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Very cool golf news out of Alabama!

Miguel Angel Jimenez has committed to play in the PGA Tour Champions 2017 Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf & Country Club. The club, located in Hoover south of Birmingham, was the original home to the tournament, which at the time was known as the Bruno’s Memorial Classic.

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 1.14.29 PM.pngGreystone is a gorgeous facility with a challenging layout. The tournament also has been held at Ross Bridge, an RTJ Trail course, and Shoal Creek Golf Club, which will play host to the USGA’s 2017 US Women’s Open.

The Bruno’s Memorial Classic began in 1991 as a way to bring fun, competitive golf with well-known albeit older PGA Tour players. That first event had Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Chi Chi Rodriguez as guests, and was won by George Archer. Other winners over the years include Jim Dent, Alabama native Hubert Green, Hale Irwin and Andy Bean.



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Paddlers can reserve one of six camping shelters along the Perdido River that accommodate up to eight people each. (Photo: ADCNR)

The Alabama State Lands Division has launched its new canoe trails website, www.alabamacanoetrails.com, with information and maps needed to plan an adventure on the Bartram Canoe Trail or the newly opened Perdido River Canoe Trail.

The site also makes it easy for paddlers to make overnight camping reservations for both trails.


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Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes migrate through north Alabama each winter and stop at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge holds a festival each January to celebrate these cool birds and other wildlife. (Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service)

DECATUR, Ala. — More than14,000 Sandhill Cranes along with several pairs of Whooping Cranes spend the winter each year at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, a major stopping point on the birds’ migration route.

To celebrate these birds and other wildlife viewing opportunities, the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association hosts a two day event bringing together experienced birders and those who would like to learn more about birding and other wildlife that call the refuge home. Sponsored by Toray, the fourth annual Festival of the Cranes is set for Jan. 14-15, 2017, at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

Along with offering two days of nature walks, concerts, live raptors and special programs, there are additional nature-inspired exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the city before, during and after the festival.


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The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) is pleased to unveil the new North Alabama Craft Beer Trail and the North Alabama Craft Beer Passport. The Trail Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 4.54.09 PMinvites craft beer enthusiasts on a self-guided tour of eight North Alabama microbreweries offering hundreds of unique flavors custom to the region.

Available on www.northalabama.org, the self-guided tour features eight microbreweries and tasting rooms located in Florence, Huntsville, Madison, Cullman, Guntersville and Gadsden.

“Designed for residents and visitors to enjoy, the North Alabama Craft Beer Trail is a unique attraction highlighting Alabama-made beer while providing a boost to the North Alabama economy,” said AMLA President/CEO Tami Reist. “The Trail spotlights fresh, locally-brewed beer and is another opportunity to give visitors a unique destination experience that can only be enjoyed in North Alabama.”

To see all the breweries, click below:


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On a ridge in the Freedom Hills of Northwest Alabama, in a clearing among century-old oaks and “piney” woods, one may visit the graves of more than 300 coon hounds, all tried and true. For most of the year one hears only the peaceful sounds of nature.

On Labor Day, however, the quiet is broken when folks gather for the annual Coon Dog Cemetery Labor Day Celebration. They come to have a good time and to pay tribute to the dogs and to those who loved them, especially the cemetery’s founder, Mr. Key Underwood, and the first dog buried here.


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The preliminary field has been announced for the 2016 Barbasol Championship and is pretty darn strong given the number of major championship and PGA Tour winners among the names.

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David Toms is one of several major championship winners in the Barbasol Championship field. (Photo: Barbasol Championship)

I attended the 2015 Barbasol Championship, which is held at the Lake Course at the RTJ Golf Trail in Opelika, Ala. It was hot — the tournament is held in mid-July — and the course meanders through a portion of woods that traps heat and humidity. That may not be a proper atmospheric description but ask any good ol’ Southern boy and they’ll agree. Those woods on the back nine, especially the No. 10 green and holes 11, 12, 13 and 14, are like stepping into a sauna.

When I’m at a tournament I listen to the fans to hear what they think. A couple of times last year I heard “Who’s he?” or “None of the big names are here.” I’ve heard similar comments at the Regions Tradition, a major on the Tour Champions schedule in Birmingham. Usually those are “These are the older guys” kind of comments.


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Turning 50 years old is a milestone, and in the professional golf world it signifies the minimum age to join the PGA Tour Champions circuit against the best older players still making the rounds.

DalyThe PGA Tour Champions rebranded this year from the Champions Tour. Either way, it’s a cool way for pro golfers to continue playing on some fabulous courses and interacting with fans. I’m glad they do.

It’s fun seeing players I grew up watching up close without the monstrous throngs of fans. I usually go to the Regions Tradition in Birmingham for a day or two. Being close to the players on tees, greens and fairways is awesome. It’s been held at Greystone Golf and Country Club, Ross Bridge RTJ Trail and, most recently, at Shoal Creek. It’s moving back to Greystone in May 2016.

Big news for the 2016 tournament is that two-time major champion John Daly has committed to play in the Regions Tradition. He won the PGA Championship and Open Championships, has had an interesting life in the public eye, and will be 50 on April 28. That’s the magic number and Daly will take advantage of the PGA Tour Champions possibility.

Great news for fans. Can’t wait!


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