Review for Capitol Hill (Judge)

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One of the most incredible opening holes in all of golf. The scenery is breathtaking as you stare down a 200-foot bluff to a sliver of a fairway with a well-protected peninsula green jutting out into the Alabama River. With the City of Montgomery skyline forming the backdrop, Capitol Hill (Judge) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer be sure you have your camera ready.

This layout meanders through 200-acre of river backwaters with 14 holes that feature water hazards, so accuracy is more important than distance. I would suggest moving up a set of tees to truly enjoy this experience.

The 5th hole is most intimidating of the par-5’s. An accurate tee shot needs to avoid the fairway bunkers but not leak too far left or you will end up dunking it into the water hazard that runs along the left side all the way to the putting surface. Your second must be a layup to a sliver of a fairway in order to set up your approach with a short iron to a well-protected peninsula green.

Hole-6 is the most intimidating par-3 since you have to carry Capitol Hill (Judge) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer a large sand bunker that protects the front on this bulkhead island green.

The 7th-hole is a long par-5 where you are forced stay left or pay the price. An accurate drive over water has to land short of the huge bunker on the left yet not leak to far right as the fairway slopes towards the water. From there you can hit whatever club you want to make you feel comfortable with your approach yardage. Whichever you choose, your third shot needs to carry a daunting hazard that crosses in front of a well-protected bunkered green.

Green fees start at US$65, carts are $20 and taxes are extra. An amazing deal for such a great course.

There are also two other uniquely different championship 18-hole golf courses at Capitol Hill. The Legislator is more of a traditional parkland layout, framed with tall pines and built along a large bluff whereas the Senator is a Scottish-Links style design with more than 150 sod-faced pot bunkers and up to 40 feet high mounds.

Capitol Hill near Prattville is an amazing golf destination on its own but there are so many other great options you need to explore along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

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Date: December 28, 2017

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