SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

December 18, 2013 16:45 ET

Hoover, Alabama Hotel Gives the Gift of Award-Winning Golf This Holiday Season

While the Rest of the Country Braces for Snow, the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa Takes to the Tees

BIRMINGHAM, AL--(Marketwired - Dec 18, 2013) - When it comes to deciding where to book a golf getaway, travelers could rely on favorable weather patterns. They could listen to their friends' recommendations. They could trust the opinions of industry experts. Or they could do all three and make their way to the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa, where national media attention and good, old-fashioned playability make for a golf trip that's a holiday dream come true.

While this Hoover, Alabama hotel has plenty to recommend it off the greens (like four restaurants, an Aveda spa and 21,000 square feet of event space), it's the RTJ at Ross Bridge Golf Club that's garnering national attention these days. For starters, the January 2014 issue of Golf Digest will name its Readers' Top 36 Buddies Destinations in the world. Ten of these are Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail courses, with Ross Bridge earning the 17th spot in the lineup. GOLF Magazine, meanwhile, will showcase four Best Trips in its January 2014 issue, where the RTJ Golf Trail receives a specific mention for its excellent value. This nod is especially true in January, when golfers can save up to $105 on golf packages at the resort.

The RTJ Golf Trail recently received screen time as well when the Golf Channel's travel expert, Matt Ginella, identified it as the No. 2 Best Budget Buddy Trip in the country. Northern Michigan may have snagged the No. 1 spot, but while its courses lay buried beneath the snow this winter, the RTJ Golf Trail beckons with lushly verdant links. And Ross Bridge was specifically showcased in the television segment thanks to its universal appeal and unique layout.

Travelers looking for luxury accommodations in Birmingham to complement their golf game will appreciate this resort's 259 lavish guest rooms, which come equipped with luxury bedding, refrigerators and breathtaking views. Unique among Samford University hotels, the property also boasts a signature pool with waterfalls, a health club and critically-acclaimed dining at its Mediterranean restaurant, Brock's.

To get its guests in the holiday spirit, this hotel in Birmingham is celebrating Christmas with Charlie Brown flair. Snoopy, Charlie Brown and all their friends appear in decorations throughout the majestic property, while complimentary readings of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" occur each Tuesday and Thursday until Christmas. And for guests still pondering what to put under the tree this year, a RTJ Trail Card or Spa Trail Card may be just the answer. For $35, the RTJ Trail Card offers discounts on golf throughout 2014 and for the rest of 2013. Similarly, the Spa Trail Card, which retails for $50, yields discounts and extra amenities at all five spas within the RTJ Resort Collection, including Ross Bridge. Both cards are available at

From nationally-endorsed golfing getaways, to holiday incentives, it seems there's every reason to book a golf retreat at Ross Bridge this winter.

About the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
Impressively known as "the Castle," the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa looks and feels every inch like a royal retreat. This AAA Four Diamond resort presides over a bucolic landscape of woodlands, lakes and the third-longest golf course in the world. In accordance with the setting, the 259-room hotel stretches up and out of the landscape like a castle with everything but the moat. Turrets, pitched roofs and enough space to accommodate 16 function rooms and a 12,000-square-foot European spa greet visitors upon their arrival. In the guest rooms, oversized bathrooms and private balconies await, while four restaurants, including the critically-acclaimed Brock's, translate to sumptuous dining options. Indoor and outdoor pools, as well as tennis, volleyball and a biking/jogging trail, all provide plenty of opportunities for guests to work off their feasts. And if business brings travelers to Birmingham, they can be confident that this property, which is ranked as the sixth top Renaissance hotel in the country for meetings, will exceed expectations. Close to attractions like Aldridge Gardens and the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Castle ultimately feels fit for a king.

About Renaissance Hotels
Renaissance Hotels represents a diverse collection of more than 150 hotels in 35 countries worldwide. Each property is unique, offering passionate travelers a one-of-kind experience and memories they will be sure to take with them long after they depart. Within every hotel, guests are greeted by an exceptional array of amenities and an inspiring world of local discoveries. For travelers looking to experience something new, innovative and locally driven programs including the industry leading entertainment platform RLife LIVE as well R Navigator, ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. Renaissance Hotels. Live Life To Discover. To discover more, visit

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