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Woolfman_8
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Gulf Shores courses
Family is building a house down in Orange Beach/Elberta and last night I put together a list of all the public courses within an hour of our place. Wanted to see if any of y’all had played any of them and what your thoughts on the course conditions/difficulty/value was?

Soldiers creek golf course
GlenLakes golf club
Gulf links golf center
Craft farms golf club
Gulf shores golf club
Perdido bay golf course
Lost key golf club
Osceola municipal golf course
Peninsula golf club
Quail Creek golf course
Kiva Dunes
Scenic hills CC

these are in order of distance from the house. With soldiers creek being a 10 minute drive and Kiva/Scenic Hills being 50 minutes.
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Front9Bandit
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re: Gulf Shores courses
Kiva, then the rest


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CoachChappy
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re: Gulf Shores courses
Kiva is baller
Peninsula is nice as well, but sucks the first time you play it.

Gulf Shores Golf Club is a fun course with an easy lay out. It drains amazingly.

Lost Key is another awesome place. Many people call it lost ball.


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meauxcheeks
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re: Gulf Shores courses
Rock Creek, in Fairhope, is nice. I've played it many times.


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Mulat
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re: Gulf Shores courses
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Perdido bay golf course
Lost key golf club and Scenic hills CC



I play tournaments yearly at the first two, always nice course, price higher than Scenic Hills.

I play Scenic Hills usually at least once a month, good course.

We rotate, 10 man group, between Scenic Hills, Marcus Pointe, Stonebridge, Osceloa and Cypress Lakes

I would not consider any of these in the Gulf Shores area. Timber Creek in Daphne was a challenging course. We will be going back there.
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Woolfman_8
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re: Gulf Shores courses
Anyone play soldiers creek or GlenLakes? I hear craft farms is nice


MexicanBurtReynolds
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re: Gulf Shores courses
Soldiers is not worth what they charge. I like the layout, but weeds everywhere.

Glen Lakes - used to play there a lot, no real complaints.


Mulat
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re: Gulf Shores courses
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no real complaints.


Have you played Timber Creek in Daphne? Interesting course a lot of elevation changes.


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Woolfman_8
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re: Gulf Shores courses
I hear gulf shores golf club/ wharf golf course is nice too.


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Hamma1122
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re: Gulf Shores courses
Peninsula


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The Johnny Lawrence
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re: Gulf Shores courses
Soldier’s Creek- Never played it, but it is owned by the Woerner’s (Turf company), so I assume the grass is green.

Peninsula- If you are going to drive there, play Kiva Dunes.. if you can’t afford it, play Gulf Shores Golf Club, but if you play Peninsula, enjoy an apple from the barrel between nines.

GSCC- Great course, one of my favorites in Alabama. Difficult layout, but fair.

Craft Farms- Nice but nothing special. You will leave your round and say “wow, that was a well-kept course, but something I could have played in Baton Rouge.” That statement applies to both courses.

Kiva Dunes- It is the quintessential gulf coast golf course. It’s just off the beach and is home to some of the most picturesque holes in the South. It is unbearably difficult from the tips with the wind, but from up a tee, it becomes manageable and fun. It is always in good shape and has an excellent practice facility.

Perdido Bay Golf Club- Nice, but difficult. It is in close proximity to Lost Key.

Lost Key- known as Lost Ball. That should tell you everything you need to know.

GlenLakes Golf Club- you can book four people for like $17 a person. It’s a nice course as well. Definitely the best bang for your buck, by far.

State Park- walked off after 18 and said, we'll, it was still golf. Too many other options to play here.





Definitive Ranking of all East Alabama, West Florida Golf Courses



1- Kiva Dunes
2- Gulf Shores Golf Club
3- Craft Farms (either)
3- Glenlakes Golf Club
3- Peninsula

6- Perdido Bay Golf Club
7- Lost Ball



The tie for three is based on what you are looking for out of your golf round.




But I would play Rock Creek on the way up or back. One of my all time favorite courses.


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re: Gulf Shores courses
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State Park- walked off after 18 and said, we'll, it was still golf. Too many other options to play here.



15 years ago it was a hidden gem. It was like 30 bucks with a cart and always in great shape. Then the secret got out. Not sure what the price is, but by about April 15th the course looks like Webb in late July after a month with no rain.


Woolfman_8
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re: Gulf Shores courses
Great review! That was what I was looking for!

GlenLakes is a 14 minute drive from our front door, so I have a feeling that will be the one I play the most.

So I’ve never played a course with a 27 hole layout. Is it 3 separate 9s or 18 + 9? Just curious how I would go about playing it if it’s 3 separate 9s.

Really looking forward to playing kiva dunes. And great to know about GSGC!
I’m the only one in my family that plays golf, so I have a feeling it will be lots of 7am tee times on Saturday and Sunday trying to get a round in and back home before everyone else wakes up.

Distances from the house.
GlenLakes 14 min
Craft farms 26 min
GSGC 30 min
Perdido bay CG 30
Lost key 30
Peninsula 38
Quail creek 44
Kiva 46
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The Johnny Lawrence
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Depends on the course. Some are 18 and a separate 9. Some are three separate 9s that can be combined into 3 separate golf courses.

I can't remember how Glen Lakes was set up.


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KillTheGophers
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re: Gulf Shores courses
1. Kiva

2. Lost Key
3. Gulf Shores Country Club
4. The courses at the Grand in Fairhope


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lsumailman61
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re: Gulf Shores courses
State Park aka The Goat Ranch is closed now as of December. I play Peninsula and Craft Farms weekly. Peninsula is always in much better shape. I hear GSCC is under new ownership so I’ll wait and see how that plays out. I live on West Beach so all those courses are within 15 minutes drive.


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