Best of 2016: Top 15 golf courses in Alabama



FarmLinks at Pursell Farms is a unique setup that pays homage to the golf course superintendent, with various turf types. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor)
In Gulf Shores, Kiva Dunes is one of the top-rated plays on the Gulf Coast. (Courtesy of Kiva Dunes)
The longest public golf course in the U.S. is Ross Bridge at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa. (Courtesy of RTJ Golf Trail)
Gunter's Landing in Alabama was the no. 1-rated course for value on Golf Advisor in 2015. (Courtesy of Gunters Landing)

There's been no better state for football than Alabama in recent years, but the golf scene has also held its own nationally among the top-rated courses on Golf Advisor. Two courses made the top 10 U.S. Courses in 2016 according to Golf Advisor reviews.

The state's golf offerings feature a collection of fine local courses, plus some of the top bargain destinations in the southeast. Gulf Shores is a favorite getaway in the fall and spring months. Meanwhile the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is known nationally for excellent value and high-caliber tournament facilities. The top 15, gathered using your ratings and reviews from 2016, showcases a mix of these golf experiences.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Alabama in 2016

Course layout: FarmLinks Golf Club
Course conditions: Kiva Dunes Golf Club
Value: Azalea City Golf Club
Off-course amenities: FarmLinks Golf Club
Pace of play: Cider Ridge Golf Club
Staff friendliness: Kiva Dunes Golf Club

Top 15 courses in Alabama in 2016

15. Azalea City Golf Course

Mobile

14. The General Golf Course at Joe Wheeler State Park

Rogersville

13. Limestone Springs Golf Club

Oneonta

12. Terri Pines Country Club

Cullman

11. Twin Bridges Golf Club

Gadsden

10. Plantation Course at Goose Pond Colony Resort

Scottsboro

9. Cider Ridge Golf Club

Oxford

8. Lake Course at Goose Pond Colony Resort

Scottsboro

7. Dogwood Hills Golf Club

Flat Rock

6. Gulf Shores Golf Club

Gulf Shores

5. Gunter's Landing Golf Club

Guntersville

4. Cherokee Ridge Country Club

Union Grove

3. Ross Bridge at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Birmingham

2. FarmLinks Golf Club

Sylacauga
No. 7 in the U.S. in 2016

1. Kiva Dunes Golf Course

Gulf Shores
No. 4 in the U.S. in 2016

Feb 13, 2017

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Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.


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