The foyer at Ross Bridge is spacious and welcoming and check-in is quick and simple, itís within minutes of leaving the bus that I am wheeling my case slightly excitedly towards my room.
The excitement is due to my impending spa treatment but also because I have spotted a lounger by the pool with my name on it and a waiter to keep me hydrated with some nice rum cocktails Ė I did spot a well equipped gym but I am due a day in the sun Ė well several really but that's for another time.
Oh my! As the room opens and the cool air of the air con hits me I hadnít realised how hot I was. The room has a kingsize bed, huge TV, walk-in stone tiled shower, I have to say the room is just wonderfully presented and the face dive onto the bed tells me I have a nice firm bed.
A quick shower and change sees me heading for my 4pm appointment with Melissa Justice who is my massage therapist for today. Time is of the essence today as I want to soak up that Vitamin D by the pool so I have plummeted for the 25 minute deep tissue massage.
Melissa uses a Biotone revitalising massage oil and I have told her if she hears me squealing to pay no heed and just get in there and get those knots out. To be honest I am not sure she would have stopped anyway, it was intense and my gosh did she get into my back but after 25 mintues of what felt like a wrestling match my time was up. There was Japanese style soothing music but Melissa may as well played some death metal as it was a real body work out. But when she was finished I felt wonderful like I had just taken off a rucksack full of rocks. Now to find that lounge and waiter!
Apart from the saltwater outside pool that I am lounging next to that has a slide, there is a childrenís pool and an indoor pool and of course the fitness centre that I mentioned earlier has a selection of free weights and cardiovascular equipment. There is also a biking trail, jogging and fitness trail, tennis and of course the Ross Bridge golf course that is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
The dining options are Brockís - and I can testify that they can produce the perfect Pittsburgh Steak. The clubhouse restaurant serves classic American cuisine - there is also a coffee shop and JTís Lounge where you have a choice of local or continental beers and a wide selection of cocktails and they produce a mean dark and stormy, what more from a day could a girl ask for, cheers!
Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa
4000 Grand Ave, Birmingham, AL 35226, USA
T: +1 205-916-7677
Top 7th Green. Above: The 1st and 6th double green. Par 3, 8th green. Sunset on the 15th green
The 9th hole heading back up to the clubhouse