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Where is the RTJ golf trail located?

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The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a collection of 26 public golf courses at 11 sites throughout Alabama. It includes two courses in Birmingham, one in Mobile and one outside of Montgomery.

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Nine of the courses were designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. before he died in 2000. Two more courses opened in 2005. Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge are the two courses in Birmingham. Mobile is host to Magnolia Grove.

The concept for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail came in the 1980's from David Bronner, chief executive officer of the Retirement Systems of Alabama. Bronner's plan was to use the Trail's courses as assets for Alabama's pension fund while increasing the state's tourism and economy.

Bobby Vaughan, who was the golf director at Tanglewood in North Carolina, joined the project by creating the Sun Belt Golf Corp. to develop, built and manage the courses. The original project had 18 courses before eight were added in later years.

Two professional golf tournament are played on Trail courses. Women compete in The Yokohama Tires LPGA Classic on The Senator course at Capital Hill in Prattville, which is near Montgomery. The men's Barbasol Championship, an alternative PGA Tour event during the week of The Open Championship is played, since its creation in 2015, on The Lake course at Grand National in Opelika.

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