Build it and They Did Indeed Come

By James McAfee

Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, borrowed a page from the movie, Field of Dreams, “build it and they will come” to get the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail built.

Instead of a baseball field, he had an even bigger dream, build a collection of eight public golf courses all over the state—all at the same time, the largest golf course construction project ever attempted.

The first piece of the puzzle was to get Bobby Vaughan, the former director of golf at Tanglewood in Clemmons, N.C., to put the plan in motion. Vaughan formed SunBelt Golf Corporation, which would develop, construct, operate and manage all 18 golf courses. Vaughan began hiring experts throughout the golf industry. More