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Orange Beach/Perdido golf

Posted on 5/27/24 at 10:09 am
Posted by MikeAV8s
Member since Oct 2016
1789 posts
Posted on 5/27/24 at 10:09 am
Going to be at the beach the week of the 4th. Considering playing while I’m there. Any recs and some hacker friendly courses in that area?
Posted by SouthlakeTiger
Southlake, Texas
Member since Mar 2005
6027 posts
Posted on 5/27/24 at 12:36 pm to
Kiva Dunes is a great experience.
Posted by CoachChappy
Member since May 2013
32646 posts
Posted on 5/27/24 at 12:40 pm to
Kiva
GSCC
Peninsula
Posted by LSUfan4444
Member since Mar 2004
54184 posts
Posted on 5/27/24 at 6:06 pm to
Gulf Shores Golf Club for sure.

Peninsula and Kiva isn’t the best spot for super high handicappers. It just wouldn’t be much fun unless you just enjoy losing balls and 5 hour rounds
Posted by sdw1002
Member since Jun 2017
134 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 12:17 am to
I do like gscc but disagree with rest of this post. I despise peninsula and love kiva but have never had a 5 hr round at either and have played them both probably 25x.
Posted by Shankapotamous
Member since Dec 2014
302 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 9:12 am to
Play at Perdido Bay CC, it's not overly difficult or expensive and will be a much closer drive. Decent course.
Posted by HardBall31
Louisiana
Member since Feb 2024
51 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 9:19 am to
i really enjoy craft farms
Posted by LSUfan4444
Member since Mar 2004
54184 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 2:25 pm to
You disagree that GSCC is a better course for hackers because you personally dislike Peninsula? And if you've never played a 5 hour round at Kiva, you've never been out there with two guys shooting 120 and behind a foursome with two guys shooting 115.

It's not a knock on Kive or Peninsula, only that GSCC is more wide open and more affordable so it makes it better suited for hackers but like I said, if losing balls and long rounds for more money is what OP is looking for, that can be found at either Kiva or Peninsula.

This post was edited on 5/28/24 at 4:18 pm
Posted by MikeAV8s
Member since Oct 2016
1789 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 6:12 pm to
Thanks everyone for the tips. Looks like we will be playing the least hacker friendly course around, Lost Key.
Posted by Scottforeverlsu
Louisiana
Member since Nov 2016
984 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 7:27 pm to
Yea frick Lost Key
Posted by LSUfan4444
Member since Mar 2004
54184 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 8:50 pm to
Buy and play with colored balls.
Posted by Mr. Blutarski
Hattiesburg, MS
Member since Oct 2012
1770 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 8:55 pm to
Worst golf course I've ever played.
Posted by MikeAV8s
Member since Oct 2016
1789 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 8:58 pm to
None of us are very good. Gonna play 9. It’s 10 minutes from our condo. It’ll be fine.
Posted by hedgehog
Prairieville
Member since Oct 2006
2289 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 9:33 pm to
Kiva and Peninsula are a beat down for golfers that shoot mid 90s and up.

If you’re into long, frustrating rounds though, go for it.
Posted by Pintail
Member since Nov 2011
10706 posts
Posted on 6/1/24 at 9:09 am to
Played kiva Monday. Pretty sure they punched Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fun round but probably closed for a week.

Perdido country club was half the price of Kiva and pretty nice. Much easier to score there.

Lost Ball can be fun if you want to hate golf.
This post was edited on 6/1/24 at 9:12 am
Posted by WilsonPickett
St Amant, LA
Member since Oct 2009
1664 posts
Posted on 6/1/24 at 10:28 am to
I play Perdido Bay pretty regularly because it's 5 min from our place down there. It's a great course for the money. It won't beat your arse like Kiva can do some days. It's also great place for practice. Buy a bucket of range balls and you can hit balls on the range, chip on their practice chipping green and putt on their practice putting green. I do this alot in the off season.

Craft Farms is also pretty friendly to the average golfer. It has some wide fairways and the greens are not very tough either. I just can't travel that way when it's summer, traffic and crowds. When I'm down there I wanna golf early and get back quickly so I can get out on the boat.

I'd play Kiva more, it's the gem of the area but it's an hour + drive for me from our place in Perdido, especially in season.

Lost Key is OK, but it's tough if you don't hit it straight.
Posted by fischd1
Mandeville
Member since Dec 2007
2851 posts
Posted on 6/1/24 at 2:15 pm to
Why do you despise peninsula? I think both courses are very nice.
Posted by lsumailman61
Gulf Shores
Member since Oct 2006
7623 posts
Posted on 6/1/24 at 6:15 pm to
Peninsula is one of my favorites due to 3- 9 hole course all setup different. At Kiva, while nice it feels like you just go back and forth the whole 18. Craft is fun and wide open for easier scores. I do live here so I pick and choose my tee times and times of the year I play. Won’t ever play in peak vacation season.
Posted by LootieandtheBlowfish
Houston/BR
Member since Aug 2021
573 posts
Posted on 6/3/24 at 1:44 pm to
Check the blue angels practice schedule - and if it lines up with when you’re in town go play AC Reed.

Get there very early (at least 1.5 hours before tee time) if you don’t have access to the base.

Not the greatest course per se but nothing beats it when they’re flying.
Posted by EyeOfTheTiger311
Lafayette, LA
Member since Aug 2005
4366 posts
Posted on 6/3/24 at 2:51 pm to
I love Lost Key. It's always in phenomenal shape and not crowded. I encourage people to keep talking shite about it, because it keeps people away
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