Magnolia Grove

by | Jan 10, 2024 | Where to Play

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail: Magnolia Grove

Where Waterfalls Meet Train Tracks and Golf Dreams Take Flight

Magnolia Grove Golf Course, a part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, is located in the peaceful setting of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta region at the southern end of Alabama. It is a place where golfers can enjoy the perfect combination of beauty and challenge in a serene and secluded environment, allowing them to enhance their overall experience of the game.

Featuring an array of courses, The Crossings, Falls, and Short, each one presents a unique test of skill and an unforgettable golfing experience. The Crossings course is a beautifully crafted course that tests the golfers’ accuracy and precision with challenging greens and strategically placed bunkers. The Falls course, on the other hand, offers a different type of challenge, with undulating terrains and long fairways, ideal for golfers who enjoy hitting long drives. This course is surrounded by natural waterfalls, providing a stunning backdrop for the game. The Short course, as its name suggests, is a shorter course that is perfect for golfers who prefer a quick round or are looking to work on their short game but still want to enjoy all the thrills of the game.

The topography includes creeks, marshland, and lakes, all of which are seamlessly integrated into the 54 holes carved out of indigenous hardwood and pine. All three courses are carefully maintained, ensuring that golfers can always enjoy the best possible playing conditions. The greens are fast and true, and the fairways are immaculately kept, providing a great surface for golfers to play on.

Magnolia Grove: The Falls Course

Prepare to be awed by the majestic falls gracing the 10th hole, a signature feature that leaves a lasting impression. Water is a constant companion here, weaving strategically through fairways and demanding precision shots. But don’t let the water intimidate you — generous landing zones and strategically placed bunkers reward well-struck shots. Interestingly, the Falls Course was once a hunting preserve, and remnants of its past peek out from the undergrowth, adding a touch of history to your game.

It may be interesting to note that the water hazard on the 10th hole of the Falls Course, from which the entire layout derives its name, is no ordinary feature. That cascading beauty was actually man-made in 2010 during a major renovation. Inspired by natural waterfalls found in the Appalachian Mountains, landscape architects meticulously crafted the tiered drops and surrounding rock formations, transforming the hole into a stunning visual and strategic centerpiece. This dedication to detail shows just how much thought and effort went into making the Falls Course a truly unique and memorable golfing experience.

Magnolia Grove: The Crossings Course

The Crossings Course carves through rolling hills and dense woodlands, offering a scenic escape and a test of shot-making versatility. Elevation plays a starring role, with uphill approaches demanding power and downhill shots testing your touch.

There are two variations on how the course got its name, “The Crossings”; neither has to do with the scenic woodland pathways. Surprisingly, the inspiration lies in the very architecture of the course itself. Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” directory explains that the layout features several holes where fairways “crisscross,” demanding creative shot-making and strategic decisions from golfers navigating these intersecting corridors.

However, if you’re interested in a more thrilling explanation of the name, you could say it comes from the two active railroad tracks you must cross during your round. To reach the 13th and 14th holes, you will need to hit tee shots that soar over the tracks, adding a thrilling dose of danger and excitement to the game.

So, next time you find yourself plotting your route through the Crossings, remember that you’re not just playing a game; you’re navigating a meticulously designed labyrinth of intersecting fairways and train tracks, each one contributing to the course’s intriguing and aptly named identity.

Magnolia Grove: The Short Course

While the Falls and Crossings Courses at Magnolia Grove bask in the championship spotlight, the Short Course whispers a different kind of allure. Don’t let the “short” fool you. This 18-hole gem packs a mighty punch for its diminutive size.

Undulating greens, strategically placed bunkers, and water hazards sprinkled throughout demand focus and finesse, transforming a quick round into a masterclass in short-game mastery. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer looking to sharpen your wedges or a family seeking a fun introduction to the game, the Short Course at Magnolia Grove promises an experience as rewarding as it is delightful.

The Magnolia Grove Clubhouse

Beyond its unrivaled golfing amenities, Magnolia Grove also offers first-class facilities that cater to every golfer’s needs. Get your swing analyzed by a team of expert instructors at the practice range, stock up on the latest golfing gear at the pro shop, or indulge in delectable cuisine at the clubhouse restaurant. Magnolia Grove Golf Course goes above and beyond to ensure that visitors are pampered with exceptional service and genuine Southern Hospitality.

Two Exceptional Hotels Await Guests

The Battle House Hotel and the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel are two of the most iconic landmarks in the city, each offering a unique and luxurious experience for their guests.

the battle house hotel

Secrets whisper from every corner at The Battle House, a Mobilian landmark steeped in stories of war, romance, and Southern intrigue.

The Battle House Hotel is a beautiful Southern hotel built in 1852 and meticulously restored. It has a classic charm that is unique to the South and is known for its opulent interiors and rich history. As an Autograph Collection hotel, it combines historic elegance with modern amenities. On the other hand, The Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel is a contemporary hotel located in the downtown area. It is situated along the scenic Mobile River and offers a modern retreat for its guests. With stylish accommodations, state-of-the-art facilities, and breathtaking river views, it captures the essence of modern luxury.

Both hotels serve as gateways to the cultural tapestry of Mobile, enabling guests to explore the city’s rich heritage, thriving arts scene, and culinary delights. These accommodations offer a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the local culture and discover the authentic essence of Mobile. Whether you are a history buff, an art enthusiast, or a foodie, these hotels provide an ideal base from which you can embark on your journey of discovery. With their strategic locations and exceptional amenities, both establishments ensure a comfortable and memorable stay, allowing you to appreciate all that Mobile has to offer fully.


Magnolia Grove Golf Course is the perfect destination if you’re looking to escape the chaos of everyday life and immerse yourself in nature’s beauty. Offering unparalleled golfing experiences, breathtaking views, and an array of amenities, it’s no wonder that this RTJ Golf Trail Course holds a special place in the hearts of so many golfers. Every golfer who sets foot on this course is bound to be left with lasting memories of the beauty and tranquility of the place and may find it hard to leave. So pack your clubs and set off on an adventure that promises to be nothing short of extraordinary.

Discover the magic of Magnolia Grove Golf Course – you won’t be disappointed.


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About the Author

<a href="" target="_self">Alan Darty</a>

Alan Darty

Alan is the founder and publisher of Golf One Media and the former publisher of eSouthernGOLF—a second-generation Florida native who loves all things Florida. You can usually find him with his wife, watching their two daughters coaching volleyball at Oviedo (FL) High School or Mississippi State University when he's not golfing, hunting, or fishing.