Golf Digest Names Alabama's RTJ Trail a Top Value

Birmingham, Al. -- Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is reclaiming the top spot on the 2008 Travel and Destination Study issued by Golf Digest and Travel Industry Association of America.

The RTJ trail is being declared the #1 best golf value for the money, a distinction it also held in 2001.

Besides the top value ranking, it also made the Top 10 for golf quality in the national survey of 37 markets.

"With a sluggish economy, golfers are looking for both quality and value these days," said Dr. David G. Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama. "This study clearly states that the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has both value and quality. With rising gas prices, the emphasis for most travelers is on value and we are at the top of the list." The Retirement Systems of Alabama owns the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and its Resort Collection. Dr. Bronner was the visionary behind the Trail.

"Over the past 16 years since the first courses opened, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has been a tremendous success," said Dr. Bronner. "Every day we focus on the quality of our courses while delivering value to our customers. We have since taken this quality experience and enhanced it by adding eight resorts. From recent accolades in Travel + Leisure (Top 500 Hotels in the World - Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa) to National Geographic Traveler (The Stay List of 150 Hotels - Battle House) to Zagat's Top U.S. Resorts in 2008 (Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa), the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and its resorts are making Alabama even more appealing for business and leisure travelers. The quality of our courses and hotels helped attract two LPGA tournaments and the world's best female golfers to Alabama this September."

The RTJ Golf Trail is comprised of 26 courses on 11 sites.

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