The Back Yard

Birmingham, Alabama

Now accepting tee times.
Call (205) 942-1177 for more information or book your tee time online.

RTJ GOLF TRAIL AT OXMOOR VALLEY

BIRMINGHAM

Play The Back Yard, where you can enjoy fun, games, camaraderie, and refreshments with friends and family because we've done all the Yard work. Enjoy a drink while sitting around the fire pit in the rocking chairs overlooking the 1st tee. Yes, it's a golf course, but nothing like anything we've ever built in over 30 years on Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Meant to be played in about an hour by a foursome, the nine par 3 holes can play as short as 59 yards, with the longest at 132 yards. The Back Yard is a walking only golf course designed with no water hazards and just a handful of bunkers so that even the most novice golfer will enjoy their experience. At the same time, the scratch player will be challenged by interesting and sometimes confounding green designs. Leave your golf bag in the car and grab your putter, a couple of wedges, and maybe a short iron because that's all you'll need to enjoy The Back Yard.

We're confident that not only will you want to head straight from the 9th green back to the 1st tee to give The Back Yard another go, but you will also enjoy many hours around the fire pit, sipping your favorite drink while discussing the one that got away. Again!

Location
Birmingham

Course Tour

Par 3
1
105 yds
Outset
The opening hole at The Back Yard features a gentle uphill approach to a rolling green sitting on the diagonal from left front to back right. A greenside bunker protects the back right hole location and is designed to keep the ball that misses the green on the right from rolling further down the hill.
Par 3
2
82 yds
Split-Level
The second hole is the only hole at The Back Yard that starts with the tee box placed on the horizontal. This design allows the golfer to attack this dramatically two-tiered green from the angle that best suits their ball flight. Hit the correct side of the green and you will have a makeable birdie putt. Conversely, putts from the wrong side will leave a difficult two-putt.
Par 3
3
72 yds
False Front
Just because it's the shortest hole on The Back Yard doesn't mean it's the easiest. The hole features an uphill shot to a green with a dramatic false front that will funnel anything short back to the approach. However, a tee shot that finds the putting surface will be rewarded with a makeable birdie putt.
Par 3
4
132 yds
Goodwill
The 4th hole is our attempt to give something back to the golfer! Therefore, we had to include the fun and enjoyable classic Punch Bowl design into The Back Yard as it rewards shots that are a little offline and funnels the ball back toward the putting surface.
Par 3
5
125 yds
Tribute
The 5th hole features a gentler version of a Redan-style green that angles diagonally away from the tee from right-to-left. The green slopes from the front-right corner to the back-left corner and is protected by a bunker on the front left that helps keep the tee ball that misses left close to the green.
Par 3
6
88 yds
Upper Deck
The 6th hole at The Back Yard features a distinct two-tiered green that prioritizes hitting the tee shot on the correct level. A tee shot that stops on the wrong level will leave the golfer with a difficult two-putt.
Par 3
7
102 yds
The Wall
The very unusual green design presents the golfer with several unique and challenging hole locations. Also, an approach that finds the front bunker will leave the golfer with a difficult shot over the revetted grass wall. The Wall also features two tee boxes that allow the golfer to approach from different angles.
Par 3
8
92 yds
Hideaway
The 8th hole at The Back Yard presents a unique challenge as most of the putting surface is hidden from the golfer's view. The right side of the green is tucked and hidden behind the mounding from the 6th hole teeing area. As a result, the putting surface is large and runs away from the golfer toward one of our favorite pin locations on the course.
Par 3
9
113 yds
Pressure
Many holes-in-one will happen when the pin is in the thumbprint on the front of this unique green design. But when it's not there, we wish you well. Imagine your "friends" sipping a drink at the firepit overlooking the 9th green as you attempt your birdie putt. Of course, they are all very encouraging. Right? Great putt! Enjoy reliving that perfect moment until your next loop around The Back Yard.