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4 Nights, 7 rounds for $760!

September 2011

1. BIRMINGHAM, ALA. (May)
Fifth T.G.T. (Tripod Golf Tournament)

GROUP SIZE: 8

TRIP PLANNER: Michael Zerah

HISTORY: Started by "three amigos" from high school in California, this trip was designed to carry on their brotherly bond. From their website: "An exclusive fraternity for those who appreciate and love/hate the glorious game of golf while drinking excessively during the process, of course."

COURSES: Judge and Senator at Capitol Hill; Lake and Links at Grand National; Ridge and Valley at Oxmoor Valley; Ross Bridge.

LODGING: Courtyard by Marriott-Prattville; Fairfield Inn & Suites at Auburn Opelika; Hotel Highland at Five Points South in Birmingham.

WHY THE ROBERT TRENT JONES TRAIL? Zerah saw an ad and read some positive reviews on golfdigest.com. He describes the Trail's customer-support team as "amazing" and says his trip planner helped him create "the perfect package for our party's size and budgets."

TRADITION: The champion gets his name engraved on the trophy and gets to pick the meal at the Sandbagger's Ball the next year.

THE DEAL: The rate of $760 per person includes seven rounds of golf, four nights of lodging and two rented minivans.

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