Gulf Shores Golf Courses
Golf and an Alabama Gulf Coast vacation go hand in hand. Championship-caliber golf is just a stroke away at any of the area’s ten famous signature courses designed by greats such as Arnold Palmer, Bruce Devlin, Jerry Pate, Earl Stone and Robert Von Hagge.
Its no surprise that some of our area courses are consistently listed as “Best Plays to Play” by Golf Digest, as you’ll marvel at the spectacular beauty of greens that meander through lakes, waterways and live oaks, Plus, all courses are located within easy driving distance of the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area.
Whether you’re an avid golfer, weekend enthusiast or beginner, there’s a course for your level and interest. You’ll soon see why golf is one of the area’s biggest attractions.
Cotton CreekCraft Farms Coastal Golf Resort in Gulf Shores is home to Cotton Creek, the original Palmer design on the Alabama Gulf Coast.Cotton Creek offers a unique setting combining the mystique of golf legend Arnold Palmer with Southern hospitality and charm. Over-seeded wall-to-wall during the winter and spring months, this gem of a course is always lush and green and a pleasure to play 12 months a year.Featuring rolling fairways and large undulating greens, Cotton Creek is very playable from the forward tees and a true championship challenge of over 7,000 yards from the tips. True to its Palmer design, this traditional 18-hole masterpiece was laid out to challenge rather than intimidate, with numerous risk/reward opportunities throughout.
The newest Arnold Palmer design on the Alabama Gulf Coast is Cypress Bend at Craft Farms. This spectacular 18-hole layout was recently rated the “#1 most playable new course in the U.S.” by Golf Digest magazine. Featuring staggered tee boxes, sprawling bunkers, top quality putting surfaces and year-round lush and green conditions, Cypress Bend is an architectural masterpiece and a must play on your list.The perfect complement to its big brother, Cotton Creek, the course traverses a unique system of lakes that come into play on nearly every hole.
Considered by many to be “the best value on the Gulf Coast,” Glenlakes Golf Club features 27 holes of unforgettable golf.A “must play” experience is the links-style Dunes Course designed by renowned golf architects Robert Von Hagge and Bruce Devlin. True to form, the Dunes Course is an 18-hole championship layout with wide, rolling fairways, bordered by the designers’ hallmark mounds and ending with their characteristically large, undulating greens. To say the least, golfers of all abilities will love the challenging shots, natural beauty and truly unique golfing experience of The Dunes Course. This is golf at its very best.
On an extraordinary piece of property that lies directly on the Gulf of Mexico, golf enthusiasts have the opportunity to play a magnificent seaside layout: Kiva Dunes. Masterfully designed by former U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate, Kiva Dunes has become known as “the most glamorous course anywhere on the Gulf Coast” and is consistently ranked among America’s finest courses.Kiva Dunes offers spectacular beauty as the course meanders through pristine sand dunes, lakes and natural wildlife areas. This course has also been ranked nationally by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, and featured in Senior Golf, USGA Golf Journal, LINKS, Golf Course Living, and GolfSouth. Kiva Dunes, the #1 rated golf course in Alabama, represents a most exceptional and unforgettable golf experience and is definitely to be included on your “must play” list while visiting the Gulf Coast.
“Lost Land” was the romantic Spanish name for Perdido Key, and it will live on at Lost Key Golf Club. This Arnold Palmer signature course plays to a par 72 and captures the natural beauty of this barrier island.Lost Key Golf Club’s presence has set a “new standard of golf” on the Gulf Coast. Challenging for all golfers, Lost Key means great golf in the most traditional sense… personal attentiveness of the PGA staff, well-maintained playing surfaces and an environmentally friendly course which has achieved signature status with Audubon International.The course is the first to feature certified “Floradwarf” greens, which translate into smoother and faster putting surfaces normally associated with Bent grass. To help guide you through the course, we have equipped each golf cart with the ProShot Omni Golf System, a computerized yardage system that will give you critical distances as well as playing tips. Lost Key Golf Club provides all the amenities of the finest private clubs, yet is open to the public. Come play the course “where nature and sport reside in harmony.”
Of all the great coastal golf courses, Earl Stone’s creation at Peninsula may be unique. This 27-hole layout set on beautiful Mobile Bay promises the golfer nothing short of an awesome experience.Situated on 820 secluded acres touched on two sides by the Bon Secour Wildlife Preserve, the Peninsula represents one of the region’s most spectacular venues for Alabama golf. This masterful course winds through live oaks, cypress and natural vegetation, featuring more than 30 lakes and some of the area’s largest white-sand bunkers and waste areas. Numerous tee boxes are available to accommodate every golfer’s skill level.
If you’ve never played one of the nearly 50 courses designed by veteran architect Earl Stone, the Gulf Shores Golf Association offers three of his very best. The first is the 18-hole layout at Rock Creek Golf Club, one of the most challenging and grandly surprising courses in lower Alabama. The surprise at Rock Creek is the stunning topography, with some of Baldwin County’s highest elevations overlooking freshwater wetlands and the Rock Creek basin. The tall pines and hardwoods that line nearly every fairway only enhance the visual effect.Centerpiece of the master-planned Rock Creek residential community, this Earl Stone championship golf course is one that the serious golfer won’t want to miss. Rock Creek also features full clubhouse amenities, including a complete lunch menu and group outing banquet facilities, as well as certified golf instruction on a hilltop practice tee that must be seen to be appreciated.