The rolling topography, majestic cypress trees and winding rivers of the region make for a perfect golf setting. Whether you love links play or are more comfortable with championship golf, you are sure to find more than a few courses nearby that far exceed your expectations. A few local favorites:

Auburn Links at Mill Creek

The 18 holes of par 72-golf at Auburn Links play with a championship yardage just over 71,000. One of the more popular courses in the area, Auburn Links features traditional bent grass greens.

Dothan National Golf Club & Hotel

Dothan National's Bob Simmons-designed course is a tree-lined 18-hole tract that is suitable for players of all ages and levels of experience. Conveniently located near theaters, shopping malls, and recreational historic parks, the club includes a lighted driving range, hotel, restaurant and lounge, an Olympic size outdoor pool and conference facilities.

River Run Golf Course

River Run's greens tend towards the receptive side, open landing areas helping players set up their approach shots. Some of the course's36 holes, however, do require precision shot-making to weave through tree-lined fairways and around well-placed hazards. River Run's facilities include a pro shop, bar and grill, driving range, and both putting and chipping green. The course is located Dozier Road in Montgomery.

Capitol Hill

Part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail collection of courses that are spread across the state, the three 18's at Capitol Hill each promise a challenging and breathtaking round of golf for the adventurous. The Senator is a Scottish-links style course that is broken by more than 150 bunkers and earthen mounds 30 to 40 feet in height. The Legislator is a more traditional championship-style layout that plays alongside a high bluff and the down into cypress low grounds. The Judge uses 200 acres of the Alabama River as its majestic backdrop. 14 of its 18 holes adjoin water and many boast views of the Montgomery skyline.