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You're talking about Joe I assume? I've played a lot with Joe. Good player and a great guy.
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Well it was strange, on about 14 or 15, the fairway had grass on it instead of clover, so I was a little confused as to what to do!! Although there isn't a whole lot better than going to a course where you really don't care how you play with a nice big cooler full of "kool-aid"
That was to give you just a small feeling for being on a regular course!
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yea Joe is a great guy, I've played with him a couple of times in AGA tourneys.