Gulf Shores Golf Club…A Must Play on the Gulf Coast!!

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By Joey Johnson

First and foremost, Gulf Shores is known as a beach town….and rightfully so.  The sandy white beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world.  Add to that the laid-back atmosphere and sprinkle in a little southern hospitality and it’s no wonder that so many visitors flock to the area by the thousands each year.

When visiting Gulf Shores, make sure to bring more than your swim suit and flip flops…..the golf clubs are an absolute must!  And a round of golf at Gulf Shores Golf Club will make your trip complete.

Gulf Shores Golf Club originally opened in 1964 and is the oldest course on the island.  It got a major facelift and redesign in 2005 by Jay and Carter Morrish.  The course is both fun and challenging, and is always in great condition!

Gulf Shores Golf Club is a traditional style course with generous fairways, large undulating greens, and water on 9 of the 18 holes. The scenic course is home to an abundance of wildlife. Squirrels, raccoons, and alligators are just a few of the residents you may encounter.

Four sets of tees allow golfers of all abilities the opportunity to challenge themselves and still enjoy the round.

In the first four holes alone you’ll be met with a great example of the variety of challenges you’ll experience at Gulf Shores Golf Club.  Number 1 is a short par 4 that allows you to ease into the round.  The second is a medium-long par 4 with water protecting the front-left portion of the green. Number 3 is par 5, where accuracy is the key.  Water guards both sides of the fairway, so staying dry is a must on this hole. Number 4 is the first of a great group of par 3s at Gulf Shores Golf Club, playing 175 yards from the #2 tees and with water protecting the front and left portion of the green.

Holes 6 and 7 are two of the most memorable on the course.  The par 3 sixth is fronted by water from tee to green and to the right. It’s both a great test of golf and is one of the most beautiful holes on the Gulf Coast.

The par 5 seventh plays almost 600 yards from the championship tees and is dotted by a number of cross bunkers.  It’s a true 3 shot hole….and then some if you mishit one along the way!

The back side is full of more great golf and a really strong finish.  Number 17 is probably the most demanding hole on the course.  The par four is long, straight, and tight, so you’ll need your best tee shot here. The fairway is tree-lined and a canal runs along the right hand side of the fairway.  Get out of here with a par and you’ll be ahead of the game!

The final hole is a par five that offers the golfer a chance to finish with a birdie.  You’ll need to navigate the hazard in front of the green (one of the few forced carries on the course) to get it done, though.  The undulating green will challenge the best of putters, so hit it close on this one!

After your round, step inside the plantation-style clubhouse and enjoy a bite to eat or a cold beverage in the clubs full-service restaurant, “The Grill”.

Gulf Shores Golf Club is a quality golf experience – definitely one of the best in the area.  Each hole is unique and stands alone just fine, but the holes also flow together quite well and make for a great round of golf.

I would definitely recommend Gulf Shores Golf Club to players of all skill levels and to locals and visitors alike.  The club offers annual and partial year memberships, “six pack” round packages, and daily fee options.

Give Director of Golf Ernie Smith or his staff a call at (251) 968-7366 or visit www.gulfshoresgolfclub.com for more details.

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