2013 Travel – Anyone golfed in Alabama?

BamaNeed some advice on a new golf destination.  I want to book a fall trip on the Robert Trent Jones (RTJ Golf Trail) in Alabama and have read lots of good things about excellent value, great courses, top notch playing conditions, but I’ve never been to Alabama much less considered how to play the trail.

It seems the trail is spread out over the entire state and there is some serious mileage between courses.  I’m looking for a reasonable itinerary for a week of golf in the October time frame with about 18 holes per day and was wondering if this was even doable considering how spread out the RTJ Trail is.  Does it make sense to identify a center-state spot as my headquarters and venture out for day trips, or travel along the trail to different sites?

I’m also a huge fan of SEC football and would LOVE to turn this adventure into a bucket list event and couple it with a home game at the University of Alabama on either Oct 19 vs Arkansas or Oct 26 vs Tennessee!

Anyone with tips on golfing the RTJ or how to get Alabama football tickets, please send.  Thanks!