Silver Lakes (Heartbreaker & Backbreaker) - Alabama - USA

RTJ Golf Trail at Silver Lakes,
1 SunBelt Parkway,
Alabama (AL) 35905,

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Silver Lakes is one of 11 facilities within the famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail of Alabama, featuring four nine-hole routes. The cream of the crop, in most opinions, is the Backbreaker and Heartbreaker combinations. Jones was known for creating some punishing routes during golf course architecture’s most penal era, and the fact is advertised across the track names at Silver Lakes.

Although it does not feature some of the extreme elevation changes of other routes along the Trail, the Appalachian foothills northeast of Birmingham create plenty of awkward lies. Combine that with some of the demanding forced carries, and your handicap will be requesting a reconsider.

On the backbreaker side, both nos. 6 and 9 (a par four and five, respectively) will call for a lengthy carry over water to reach the greens. On the Heartbreaker side, the last two holes (a par three and another par five) will ask for the same.

If one has more to be broken, they can try the Mindbreaker nine next...but odds are, if they desire more of a beating after Backbreaker and Heartbreaker, their mind is already broken.

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Description: Laid out in the Appalachian foothills, Silver Lakes is a fabulous 36-hole facility on the Robert Trent Jones Trail where the Heartbreaker and Backbreaker nines form the 18-hole layout of choice for most visiting golfers. Rating: 5 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Colin Braithwaite

Heartbreaker starts with a demanding uphill par five. There is a large fairway bunker right starting about 165 yards out. The fairway wraps around it to the left, however, it is only about 15 yards wide. There is another large fairway bunker left about 100 yards out. There are also two pot bunkers front and one rear. Tough hole. The second hole is a long par four that leans left with a large fairway bunker on the left side. There is also a large front bunker and one left. The third is also a long par four that leans left. It has a fairway bunker left and one right. The green has a bunker left. The 4th also leans left. Off the tee aim at the right fairway bunker. Do not miss left, as there is a non-user friendly bunker. The first par three is long with a large deep front bunker. The 6th has a fairway bunker left that pinches the fairway about 150 yards out and a right front bunker. The second par five is downhill and has a landing area between fairway bunkers right and water hazards left. Your second shot will need to carry a water hazard that cuts across the fairway. You mat consider taking an extra club to this elevated green with a bunker in front. The 8th is a long Florida par three with bunkers left and right. The ninth is a tough hole, long and bends left with water all the way down the left side. The green seems to be floating in the water hazard.

Backbreaker starts with a long left leaning uphill par four. Take at least an extra club. The 11th is the shortest par three and is slightly downhill with a bunker in front. The 12th is another left leaning hole. It is a valley par four with a tabletop green. The 13th is long, straightaway and deserving of the number one handicap. There is a large fairway bunker in the middle of the fairway about 100 yards out. The 14th is the longest par three. Do not miss left as there is a large bunker or worse a steep dropoff. The 15th is a short straight away par four. However, there is a water carry. The 16th is a reverse S par five. Fairway bunkers right and water hazards left. Play it as a three shotter. The 17th is a long uphill par four. Definitely take an extra club and there is a bunker front right. The 18th is a downhill reachable par five that actually goes right!!! There is water in front so if you do not have a green light lie, layup.

The holes are too predictable and is the antithesis of a Nicklaus course.

November 24, 2021
5 / 10
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