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. Routed generously though part of the 3,500-acre Pursell Farms estate in Sylacauga, FarmLinks continues to garner golfing admirers and for good reasons.
The course forms the sporting focal point of a property that is part resort, part research and learning centre, where the boundaries of agronomy and agriculture are constantly being pushed by a family business that has been successfully operating in this line of business since 1904.
Feature holes include the pond-protected par fours at the 2nd and 9th and the long, downhill par threes at the 5th and 8th. On the back nine, the 616-yard 18th is a formidable closing hole, with a couple of large oak trees and three fairway bunkers blocking the most direct route to the home green.
This hidden gem is one of my Top 10 courses I have ever played (this includes Pebble Beach, Southern Hills, Wolf Creek, etc).
Conditions, people, facilities, food, everything is 5*. The course is fantastic and the conditions are impeccable. Unbelievable variety of holes, with the Par 3 #6 my favorite. A 200yd tee shot that drops 150ft to a green far below!
The only drawback is getting to Sylacauga - but if you combine this course with the RTJ Trail, you will have the golf trip of a lifetime for pennies on the $.