SOURCE: Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National

Auburn Hotels

February 22, 2011 18:19 ET

Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel Named in Top Ten for Golf in North America

PRATTVILLE, AL--(Marketwire - February 22, 2011) - For recreation at Marriott hotels in North America, those looking for the best guest satisfaction should head to Alabama. In addition to having the top Marriott spa globally in 2010 (Spa at the Grand Hotel), Alabama has the top golf location at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill. Part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Resort Collection, three other Alabama locations also join Capitol Hill in Marriott's Top 10 for customer satisfaction: Muscle Shoals, Auburn/Opelika and Point Clear. Marriott has 25 golf locations in the United States and Canada.

"The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail started just under 20 years ago and the addition of Marriott hotels has enhanced the experience of our guests," said John Cannon, president of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. "Having the four Top 10 golf locations, including the #1 spot, plus Marriott's best spa makes Alabama quite a destination for guests wanting great customer service and a real value." The RTJ Golf Trail has consistently been ranked one of Alabama's top tourist attractions since opening in 1992 and makes for the ideal golfer's weekend getaway from Atlanta and other nearby cities.

Marriott International uses a third-party company specializing in guest satisfaction to rate all areas of the hotels, including golf and spas. Both the RTJ Golf Trail and its Resort Collection are owned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

Marriott Golf Rankings for North America

1. Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill

2. Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center - Orlando, Florida

3. Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott - Horseshoe Bay, Texas

4. Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa - Marco Island, Florida

5. (t) Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa*

5. (t) MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center - Kingsport, Tennessee

7. (t) Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National*

7. (t) Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa - Hilton Head, South Carolina

9. Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest - Ypsilanti, Michigan

10. Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa*

* Part of the RTJ Golf Trail's Resort Collection in Alabama.

Number seven on the list of top Marriott golf resorts in North America is the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National. Overlooking the award-winning Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, this hotel near Auburn is on par with the nation's most distinctive facilities. Nestled on 2,000 acres of lakefront countryside, the hotel is an exceptional golf and business retreat located in the quaint, historic town of Opelika. Among the most scenic of hotels in Auburn, Alabama, it is situated on the shores of Lake Saugahatchee offering a peaceful and serene atmosphere and featuring access to 54 extraordinary holes of championship golf designed by legendary architect, Robert Trent Jones. 

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has 26 courses on 11 different sites across Alabama. For lodging, the Resort Collection has four full-service Marriott and four Renaissance hotels. More information on the RTJ Golf Trail and its resorts can be found at