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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 Alabama Golf Association has been promoting amateur golf in the state since its early beginnings in 1915. Today the organization serves more than 130 golf clubs, which stretch from the Tennessee state line in the north down to the Gulf of Mexico.

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 September 2020. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Alabama

Shoal Creek

1st Alabama - Best in Area

Bob Cupp (when he was senior designer for Jack Nicklaus) designed Shoal Creek and the course opened in 1977, hosting several top-flight competitions since then.

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Ledges Country Club

2nd 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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Country Club of Birmingham (West)

3rd 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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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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Country Club of Mobile

5th 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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Old Overton

6th 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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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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Kiva Dunes

8th 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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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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Vestavia

10th Alabama - Best in Area

Established in the late 1940s, Vestavia Country Club was originally formed as an equestrian facility called Vestavia Hills Riding Club but it soon changed direction to become a country club, with a George Cobb-designed golf course...

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Alabama Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 keith burdette Courses Played 24
2 Cory Lewis Courses Played 22
3 Todd Jackson Courses Played 16
= David Harak Courses Played 16
5 Andrew Brass Courses Played 14
= Will Feagin Courses Played 14
7 Colin Braithwaite Courses Played 13
8 Sam Peacock Courses Played 12
9 Steve Harris Courses Played 11
= Dave Finn Courses Played 11