Top 100 Courses You Can Play: The Lake Course at Grand National

The 230-yard, par-3 15th hole at the Lake Course.
Michael Clemmer

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Opelika, Ala.
7,128 yards, par 72
Greens fee: $57-$109
601-663-0011, rtjgolf.com.com

Robert Trent Jones Sr. once called Alabama's Grand National the most spectacular golf site in the world. Hyperbole alert! But it's no stretch to say that the Lake Course is worth making a detour. Fifteen years after its debut, the Lake ranks 70th on our Top 100 Courses You Can Play and remains a formidable challenge thanks to its enormous, undulating greens, sprawling bunkers and the 12 holes that tangle with 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee. The risk/reward par-5 12th that boomerangs to the left and the all-carry par-3 15th that plays to an island green are the boldest reminders of how the course got its name. Hit it crooked and you're in for a serious soaking.

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