What Would You Name the Alabama State Parks Golf Trail?

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is seeking help in naming the State Parks Golf Trail.

The concept is similar to what is used by the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, which has become a major tourist attraction in the state.

With the recent announcement of new course names and logos for the golf courses, the Alabama State Parks now want to promote their courses collectively, as a trail.

With six courses that range from Joe Wheeler State Park in the northwestern corner of the state, to Lakepoint Resort State Park in the east central part of the state, to Gulf State Park on the Gulf Coast, the time has come to promote these courses as a trail of courses that provide quality play and value to the average golfer, according to a recent news release.

The new golf course names are:

  • The “General” at Joe Wheeler, Joe Wheeler’s rank in the Confederate Army
  • The “Oaks” at Oak Mountain, which represents the wide variety of oak trees in the park
  • The “Sanctuary” at Lakepoint, which represents the nearby national wildlife sanctuary
  • “Deer Haven” at Roland Cooper, which highlights the large local deer population
  • The “Refuge” at Gulf State Park, represents the nearby national wildlife refuge
  • The “Eagle’s Nest” at Lake Guntersville, honors the return of our national symbol to North Alabama, the Bald Eagle

Naming the golf courses is part of an effort to entice more visitors to state parks.

Now these six parks need a collective name so they can be promoted as a trail.

Alabama State Parks would like your ideas and suggestions as to what this name should be. For the next several weeks they will be soliciting the opinions of their website visitors to help name the golf trail.

“We’re trying to boost awareness of our state park golf courses,” said Randy Jinks, marketing director for the parks. “Our state park golf courses are Alabama’s original golfing trail.”

When making a suggestion, consider the individual course names and provide ideas that incorporate all the names into a cohesive title. The trail name will be chosen in early 2012.

As part of the rebranding, the courses will also be rated, sloped, and handicapped for the Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) system.

A trail card will allow golfers to visit the six state parks and golf at a discounted rate.

Chad Davis, assistant superintendent at Joe Wheeler Park, said he expects the marketing effort and recent renovations at the park’s lodge to boost visitation there.

“All 75 rooms at the lodge have been gutted to the bare walls,” Davis said. “The sheetrock was removed and replaced. The doors have been replaced. The balconies have been renovated and a lot of other improvement made at the lodge.”

Suggestions needed

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is seeking suggested names for its state park golf course trail.

What do you think? Suggestions can be submitted on the Alabama State Parks website, or emailed to dcnr.parkspr@dcnr.alabama.gov.



Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Gulf State Park Golf Course (Credit: http://cb4go.com)

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management, and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

Website: outdooralabama.com

Alabama State Parks

Phone: (800) ALAPARK (800-252-7275)

Website: alapark.com

Worth Pondering…

If I can hit a curveball, why can’t I hit a ball that is standing still on a course?

—Larry Nelson

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