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  • #16
    Rusty and packman do you remember where you ate after playing Grand National? We're staying at the on-site Marriott but would always rather find somewhere fun too eat in town. Either Auburn or Opelika. Thanks
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    10.5 SLDR w Diamana Flowerband X-flex
    SLDR 15* 3W
    TM Rescue 17*
    SLDR 5H
    TM M2 4-PW
    CG15 52/60
    Rossa Monza Corza

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    • #17
      Ace - end of trip so losing team had to buy steaks for the winners - Texas longhorn was fairly good but a good value pub and food was called The Hound

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      • #18
        Originally posted by packman View Post
        Ace - end of trip so losing team had to buy steaks for the winners - Texas longhorn was fairly good but a good value pub and food was called The Hound
        Great thanks!
        What's in the TMX Stand Bag?

        10.5 SLDR w Diamana Flowerband X-flex
        SLDR 15* 3W
        TM Rescue 17*
        SLDR 5H
        TM M2 4-PW
        CG15 52/60
        Rossa Monza Corza

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        • #19
          Originally posted by ace in the hazard View Post
          Rusty and packman do you remember where you ate after playing Grand National? We're staying at the on-site Marriott but would always rather find somewhere fun too eat in town. Either Auburn or Opelika. Thanks
          We found a couple of places in the renovated downtown of Opelika....but most fun was the distillery and brew pub across the tracks. Forgot the names. It is a small downtown so you can see it all in about 10 minutes. Sidewalks roll up early...except for the distillery and brewpub. Italian restaurant in one of the hotels was OK...we went on advice of a local. We spent about half an hour in the local museum...very interesting to see the town's history and evolution from industrial-transport hub boomtown to depressed rust belt and rebirth as gentrified service based economy.

          Downtown Auburn has some older storefronts and lots of college oriented pubs and bars....no fine dining but lots of happy hour specials.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Rusty View Post

            We found a couple of places in the renovated downtown of Opelika....but most fun was the distillery and brew pub across the tracks. Forgot the names. It is a small downtown so you can see it all in about 10 minutes. Sidewalks roll up early...except for the distillery and brewpub. Italian restaurant in one of the hotels was OK...we went on advice of a local. We spent about half an hour in the local museum...very interesting to see the town's history and evolution from industrial-transport hub boomtown to depressed rust belt and rebirth as gentrified service based economy.

            Downtown Auburn has some older storefronts and lots of college oriented pubs and bars....no fine dining but lots of happy hour specials.
            We just got back last week. We ended up in Auburn since it was a fairly short uber. Went to The Hound one night and a fancier place the pro shop guy told us about called Acre on the second. Both great meals. Lots of brown water...
            What's in the TMX Stand Bag?

            10.5 SLDR w Diamana Flowerband X-flex
            SLDR 15* 3W
            TM Rescue 17*
            SLDR 5H
            TM M2 4-PW
            CG15 52/60
            Rossa Monza Corza

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            • #21
              I am Jonesing to do this trip, hopefully in the next 2 years.
              Will drive down
              "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened "

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              • #22
                Although a long time ago, Grand National in Auburn was my favourite. It is also a beautiful University town.

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                • #23
                  I've always flown and only played the courses in Birmingham and south of there (excluding Highland Oaks), but if you're driving down, I've heard great things about the Shoals.

                  If you're flying, or once you've made it as far as Birmingham, my opinion (based on 5 trips now) is the best plan is to do a triangle route, playing the Ridge and Valley courses Oxmoor Valley and Ross Bridge (highlight) in Birmingham, all three Capitol Hill courses in Montgomery, and The Lakes and The Links at Grand National in Auburn/Opelika (we were supposed to play the short course as well but opted for a sleep in after a bit too much brown water the night before). It's a fair amount of driving but broken up well over a couple of days with no leg longer than about 90 minutes. The other courses were nice, but the amount of travel to reach them vs the quality is probably not worth a second visit for me.

                  You could also add Pursell Farm Links at Pursell Farms on the drive from Auburn back to Birmingham. A very nice (non-Trail) course that also has options to fly fish, shoot skeet etc.

                  If you go in the winter, definitely do the month membership. For $175 you get unlimited golf everywhere except Ross Bridge (discount) for 30 days (not calendar month). You pay $20 cart fee per round and most of the courses aren't super walking-friendly but it pays for itself in no time.
                  What's in the TMX Stand Bag?

                  10.5 SLDR w Diamana Flowerband X-flex
                  SLDR 15* 3W
                  TM Rescue 17*
                  SLDR 5H
                  TM M2 4-PW
                  CG15 52/60
                  Rossa Monza Corza

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