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 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Alabama

Country Club of Birmingham (West)

1st 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

Shoal Creek - Alabama

2nd 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

Ledges Country Club

3rd 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: 5.5 out of 6

FarmLinks

4th 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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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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Country Club of Mobile

6th 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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Kiva Dunes

7th Alabama - Best in Area

Created by developer Jim Edgemon and former U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate, Kiva Dunes is the product of their shared passion for links golf on the Gulf Coast.

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Description: Created by developer Jim Edgemon and former U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate, Kiva Dunes is the product of their shared passion for links golf on the Gulf Coast. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Grand National (Lake)

8th 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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Description: 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. Rating: 5 out of 6

Turtle Point

9th Alabama - Best in Area

Another golf course from the prolific Robert Trent Jones, the Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club is one of Alabama’s private facilities, so you’ll need to befriend a member to sample one of RTJ’s 1960s designs.

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Description: Another golf course from the prolific Robert Trent Jones, the Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club is one of Alabama’s private facilities, so you’ll need to befriend a member to sample one of RTJ’s 1960s designs. Rating: 4 out of 6

Capitol Hill (Judge)

10th Alabama - Best in Area

The Judge is the star attraction of Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. One of three RTJ 18-holers at Capitol Hill, it's considered to be, “one of the 10 public courses in America worthy of hosting the U.S. Open”.

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Description: The Judge is the star attraction of Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. One of three RTJ 18-holers at Capitol Hill, it's considered to be, “one of the 10 public courses in America worthy of hosting the U.S. Open”. Rating: 4.5 out of 6