Here are Alabama's top 10 golf courses, which was a difficult challenge to choose given the many fantastic top-rated courses in the area. Alabama is blessed to have more than 140 golf courses in total, therefore you can play golf there all year round. Some of these courses, though, are just stunning. Here are our picks of the best Golf courses in Alabama
10. FarmLinks Golf Course at Pursell Farms
For several years, Golf Week has ranked Farmlink's golf club as the top public course in the state. This is undoubtedly a golfer's paradise, and this course is the most challenging amongst all the other Robert Trent Jones Trail.
The course was tenderly fashioned out of picturesque farmland that has been in the Purcell family for three generations. It features a combination of dramatic elevation changes, clean fairways, exquisite greens, and T1 bentgrass. Here, you'll be treated like family and reminded of what it's like to play just for the beauty of it.
9. Kiva Dunes Golf Course - Gulf Shores
Kiva Dune's golf course is often ranked among the best in Alabama, and it's not hard to understand why. This stunning track winds its way through a mysterious location, offering an incredible opportunity for picture-perfect shots.
The lynx-style course has received several awards from golf digest, golf week, and links magazines over the years. In 2017, a golf advisor ranked it the greatest public golf course in Alabama. Jerry Pate, a previous winner of the US Open, and Jim Edgemont worked together to develop the course since they both have a love for the sport. The result is Alabama's one of the top public golf courses.
8. Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a collection of world-class golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and dispersed across Alabama as a result of investments made for Alabama's retirement systems. There are 18 holes on this almost 7,000-year-old layout. The spectacular oceanfront views on this Palmetto Dunes Resort golf course are well-known. The best hole may be found at the 10th hole, a 540-yard par-5. Its green is outlined by the ocean, and reaching it with the wind on your face requires three excellent shots.
7. Vestavia Country Club Golf Course
The newly renovated 18-hole golf course took home fourth place in the finest private course category, according to a news release from Vcc. The project was initially intended to repair an outdated irrigation system, but Lester George of George's golf design swiftly transformed it into a full course renovation. Hiring Lester was the best move since he stood out from other architects with his originality and golf course design, and the architectural aspects he added to this 18-hole, 72-par course spanning over 6800 years set the Vestavia golf course unique from the local market at the time.
6. Old Overton Club Golf Course
Old Overton Golf Club, a private golf club by invitation only, was founded in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, in 1993. Old Overton is now considered the third greatest golf course in the state. It was created by professional golfer jerry pate and architect Tom Fazio. In 1994, Golf Digest called it one of the finest new private courses.
5. Capitol Hill Golf Club - Judge Course
The Capitol Hill Judge Course is a massively expansive golf course with more than 7813 yards of golf courses and natural environments, allowing each 18-hole layout to be very unique from the others. The legislator course has a more conventional layout reminiscent of Pinehurst, the senator course is an Irish link-style course with no trees, and the judge course gives stunning vistas of the Alabama River from the opening hole. The senator course hosted an annual LPGA competition for ten years.
4. Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club Golf Course
The course, which was created by famous architect Robert Trent Jones Senior, is recognized for its challenging layout and natural topography that overlooks the Tennessee River. Robert Trent Jones Sr., a renowned golf course architect who is considered one of the most prolific and creative course designers of all time, created the Turtle Point Club golf course where you can play golf year-round. It is an 18-hole, 72-par course with a length of over 7100 yards that was constructed in 1961.
3. The Ledges Golf Course - Huntsville
The ledges are located at over 1500 feet above sea level, and the highest point in Huntsville. The ledges golf course features an 18-hole 71 par championship golf course unlike any other in the state. For his work at the ledges, the designer Mike Hurdzan was selected as the designer of the year. The course’s terrain features bent-grass greens, zoysia fairways, and Bermuda rough. The view from this challenging course is breathtaking, with 5 different tee settings, sculpted greens and fairways, and tough bunkers.
2. Birmingham Country Club Golf Course (west)
The west course of the Birmingham Country Club was placed on the golf digest’s 100 greatest since it opened 40 years ago. Now the course has turned into a P.B. Dye design after he modified it. This 18-hole 72-par course is over 6700 yards long, featuring Bent Grass fairways and greens.
1. Shoal Creek Golf Course
Shoal Creek is a residential subdivision in Shelby county, Alabama, that is gated and well guarded, but this18-hole 71-par golf course that spans almost 7000 yards, is public. In 2018, the US Open championship event was held here. The course is pretty challenging even for Advanced Golfers, it has bunkers, elevation changes, and water hazards. It’s convenient to the city because it’s located 15 miles southeast of downtown Birmingham. It’s also near the airport, and the breathtaking view makes it worth the drive.