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Pictured above is the fifth hole on the Lake Course at Grand National Golf Club, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Grand National is located in the Auburn-Opelika area. (Joe Songer/jsonger@al.com)
-- The will reach a significant number next week -- at some point, the 10 millionth round will be played on one of its facilities.
That's 10,000,000 rounds of golf.
Instead of attempting to pinpoint the exact round that reaches the milestone, RTJ Golf Trail officials are designating Wednesday as the 10 millionth round day at each of its facilities across the state. And of course, officials are inviting golfers to visit their nearest RTJ Golf Trail site and celebrate -- how else? -- by playing a round of golf.
The day will be observed at 11 RTJ Golf Trail sites --Florence/Muscle Shoals (Shoals), Huntsville (Hampton Cove), Anniston/Gadsden (Silver Lakes), Birmingham (OxmoorValley), Hoover (Ross Bridge), Auburn/Opelika (Grand National), Prattville (Capitol Hill), Mobile (Magnolia Grove), Greenville (Cambrian Ridge), Dothan (Highland Oaks) and Point Clear (Lakewood Golf Club/Grand Hotel).
"Instead of just honoring one person as our 10 millionth visitor, we are celebrating across the Trail and every golfer on Oct. 23 is part of the celebration," said, president of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. "Our golfers - local, regional, national and international - have been very loyal to theRTJGolf Trail and this is a way of saying thank you while celebrating this significant milestone."
The RTJ Golf Trail has proven to be one of the state's most important tourist revenue endeavors since its inception by , the CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, and the opening of the first Trail courses in 1992.
The golf course designs started with Robert Trent Jones after coming out of retirement and have continued with Roger Rulewich, Jones' protégé. Now the Trail has 26 courses on 11 different sites across Alabama. Before the Trail opened in 1992, Alabama Tourism revenue was less than billion. In 2012, tourism revenues exceeded .6 billion and the Golf Trail was the state's top attraction.

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