Alabama

Alabama, “The Heart of Dixie”, reflects the pivotal role Alabama played in defining the history of the South. Montgomery was where the Constitution of the Confederacy was drawn up and it’s the capital of Alabama, but Birmingham – 75 miles further north – is Alabama’s largest city and this was where golf began in the Cotton State.

The golfing elder statesman of Alabama is the Country Club of Birmingham, which was formed in 1898. Donald Ross laid out both courses at the Country Club and the East dates back to 1903, but it’s the West course, overhauled by RTJ, that receives the accolades. Robert Trent Jones designed around 500 US golf courses and the architect has left a trail in Alabama. In fact, Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is the largest golf course construction project ever attempted. It’s a collection of 468 golf holes on 11 different sites across the state and according to the New York Times, the Trail represents “some of the best public golf on earth.”

Our Alabama Best In State Rankings were last updated in May 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Alabama

Shoal Creek - Alabama

1st Alabama - Best in Area

Jack Nicklaus designed the golf course at Shoal Creek in 1977 and the Club has hosted several top-flight competitions since then.

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Description: Jack Nicklaus designed the golf course at Shoal Creek in 1977 and the Club has hosted several top-flight competitions since then. Rating: 4 out of 6

Birmingham (West)

2nd Alabama - Best in Area

Donald Ross originally designed the West course at the Country Club of Birmingham but Robert Trent Jones modified it in the 1950s and Pete Dye made further changes from the mid 1980s onwards.

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Description: Donald Ross originally designed the West course at the Country Club of Birmingham but Robert Trent Jones modified it in the 1950s and Pete Dye made further changes from the mid 1980s onwards. Rating: 5 out of 6

FarmLinks

3rd Alabama - Best in Area

Designed by Dr Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, the course at FarmLinks Golf Club opened its tees for play in 2003 and has never looked back.

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Ledges Country Club

4th Alabama - Best in Area

The golf course at The Ledges Country Club is a Dr Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry co-design that opened in 2000 and is set spectacularly on the highest ground in Huntsville.

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Description: The golf course at The Ledges Country Club is a Dr Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry co-design that opened in 2000 and is set spectacularly on the highest ground in Huntsville. Rating: 6 out of 6

Old Overton

5th Alabama - Best in Area

Co-designed by Jerry Pate and Tom Fazio the golf course of the Old Overton Club is nestled in the wooded, rolling hills to the south of Birmingham, at the site of a former strip mine.

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Capitol Hill (Judge)

6th Alabama - Best in Area

The Judge course is the star attraction of the Alabama Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. One of three RTJ 18-holers at Capitol Hill, the Judge is, according to a leading golf magazine, “one of the 10 public courses in America worthy of hosting the U.S. Open”.

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Grand National (Lake)

7th Alabama - Best in Area

A dozen of the Lake course fairways at Grand National are laid out around the shores of Lake Saugahatchee and one of those holes is regarded by some as the finest par thee in Alabama’s RTJ Golf Trail.

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Grand National (Links)

8th Alabama - Best in Area

The longest of the three courses on the RTJ Golf Trail at Grand National, the Links layout can be stretched to 7,311 yards and some think this well-manicured course is the best on the entire Trail.

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Country Club of Mobile

9th Alabama - Best in Area

Established in 1899, the Country Club of Mobile boasts a Donald Ross course that was set out for the members in 1928. The layout has been much altered, with Ron Forse carrying out the most recent renovation.

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The Shoals (Fighting Joe)

10th Alabama - Best in Area

If you like it long, and we mean seriously long, then you’ll love the RTJ Trail’s 8,092-yard Fighting Joe golf course at The Shoals.

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