Auburn Grand National Links
Auburn/Opelika — Alabama, USA
International Championship course
Playable on simulator at Golf en Ville, the premier commercial indoor center of Paris
Architect: Robert Trent Jones — Designed: 1992
Severity index: 3 — Difficult
18 holes, Par 72 — Length: 7311 yards
About Auburn Grand National Links
The Links Course at Auburn Grand National is one of the finest golf courses in the south. the Links at Grand National is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, and has hosted NCAA Championships and PGA Tour Events. The Links Course has stunning views of Lake Saugahatchee and Grand National, by all reports, was the single greatest site for a golf complex Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had ever seen.
Grand National, by all reports, was the single greatest site for a golf complex Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had ever seen. Built on 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee, 32 of the 54 holes drape along its filigreed shores.
The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1992. It was ranked the 8th Best Course in Alabama by Golf Digest.
The Links at Grand National was ranked 7th and 8th in Alabama respectively by Golf magazine and
Both the Links course and the Lake course were in Golf Digest’s “America’s Top 50 Affordable Courses,”
Both were in the Top 10.
All Three courses at Grand National are among the nation’s 40 Super Value Courses by Golf Digest.
The Lake Course at Grand National hosted the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship in July.
Course tips - hole by hole(Source: rtjgolf.com)
Hole 1The par-4 first hole is a difficult start to a challenging course. Get your tee shot in the fairway because the approach shot is significantly uphill, so take extra club. Approach shots short of the center of the green will roll back to the front.
Hole 2Hole No. 2 is a strong par-5 with a multiple level fairway, making for an interesting tee shot. Second shots need to avoid the fairway bunkers and lake right. Once on the green, taking only two putts will be quite a feat.
Hole 3The heart-shaped green on the par-3 third hole does not show much love. Tee shots need to land in the middle half of the green to avoid going over. Par is a good score.
Hole 4Do not try to carry the corner of Lake Saugahatchee on the par-4 fourth hole. Tee shots in the vicinity of the 150-yard post are ideal. A precise approach shot is critical; you must avoid the bunker in front and another beyond the green. Putting can be trick on this subtle green.
Hole 5Long hitters can carry the fairway bunkers on the right on the par-4 fifth hole. The elevated green sits high above the landing area, so take at least a full club more on the blind approach shot.
Hole 6Hole No. 6 is a three-shot par-5 and you do not need driver off the tee; it is more important to avoid the fairway bunker. Lay up between 100 and 150 yards out. Approach shots need to avoid the marsh short and right of the undulating green.
Hole 7The par-4 seventh hole is one of the most difficult hole on the Links course. The large, multi-tiered green features some serious elevation changes, so you must leave your ball on the same section of the putting surface as the hole.
Hole 8Distance off the tee is not necessary on the par-4 eighth hole. Do not miss this pedestal green on your approach shot. Short of left, Lake Saugahatchee will swallow your ball. Going long or right makes for a difficult up-and-down.
Hole 9The only safe place to miss the peninsula green on the par-3 ninth hole is short. The putting surface is over 50 yards deep, offering many club options depending on the pin location.
Hole No. 10 is a short par-4 that requires the right touch on your approach shot. The elevated green slopes from front right to back left. Successfully putting this green requires a good read of the subtle undulations.
The par-3 eleventh hole is all carry over wetlands to a pedestal green. There is not much margin for error. Take plenty of club, and should you find the green, putting will be a relief.
On the solid par-5 twelfth hole, the fairway narrows as you near the green. If you go for it in two, be aware there is no room for a mistake. Two prominent ridges on the green move shots forward or back right.
The divided fairway on the par-4 thirteenth hole provides some options off the tee. Gamblers play left, all others right. Approach shots must carry the wetland to find a rolling green that features many difficult putts.
Tee it high and let it fly on the par-4 fourteenth hole. Use the right, elevated side of the fairway to bring stray shots back to the center. Going left of the fairway leaves no shot. Approach shots need to avoid the two pot bunkers in front of the green. The mostly flat putting surface is a welcome change.
The par-5 fifteenth hole is a nice risk/reward hole. Long hitters can carry the fairway bunker left. Take extra club on the approach shot to this elevated green. Two deep bunkers guard the front of the green.
Do not let the short par-3 sixteenth hole creep up and get you. At all costs, avoid the deep pot bunker fronting the green. Putting can be surprisingly difficult as there is a lot of subtle movement.
The tee shot on the par-4 seventeenth hole is downhill, so your ball will travel. Stay left of the fairway bunker. Approach shots should be hit to or past the flagstick; anything short will not work here.
Tee shots on the par-4 eighteenth hole must carry a marsh and avoid the large, menacing bunker. Second shots have a forced carry over water fronting a pedestal green. Find the correct section of this green or you may face a putt of up to 120 feet.
Play Auburn Grand National Links in Paris on simulator
Alone or with friends, whether you are a golfer or not, you can spend a good time and play Auburn Grand National Links (or one of other 99 international courses available) in the Paris area, on simulator, in very realistic conditions.
In one click, you can choose to play a selection of holes or the whole course; you can adjust about twenty parameters and display modes and customize the gaming experience and difficulty: the tee-box that is right for you, wind strength, pin position, green speed, fairway hardness, etc ...) or simply you can keep the settings that are available to you. You can also try one of the 35 scoring systems available, for more fun.
You can also choose to take a golf lesson on this course, and enjoy the precision of trajectory measures and the beautiful surroundings.
Please note that the severity index specified above is meant in ideal conditions i.e. no wind, pin position easy,...
If you add some wind, it's a different ball game, some courses can become very difficult.
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Updated on 09-02-20