Edited by Supra GTR, 09 January 2012 - 07:45 PM.
Southern Alabama Courses
Posted 06 January 2012 - 11:25 PM
I am going to play for sure the Arnold Palmer courses Cypress Bend and Cotton Creek. Are those any good. I think I may try Kiva also.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 02:33 PM
Best two courses are Kiva and Peninsula. Peninsula is a true resort course - not that difficult. Greens are great though - pretty fast and true.
Kiva is a much better golf course - difficult, especially when the wind kicks up (which is often). You won't be disappointed you played this one.
Can't speak to the others as for 5 years, these two have kept me very happy.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:39 PM
Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:47 PM
Near whree you'll be staying I enjoyed Rock Creek.
BW, you should eat at Lambert's up in Foley for some "throwed rolls"!!
Posted 14 January 2012 - 11:42 PM
Kiva Dunes - Very challenging, greens and fairways are usually impeccable. Champions greens.
Peninsula (27 holes) - A resort type course with wide fairways, but also in excellent condition. Champions greens.
Craft Farms (36 holes, Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend) - Arnold Palmer designs. Very good layouts. THey get a fair amount of play so tee boxes aren't perfect (they're nor bad). Bermuda greens that are always in good condition. Nice clubhouse and very friendly staff. This is club to which my wife and belong.
Gulf Shores Country Club - (Used to be the Golf Club of the Wharf) - This is a real sleeper. This course was renovated 3 or 4 years ago and it is great tract. Good test of golf. It's sneaky short. I believe it plays about 6,600 from the tips but there are 3 or 4 really long par 4's. The greens are always in excellent condition and run pretty fast for bermuda.
Rock Creek - An Earl Stone layout that is quite hilly. It also gets quite a bit of play so tee boxes aren't perfect. Fairways and greens are always good though. It's a really good course to play.
Glen Lakes - Just installed Champions greens. A very good layout that is usally in pretty good condition. But it does get quite a bit of play as it is one of the lower priced courses. The front and back nines are completely different designs.
Timbercreek - (27 holes) This is actually in Spanish Fort right on I-10 (at Hwy 181)so it'll be a 45 min drive. Nice Earl Stone layout similar to Rock Creek. (I like Rock Creek better.) It's a basic public course in decent enough condition. I believe they've played a couple of amatear tournaments there.
Soldiers Creek - An okay layout. Not my personal favorite, but many of my buddies play there regularly and like it. It just doesn't set up well for me. It's ususaly in pretty good condition though.
Also, you could go over to Lost Key in Perdido Key, FL (not too far from Orange Beach). We affectionately call it "Lost Ball". It's in great shape and is an interesting layout. LOTS of water and marsh!!! Finally, I do think it's worth a trip to Mobile and play The Falls at Magnolia Grove. An absolutely enjoyable and challenging layout.
Honours Golf owns and/or operates Peninsula, Craft Farms, and Rock Creek. Their staff members are great. You might find a package to play those courses on their website. In fact, I'd check the websites of all these courses as I given only my opinions. Good luck and enjoy yourself. And yes, Lambert's is somewhat of an experience.
Posted 08 February 2012 - 02:59 PM
Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:51 PM
I have played Rock Creek and really enjoyed it. Also I think the Par 3 course everyone is talking about is Emerald Greens? That name just rings a bell to me, wouldnt quote me on it though.
Edited by jli2636, 20 February 2012 - 10:51 PM.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:44 PM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:54 PM
I haven't played it, but the local nickname for Lost Key is Lost Ball....bring lots of ammo. The RTJ facility in Mobile might be a better bet and might be cheaper, too. Both courses are outstanding.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 08:55 AM
You're right about how they roll but it's mini Verde. The par 3 course was changed to champions last year.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 09:57 AM