Appropriately named for its location just outside Alabama’s state capital, the Judge course at Capitol Hill opens with one of the more memorable holes on the Trail. The opener plays straight down hill to a green perched along the backwaters of the Alabama River. With water in play on 14 of 18 holes, the Judge—currently ranked fifth on our Best in Alabama list—demands your best ball-striking, most notably on the island-green par-3 sixth.
100 Greatest Public: Ranked 100th, 2009-'10.
Best in State: Ranked fourth, 2011-'12, 2015-'16. Ranked fifth, 2021-'22. Ranked sixth, 2013-'14, 2017-'18, 2019-'20, 2023-'24.
2023-'24 ranking: 6th.