Front Runners: Driving Fast And Long

A Porsche Cayenne picks you up at the Birmingham, Ala., airport and whisks you to the new Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa (800.593.6419, www.rossbridgeresort.com) for two kinds of driving. The resort, which opened last August, offers classroom training and track time in a 911 through its partnership with the nearby Porsche Driving Experience, and its golf course—said to be the world’s third longest—challenges even the most powerful hitters from the tee.

The Ross Bridge course, the newest on Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, measures 8,191 yards from the back tees. Designed by Bobby Vaughan and Roger Rulewich (who built several of the trail’s existing courses while serving as Trent Jones’ senior design associate), the layout circles back and forth around the forested property, returning to the hotel every three or four holes. The hotel itself, the first high-end resort in the Birmingham area, also includes a 12,000-square-foot spa and offers its fleet of Cayennes as courtesy vehicles.

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