Now that the Covid-19 case numbers have decreased and we are starting to hang out with our friends again, we golfers are excited to get back out on the courses! Here along the Alabama Gulf Coast, our amenities are starting to open back up fully in our island home. A post-pandemic golf weekend in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan may be just what the doctor ordered to help you get over those pandemic lockdown blues! There is no better time than now to make up for all the missed tee times from last year and according to Sports Show , golf ranks among the ten most popular sports in the world, so it is no coincidence that some of the best golf courses in the world are found right here along the Alabama Gulf Coast. But how do you know which course is right for you? To make your decision easier, we have listed the top five golf courses in our area:
- Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club
Located just off Fort Morgan Road, Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club is another of our local favorites. Peninsula offers three separate 9 hold courses: Lakes, Cypress and Marsh and we encourage you to play all three. Combine two of the three to make an 18-hole round. Each provides a distinctly different challenge and reward. Finding this type of variety in one resort location is not always easy. Make sure to visit the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club website to learn about tee times and fees. Sunset Properties is proud to offer the golfer with discerning taste an elegant beach home located about ten minutes from Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club. Coquille at Martinique is a six-bedroom, five bath gorgeous beach home located in the golf cart friendly gated community of Martinique just off Fort Morgan Road. After a day of golfing and enjoying the sun and breezes that flow through the Peninsula Golf Course, you’ll only be a short trip from a relaxing shower and a private sunroom or deck where you can enjoy your evening cocktail.
- Craft Farms Golf Resort
Every serious golfer knowsCraft Farms Golf Resort is one of the top resorts in the country. The Cotton Creek Course and The Cypress Bend Course were both designed by the legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, making them extremely appealing to anyone who swings a club. With perfectly trimmed fairways and surrounding areas unmatched in beauty, these 18-hole courses are a must for any golfer, pro or otherwise. Craft Farms, located at 3840 Cotton Creek Circle in Gulf Shores, about fifteen minutes from the beachfront luxury home Lighthouse 607, offers beautifully furnished clubhouses managed by a knowledgeable and professional staff. These courses are both challenging and entertaining. To book your tee time, visit the Craft Farms online. To get a closer look at the exquisitely decorated Gulf front beach home called Lighthouse 607, visit Sunset Properties. Make sure you give Craft Farms a serious look, too. After all, you may find Arnold Palmer designed the perfect course for You!
- One Club Golf
For one of the most distinctive golfing experiences around, try One Club Golf. Along with traditional day time golfing outings, One Club Golf offers golfing after dark. That’s right, you can experience this glowingly fun way to golf, after the sun goes down. With Sunset Golf, Glow Golf and Golf Happy Hour, we are sure everyone in your family will have a blast. So much of what we think of when we consider visiting a beach resort town, revolves around enjoying sunny days. Well, with this new twist on a favorite sport, starry nights are in style, too! Conveniently located at 4000 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores, One Club Golf is just a short drive to the Bon Secour River area where Hangar Outer is located. If enjoying the stars is something that appeals to you, be sure to consider Hangar Outer. This special beach home was constructed out of an old airplane hangar and it is perfectly and appropriately located for any sky watcher. Surrounded by 380 feet of water, the views of both water and sky are unmatched! So after a day or night of golfing at One Club Golf, come home and continue your fun experience of enjoying twenty-four hours of fun at Hangar Outer!
- Gulf Shores Golf Club
Located in the heart of Gulf Shores at 520 Clubhouse Drive, Gulf Shores Golf Club is a semi-private club. Guests are welcome to play this top rated Alabama golf course, along with members. This beautifully kept 18 hole course is home to several local non-golfing residents. Raccoons, squirrels and alligators can be found on or near the course. The course has some challenging holes, as well. Trees and ponds make navigating this local favorite fun and exciting. While you’re here, be sure to visit the Pro Shop and clubhouse. Gulf Shores Golf Club, built in the 1960s, is an icon in our area and we know you will want to visit it while you’re in our neighborhood. Speaking of neighborhoods, one of our favorites is the Fort Morgan Community. Just minutes from Gulf Shores Golf Club, Tetherdown is a Mobile Bay front beach home just waiting for you and nine of your friends. If a guy’s or girl’s golf weekend that includes fabulous views of the water is your goal, be sure to give this beach home a look. Tetherdown, like Gulf Shores Golf Club, is surrounded with the natural wildlife that makes the Alabama Gulf Coast so inviting. Be on the lookout for dolphins in Mobile Bay and possibly raccoons, squirrels or alligators near the home. Also, if you see any of our Alabama Beach Mouse friends, please don’t disturb them. They are endangered and we need them to help us keep our dunes intact.
- Kiva Dunes Resort and Golf
The Golf Course at Kiva Dunes has just over 7,100 yards of play area and is one of the top courses in Alabama. Located just off Fort Morgan Road at 815 Plantation Road near Gulf and Golf East and Gulf and Golf West, Kiva Dunes is a completely public course. In April 2018, it was ranked the top public course in Alabama by Golf Advisor. The golf course, itself, as well as the professional staff, constantly receive rave reviews from guests and locals alike. We are quite partial to them, as well! Because of the novel location of this amazingly manicured course, which is literally between The Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay, the winds that pass over it change frequently. Winds blow across the course from both the Gulf and Mobile Bay. As every golfer knows, as the winds that blow across a course change, the course, itself, changes. This makes each golfing experience at Kiva a unique one. If you’re looking for a course that is constantly a challenge, well-kept and managed by super friendly folks, and is within walking distance from beautifully decorated beach homes that sleep up to seventeen of your closest golfing buddies, Kiva Dunes Resort and Golf is perfect for you! For tee times and fees, visit Kiva Dunes online.
If you’re looking for a great place to practice and just hit a few balls around, be sure to visit The City of Orange Beach’s Orange Beach Golf Center located at 4700 Easy Street in Orange Beach. Easy Street is just off Canal Road near The Wharf in Orange Beach. The Orange Beach Golf Center features 9-Hole, Par-3 Course, lighted driving range, practice putting/chipping greens, practice sand bunker, and Pro Shop. This golf venue is so lovely and well-kept. We encourage island guests to visit The Orange Beach Golf Center for a relaxing afternoon.
Many of you have heard about the great courses in our area, but you’re not sure which one or ones to visit. As locals, we’ve tried them all. We are happy to recommend these courses, managed by our neighbors and friends, to you, our guests. We believe you will fall in love with Golfing the Gulf Coast, just like thousands have before you. And if you’re a repeat guest golfer, welcome back!
Remember, your vacation home is just as important as finding the perfect place to tee off. Visit us at Sunset Properties and we can help you find those perfect accommodations for you and your family or you and your golf buddies. From private pools to dog friendly options, to vacation homes with places to park your golf cart or your personal watercraft, at Sunset Properties, we have them all! And we can’t wait for you to see them!