NASCAR Invades The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
By Kickntrue on 4/23/10
By Clay Simpson, Special Contributor To oobgolf

Andrew (Czar of oobgolf), is making his initial trip to Talladega this week to partake in one the area’s largest gatherings that the state of Alabama has, a NASCAR race! He claims to have never watched more than 2 laps of a race and that going to an event is simply a check mark off his sports bucket list. I think he may be an in-the-closet NASCAR fan but either way, as a golfer he also needs to understand that he is right smack dap in the middle of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. I've encouraged him to take his clubs along and try to work in 18 holes of golf while he is losing his NASCAR virginity. We will have to see when he returns next week what the outcome is. He's promised to take pictures- so I guess we'll see!

The RTJ Trail works its way through Alabama from the north to the south featuring over 468 holes of golf along the way. It starts up north in The Shoals area and works its way down to the Gulf Coast to Point Clear. The Trail hosts two LPGA events every year, one in Mobile’s Magnolia Grove from May 10 to 16, 2010 and the other Navistar LPGA Classic will return to Prattville from October 6 to 10, 2010 on the Senator course at Capitol Hill. The Champions Tour will also make a stop for The 2010 Regions Charity Classic will be held May 10-16, 2010 at Ross Bridge in Hoover.

If you ever have a chance to make it down to Alabama whether for a NASCAR Race or a golfing trip visit for a wonderful golfing experience on one of the many wonderful golf courses this state and this trail have to offer.
Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is the largest golf course construction project ever attempted. The Trail is a collection of 468 holes of championship golf on 11 different sites across Alabama. The Wall Street Journal said the Trail "may be the biggest bargain in the country" and The New York Times called the Trail "some of the best public golf on Earth."
I'm betting Andrew comes back with a new appreciate for NASCAR and the state of Alabama. I'm still accepting bets on if he'll come back with a Jimmy Johnson tattoo. Whatever he does I hope it doesn't involve running around the track screaming, "I am Ricky Bobby!" at the top of his lungs. Knowing him, I'm not holding my breath.

[Andrew's Editorial Note- Most of what my friend Clay says is true... except the part about being an in the closet NASCAR fan. If I was going to be in the closet about anything, I'd pick something better than NASCAR fandom. There is nothing wrong with being a NASCAR fan... it takes all kinds of people for the world to spin. I'm looking forward to my experience and have pre-burned my neck accordingly. I'll report back in full on Monday (assuming the face doesn't get rained out) but if one of our readers happens to be one of the 200k people in attendance- make sure to leave a comment or send me a Private Message so we can meet up!]

photo source- RTJ
photo source- NASCAR

[ comments ]
Clint24 says:
NASCAR and RTJ are very big here in Alabama. All the RTJ courses are beautiful and great courses to play. And around here, if its not Auburn or Alabama football season (which, it is all year here), all talk is around NASCAR. And I hate his first race is Tally, because that sure doesnt help our status of Alabamians. He needs to remember, not all NASCAR fans and Alabama people are like that.... WAR EAGLE and hope he has a good time.
Torleif Sorenson says:
I'm sure *I* will be sold on the RTJ trail if I ever have the chance to play down there. As for NASCAR, well...

Sorry, but this is springtime and aside from golf, a young man's thoughts turn to... the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Buy Sam a drink and get his dog one, too.
DougE says:
CT guy here. Spent over 30 yrs sailing (some would say the antithesis of car racing) and now work on boats for a living. Love and obsess over golf. But, love NASCAR too. Plan my golf around it. It is so much more than a bunch of rednecks racing around in circles. Once you get to know the drivers, teams, rules and the soap opera that goes on around it all, it's easy to get hooked. The fan base for NASCAR is no longer who you think. And FYI, many of the drivers and crew are die-hard golfers away from the track. (And some are quite good.) Give NASCAR a chance. Learn a little more about it and you might be surprised. It is run, managed and marketed in a top shelf manner and the quality of competition can easily rival any other broadcast sport. TV ratings surpass every other sport but NFL, which it closely rivals. I have been to a number of NASCAR races, but 'Dega is on the top of my sports bucket list for sure. The Robert Trent Jones Trail will be an added bonus for me when I finally get there.
Clint24 says:
Hey DougE, I agree completely with you. I also plan my golf, along with my day, around the Cup races. I sit at home with the surround sound on along with the leaderboard and scanner on my laptop. It's just like golf and baseball, you have to know HOW to watch it. And if you do, its great fun to watch.
Clint24 says:
Andrew, you just got to see the best Talladega race ever. Two records were set with leaders (28) and lead changes at the line (87). This was definatly one of the best races in a long time. Wish I could've gone with you.
Kurt the Knife says:
I'm a sailplane pilot and wonder when there is ever going to be substantive coverage of our races.
Which are extremely complex, dynamic and cerebral enterprises...

oh.. sorry, answered my own question.
Kurt the Knife says:
for those interested:
falcon50driver says:
Andrew, I hope you weren't affected by the tornado that just missed Talledega. Doug, you are correct about the drivers being good golfers. I flew the mechanics for one of the NASCAR teams from Texas to Charlotte, and got invited to play in a NASCAR sponsored, Make-a-Wish golf tournament. Each team got a race car driver, Geoff Bodine was our partner and he played a solid game.
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