The Judge Capitol Hill
Prattville — Alabama, USA
International Leisure course
Playable on simulator at Golf en Ville, the premier commercial indoor center of Paris
Architect: Robert Trent Jones — Designed: 2000
Severity index: 4 — Very difficult
18 holes, Par 72 — Length: 7794 yards
About The Judge Capitol Hill
Located in Prattville, Alabama, 13 miles north of Montgomery is the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail; the largest golf course construction project ever attempted. The trail is made up of 11 sites across Alabama, all imagined by Robert Trent Jones. The trail features 468 Championship Holes, 26 golf courses, and some of the finest public golf courses in the world.
One of the most popular sites on the Trail, Capitol Hill, in Prattville, continues to get praises from golfers and golf writers alike. Golf Magazine called the Judge course one of the 10 public courses in America worthy of hosting the U.S. Open and the Zagat Survey of America's Top Golf Courses ranked it among the top 50 courses in America. The Senator course was named among the Top 10 New Courses in the nation by Golf Magazine and is the host course for the Guardian Championship.
Located in Prattville, approximately 13 miles north of Alabama's state capital, Capitol Hill 'The Judge' features three 18-hole championship courses. With more than 1,500 acres of golf and nature, the pure magnitude of this facility is amazing and allows each course to be drastically different from the others.
The Judge offers stunning vistas alongside the glistening backwaters of the Alabama River. With 14 holes adjoining the water and a stunning bulkhead island green, the Judge is described as simply magnificent.
The course was designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones and was opened for play in 2000.
Golf Magazine called the Judge course “one of the 10 public courses in America worthy of hosting the U.S. Open.”
Zagat Survey of America’s Top Golf Courses ranked the Judge among the “Top 50 Courses in America.”
The Judge plays alongside the glistening backwaters of the Alabama River and features “some of the best views in Alabama.”
Course review - hole by hole(Source: rtjgolf.com)
Take in the scenery before you begin your round on the Judge. Some feel that Hole No. 1 is the signature hole of the entire Trail. This difficult par-4 is straight downhill off the tee. A bunker protects the front of the green and water lines the right side.
Water guards the right side of Hole No. 2, a dogleg-right par-4. A large tree sits in the middle of the fairway and comes into play for long ball hitters off the tee. The green is protected by a bunker, so the bailout area is short and left of the green.
The large, well-bunkered and undulating green on the par-3 third hole challenges the best golfers. If the flag is on the left side of the green, make sure you have enough club to avoid a steep drop-off in front of the green.
The par-5 fourth hole does not need hazards to make it difficult, but it would not be the Judge if water and bunkers did not come into play! Avoid the water from the tee and lay up short of the water and bunkers guarding the small green.
A big drive over the fairway bunker will leave a wedge approach to the par-4 fifth hole. The safe play is to hit a fairway wood on the tee, leaving a mid- to long-iron to the green. The slightly uphill approach shot with water lurking on the right side is dangerous.
The intimidating tee shot to the par-3 sixth hole is all carry. There is no place to bailout on this island green, which is also the largest green on the course. Trust the yardage, but do not forget to factor in the wind as it will wreak havoc with your tee shot.
Hole No. 7 is a three-shot hole to reach the green. Your tee shot must avoid a bunker to the left and water short and right to find the fairway. The layup to a very narrow landing area must be accurate to leave a short approach to a wide and shallow green.
Hole No. 8 provides relief from the water, but do not let that fool you as it is necessary to find the fairway off the tee. Pot bunkers guard both sides of the fairway and another bunker sits about 90 yards in front of the green in the middle of the fairway.
The par-4 ninth hole will play shorter than its yardage if your tee shot is struck well enough to find a downhill-sloping fairway. The green sits above the fairway and is protected in front by two large bunkers.
One of the longest holes on the Trail, the par-5 tenth hole is a monster at 711 yards from the tips. Hole No. 10 features an abundance of trees and bunkers, so tee it up and let it fly off the tee. The approach shot must be accurate to reach a small green.
Choose which side of the fairway you want to play to off the tee. Going down the right-hand side is safer, but will leave a worse angle to the pin than an approach shot from the left side of the fairway. A bunker protects the right side of the green.
Hole No. 12 is another par-3 with all carry over water and no room for error off the tee. A bridge at the edge of the swamp connects the tees to the green, giving you a good view of the natural beauty of the backwaters of the Alabama River.
The short par-4 thirteenth hole requires precision from the tee to avoid fairway bunkers down the right side of the hole. The approach is to a small green protected by a large bunker short and left. If you miss the green, the right side offers the best chance at a par.
Hole No. 14 is a straightforward par-4 that demands two good shots to reach the green. The ample landing area is a good place to take a big swing with a driver, but be careful not to stray from the fairway. The long approach is to a small, elevated green.
Hole No. 15 is a reachable par-5 for long hitters. A good drive will leave a fairway wood to a shallow, well-protected green. Those who lay up should avoid the tall grass to the right of the fairway. An extra club is required on the approach to reach the elevated green.
Hole No. 16 is the final par-3 on the Judge. The water hazard surrounding the green makes club selection from the tee critical. The green is exposed to the wind and, depending on the direction of the wind, might mean having to aim your tee shot to the right of the green.
Accuracy of the tee to the narrow landing area on the par-4 seventeenth is a must. Water and a small green can make what seems like an easy par quickly become a bogey or worse. A large bunker guards the front-left of the green.
Hole No. 18 is all about precision. A drive to the left side of the fairway on this uphill dogleg right will open the green to a relatively easy approach. Extra club is needed to find the elevated green protected by bunkers and water.
Play The Judge Capitol Hill in Paris on simulator
Alone or with friends, whether you are a golfer or not, you can spend a good time and play The Judge Capitol Hill (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