What are you waiting fore? Isn't it time to take a trip to the coast for your next great golf adventure?
Along our little slice of paradise and beyond, you'll find numerous award-winning courses for any size golf group, from a couple to a foursome of buddies to a large group of serious players.
Where to Play
Nine signature golf courses are only a short drive away, which allows you to establish a home base without relocating. Each picturesque course, listed below in alphabetic order, has unique features:
Cotton Creek at Craft Farms – The original 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature design, a championship test from 7,028 yards, features rolling fairways lined with Southern hardwoods and large undulating greens. This Palmer design, rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, is a traditional masterpiece laid out to challenge rather than intimidate, with several risk/reward opportunities sprinkled along the way.
Cypress Bend at Craft Farms – This sister course to Cotton Creek is an 18-hole Arnold Palmer architectural masterpiece, featuring staggered tee boxes, sprawling bunkers, top-quality putting surfaces and year-round lush conditions. The unique system of cord grass-accented lakes, which come into play on nearly every hole, create a coastal feel. The wide fairways, large rolling greens and expansive landing areas tend to give golfers confidence to face this Palmer beauty that is rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest.
GlenLakes Golf Club – Known as “The Vista/Dunes,” this Devlin-Von Hagge-designed 18-hole course gives golfers a feeling of Scottish links. Popular features include strategic mounding, extensive bunkering, wide rolling fairways and postage-stamp greens. Considered one of the premier golf facilities on the Gulf Coast, GlenLakes offers an affordable golf outing.
Gulf Shores Golf Club – Picture the 1960s when Gulf Shores was young and this first course was built on pristine land with mature trees. Now, jump forward in time to 2005 when the course closed for a complete renovation under the guidance of Jay and Carter Morrish. This beautiful setting and challenging 18-hole course, with its sharp doglegs, bunkers and occasional water features, is sure to thrill golfers of all skill levels.
Kiva Dunes – Golf Digest listed this 18-hole beachfront golf course, which was designed by former U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate, on “America's 100 Best Public Golf Courses.” Golfers have a rare opportunity to play the seaside links as this course meanders through native sand dunes, lakes and natural wildlife areas. Other accolades include being named one of the two “Best New Golf Courses in the United States” in 1995 and included in Golf Digest's “America's Top 75 Golf Resorts.” This spectacular course, which has been nationally ranked by Golf Magazine, LINKS Magazine, Golf Course Living and GolfSouth, definitely lives up to its reputation.
Lost Key Golf Club – Situated on the barrier island of Perdido Key, Florida, this championship 18-hole course was redesigned by the Arnold Palmer Design Group in 2006. Just minutes from the sugar-white sands of the beach, this stunning course features the premier grass Sea Dwarf Paspalum from tee to green for the optimum in quality playing surfaces and green speeds. Natural resources are so well protected that Lost Key was the first golf course in the world to be certified as an Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary.
Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club – Natural beauty abounds at this spectacular 27-hole golf course situated on 820 secluded acres set on the beautiful Mobile Bay and touched on two sides by the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The excellent design by Earl Stone winds through live oaks, cypress and natural vegetation, more than 30 lakes, and some of the area's largest white-sand bunkers. Peninsula, which has been rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, provides golfers with three distinctive 9-hole courses for a uniquely varied experience.
Rock Creek Golf Club – The highest elevations in the entire area are found at Rock Creek, located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, where this captivating course overlooks the freshwater wetlands and the Rock Creek basin. Rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, this enjoyable course is a true test of golf where strategy and accuracy are the name of the game.
TimberCreek Golf Club – A memorable experience is always delivered at this Earl Stone-designed 27-hole championship golf course between Mobile and the beach. TimberCreek features a beautifully undulating and forested terrain somewhat similar to the inland Carolinas. Spacious, flowing fairways and immaculately manicured playing surfaces are sculpted from a forest of flowering magnolia, dogwoods, and loblolly pines. There are also meandering wetlands of D'Olive creek offering strategic challenges for golfers of different abilities.
Where to Stay
Hosting 36,000 vacationing families per year, Meyer Vacation Rentals represents the largest variety of coastal accommodations, from condos with 1–4 bedrooms to small, medium and large beach houses located directly on the beach, bay, lagoon and river, across the street from the beach, or adjacent to the golf course. All rental properties have private bedrooms, a living area, a porch or balcony, and a fully equipped kitchen.
Once you've arrived at your resort destination there's no need to relocate for another day on the links. Simply travel the short distance to any outstanding signature golf course and return to your accommodations for a relaxing evening. Enjoy fresh seafood or other culinary treats in a laid-back atmosphere at nearby restaurants, check out the nightly entertainment, or just gather on the balcony or deck of your coastal retreat to recall your day of play.
The Fort Morgan peninsula area features large- and medium-size houses beachfront, near the beach and right on Kiva Dunes golf course. There are also condos directly on the gulf beaches and on the golf courses at Kiva Dunes and Peninsula. Stretch out in a 5-bedroom house on or near the beach, or relax in the hot tub and take a dip in the pool at a 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom or 4-bedroom condo on the golf course or directly on the beach. The sizes of condos and houses are varied to suit your specific needs.
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Comfortable large- and medium-size houses are located along the beautiful beachfront and Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores, where you'll also find many selections of gulf-front and waterfront condos. Consider a spacious 6-bedroom beachfront house with a pool, a 4-bedroom condo with an inviting deck overlooking the shore, or any size property that matches the number in your party. Houses in Gulf Shores range in size from 1 bedroom up to 8-bedroom gulf-front homes ideal for a large group. Couples will find there are many 1-bedroom condo choices, two couples will no doubt enjoy a 2-bedroom condo, and a larger group will likely want at least a 3-bedroom condo.
Luxurious homes and coastal condos are also located in Orange Beach along the sugar-white beaches and along bays and river. Several buildings on the beach and the back bays feature 1-bedroom, 2-bedroomand 3-bedroom condos with excellent features such as indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, saunas and exercise rooms. If you want the privacy of a beach house you might choose a 3-bedroom property. There are also smaller or larger Orange Beach properties, which affords you the option to choose what fits your party best. Cotton Creek at Craft Farms, Cypress Bend at Craft Farms and the Gulf Shores Golf Club courses are all nearby.
Luxurious condos at Lost Key are available along with nearby upscale gulf-front condos and houses in Perdido Key. Available golf course condos include well-appointed 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom properties. Beautiful gulf-front condos range in size, including the popular 1-bedroom and 4-bedroom choices. For a large group make your choice a duplex with 6 bedrooms on each side sleeping a combined total of 36, or a triplex, each with three 4-bedroom units sleeping a total of 30 when rented together. Simply take your pick of the best size accommodations for your golf outing from a great selection.
Just minutes north of the coast in Foley you'll find GlenLakes Golf Club and another short drive will bring you to the eastern shore of Mobile Bay where you'll love to play at Rock Creek and TimberCreek.