The Grand National Golf Course in Opelika, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, is considered one of the very finest in the country – and one of the toughest. And it’s one of the reasons why the Auburn-Opelika area is known as ground zero for great golf.
In fact, Golf Digest magazine named it the No. 1 area in America for golf, and Robert Trent Jones himself called the Grand National Course “the single greatest site for a course” he’d ever seen. It’s not the only game in town though. Golf Digest also called the Auburn Links at Mill Creek course the “most fun course to play in the Southeast.” Other renowned courses in the area include Moore’s Mill Golf Club and Saugahatchee Country Club.
Other Sports in the Auburn Area
Swingers of a different sort can get their hits in at the newly built, $6.7 million Yarbrough/City of Auburn Tennis Complex, which has six indoor courts, 12 outdoor hard courts and 16 outdoor clay courts.
For the junior crowd, Dixie Youth baseball is played at the Duck Samford Sports Complex in Auburn and the Westridge Baseball Complex in Opelika. For all kids, whether athletes or not, the wave pool, slides and lazy river ride at Surfside Water Park are a family favorite when summertime rolls around, as is the nursery rhyme playground at Hickory Dickory Park.
For those who prefer their walks without the distractions of nine-irons and botched swings, there are plenty of places to hit the trails in Auburn-Opelika. Chewacla State Park features a 26-acre lake, waterfalls and many hiking trails. On the Auburn University campus, the Donald E. Davis Arboretum and the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve offer a peaceful stroll through native trees, wildflowers, wetlands, a butterfly garden and wildlife trails.
The East Alabama Cycling Club sponsors daily rides and the Auburn-Opelika Running and Track Association (that’s AORTA, for short) has group runs three times a week.
But for those who would rather watch than play, the Auburn Tigers give ‘em plenty of chances to stand up and cheer all through the year, whether for football, basketball, baseball, gymnastics or 16 other NCAA Division 1A sports.