Four nines at Silver Lakes north of Anniston on Alabama Rt 431 but south of Gadsden and Glencoe present themselves as a very cool Robert Trent Jones Trail course, and the closest course on the trail to Atlanta Georgia. Less than an hour from Villa Rica’s famous ‘the Frog’ course, Silver Lakes is also about 10 miles shy of the Talladega race track on US interstate 20. From the Interstate, take 431 north to Oak Grove Road and hang a left for about two winding miles.
Since one of the nines is really a par 3 course, on any given day the professionals at Silver lakes combine two of the three championship nines for a challenging round of golf. For nine holes of championship fun, this leaves another path to enjoy. The three nines are entitled the ‘Backbreaker’, the ‘Heartbraker’ and the ‘Mindbreaker’. What makes regular players appreciate this approach is that careful play when rewarded, especially with the local knowledge a career on these links may have afforded you, may just allow you to put together 18 holes in the 70’s, on a course named for the great Robert Trent Jones.
When out with the wife, or a son or daughter not yet mature enough to conquer some of the carries, the par three gives mom or dad the chance to introudce sons, daughters, nieces and nephews to a truly championship venue.