10 Best Golf Courses in Alabama

Early fall is the perfect time of year to get out, play golf and have a game of golf.

Fortunately, Alabama is full of pristine golf courses ranging from extremely exclusive private clubs to quality public facilities.

We’ve put together a list of the top 10 golf courses in Alabama, ranked from north to south. All courses have 18 holes.

Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, the golf course at Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club is known for its challenging layout and lake views. Bordering Lake Wilson, less than 10 miles from Florence, this course has been the site of several events, including the SEC Championship, State Amateur Championship, and Southern Amateur, among others.

Atop Huntsville’s highest point is The Ledges Country Club golf course. This 18-hole championship course was designed by 2003 Golf Magazine Designer of the Year Mike Hurdzan and features 250 acres with views of the valley, downtown Huntsville and the Space and Rocket Center.

Photo from Ledges Country Club website
Photo taken from the Ledges Country Club website.
  • City: Birmingham

  • Public or Private: Private

  • Designer: Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones and Pete Dye

  • By: 71

Birmingham County Club’s West Course, together with its neighboring East Course, opened in the 1920s. Since then it has been renovated by renowned golf course architects such as Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Pete Dye .

Old Overton is an invitation-only golf club located in the Liberty Park area of ​​Vestavia Hills. It was designed in 1993 by Jerry Pate and Tom Fazio and ranked by Golf Digest as one of the best new private courses in 1994.

One of the greatest courses in the United States, Golf Digest ranks Shoal Creek as the best golf course in Alabama. This legendary course opened in November 1977 with US Open champions Jack Nicklaus, Jerry Pate and Hubert Green playing the first round. Since then, Shoal Creek has hosted two PGA Championships (1984 and 1990) as well as the US Amateur Championship, US Women’s Open and National Intercollegiate.

Greystone Country Club is home to two premier golf courses, Founders and Legacy. The Founders Course was designed by Bob Cupp in 1991 and now hosts the Regions Tradition PGA Champions Tour each spring.

Photo from Greystone Golf Country Club website
Photo from Greystone Golf Country Club website.

The Grand National du RTJ Golf Trail is rated the best public golf course in the country by Golf World Magazine. Its first Links course, one of three, is a newly renovated waterfront course with 12 of 18 holes hugging the shore.

Photo from RTJ Golf Trail website
Photo from RTJ website.
  • City: Sylacauga

  • Public or Private: Public

  • Designer: Hurdzan-Fry Environmental Golf Design, Inc.

  • By: 72

Golfweek has ranked FarmLinks at Pursell Farms as the best all-access course in Alabama for nine non-consecutive years. FarmLinks is a rural course in Sylacauga, resting at the foothills of the Appalachians. The holes on this course feature a variety of grass types and grooming techniques.

Photo from Farm Links Golf Club website
Photo from FarmLinks Golf Club website.

Golf World Magazine’s #2 public golf facility and another RTJ Golf Trail link is Capitol Hill. It consists of three courts: Judge, Legislator and Senator. Judge is a 200 acre course along the Alabama River. The 18-hole championship course overlooks the Montgomery skyline.

Photo from RTJ website
Photo from RTJ website.

Fancy a course a little closer to the Gulf? Kiva Dunes in Gulf Shores was rated the #1 public golf course in Alabama by Golf Advisor in 2017. The course has also received awards from Golf Digest, Golf Week, and Links Magazine.

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Michael C. Ford