Ross Bridge in Hoover is the fifth longest golf course in the world. From the Black tees, it plays all of 8,191 yards but has six sets of options for all caliber of players. Surrounded by the foothills and carved into the Shannon Valley, it features lots of elevation changes and forced
carries that provide drama and danger.
Built on 345 acres of rolling terrain, Ross Bridge definitely has a parkland feel with a well-defined tree-lined layout and ten holes that play along the shoreline of two large lakes.
Opened in 2005, Ross Bridge was the last to be built on the RTJ Golf Trail but has already hosted PGA Champions Tour events from 2006 to 2010.
The fairways are extremely wide and the large putting surfaces make it the fairest of all the courses on the trail.
All of the par-3’s are dramatic and challenging but the most memorable is probably the 4th hole. A mid-iron is required from a terraced tee that needs to clear the lake to a shallow and difficult green which needs no bunkers to protect it.
The approach to the 9th hole is the most picturesque with a waterfall behind that spills some 80 feet between the 9th and 18th greens. The original stone face grist mill that forms the backdrop reminds us that this property was built on an old mining site.
There are many signature holes here however #13 is my personal favourite. This severely down-hill par-5 plays shorter than it looks. You need to aim it left of the fairway bunker on your second shot but not too long on your approach as the well-protected green slopes away from you.
Make sure you linger until dusk to hear the soulful sounds of a bagpiper as he makes his way to the putting green.
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Date: December 29, 2017