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Bold Birmingham Golf

For decades, Birmingham, Alabama, was defined by smoking iron and steel foundries, college football rivalries and civil rights–era turmoil. Recently, however, this historic city in the foothills of the southern Appalachians has undergone a revitalization. A new generation knows Birmingham for its growing medical-research and banking industries, for its innovative restaurant scene and for having some of the most adventuresome golf in the South. The Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort, just outside of town, has in only two years become the crown jewel of the state’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. With a mountainous eighteen and a central location, it’s an ideal place to stay on a buddy trip. Several other sporty courses lie within an hour’s drive, and even closer are Birmingham’s bustling Five Points South section and the only Porsche driving school in North America.

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