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Birmingham has some of the finest public access golf courses in the U.S. Here are some suggestions in the Birmingham Metro area.
Any discussion of golf for the visitor must start with the Robert Trent Jones Trail facility located 20 minutes south of downtown called Oxmoor Valley. Oxmoor Valley consists of four courses - three of which are 18 hole Championship courses and one 18 hole Short Course consisting of Par 3 holes. The Championship courses are: The Ridge Course, The Valley Course and Ross Bridge. Oxmoor Valley's beautiful clubhouse is located on a ridgeline with a commanding view of the valley below and was originally opened in 1992. http://www.rtjgolf.com/courses/oxmoor...
1) The Valley Course at Oxmoor Valley descends from the clubhouse approximately 200 feet on the first hole and the course meanders through the valley floor for the next 15 holes. Holes 17 and 18 are steep uphill as you ascend back up to the clubhouse. The Valley Course is recommened for golfers of all levels.
2) The Ridge Course at Oxmoor Valley is an extremely demanding test filled with steep elevation changes, ravines and blind shots. This course is the definition of "target golf" where the player must carefully select different clubs from the tee that will place the shot at an approachable distance to the green. The Ridge Course is recommended to better players and if you are a high handicapper and want to play it - don't go past the White tees. You could be looking for balls all day. The Valley course is the better choice for the average golfer.
3) Ross Bridge at Oxmoor Valley is the latest addition to Oxmoor Valley's complex of courses. This course, opened in 2005 and is designed to host professional tournaments in terms of accommodating large galleries and is the host of an annual PGA Champions Tour event ( http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/s564). Ross Bridge is one of the longest courses in the world at 8200+ yards. It is a beautiful course located about 1 mile from the original Oxmoor Valley complex and includes the Marriott Ross Bridge Resort which is a first rate resort hotel and spa with a georgeous view of the mountains and hills around it. http://www.rtjgolf.com/courses/ross_b...
4) Interestingly for all of the publicity given to the Robert Trent Jones courses, the finest public access course in the Birmingham area is not on the RTJ Trail. It is Limestone Springs which has been rated by Golf Digest as the number #67 public access course in the United States and the #1 public access course in Alabama - ahead of all RTJ courses.. http://www.limestonesprings.com/newpa... Limestone Springs is located approximately 25 minutes NE of downtown Birmingham and is worth the drive. Beautiful views from several holes are very memorable. Designed by Jerry Pate, Limestone Springsis highly recommend if you are in the area.
5) If you are a golfing fanatic, don't leave the area without playing Farmlinks, a one-of-a-kind facility located approximately 40 minutes SE of the city in Sylacauga, AL. Farmlinks is a family owned facility and is a "golf demonstration course" where a variety of turfgrasses and fertilizers are tested under real conditions. Farmlinks has an unusual fee structure: It costs $100 to play there. For $100 you can play 18 holes -cart, range balls and lunch included. Or for $100 - you could play 36 holes with range balls, cart and lunch. Or if you could play from dawn to dark - you could do it for....$100. Farmlinks, like Limestone Springs has some stunningly beautiful holes with extremely steep changes in elevation that provide views for miles around. The staff is first rate and you are treated like a king. http://www.farmlinksgolfclub.com/view... Farmlinks compares favorably with Limestone Springs.
6) Another very good facility is Ballantrae, a municipal facility owned by the city of Pelham - a suburb approxmiately 22 miles south of downtown. Ballantrae is a Bob Cupp design and has a beautful clubhouse. http://www.ballantraegolf.com/
7) If you are on a budget, Oak Mountain State Park Golf course is strongly recommended- which is located inside Oak Mountain State Park - a 10,000 acre urban state park. One of the largest urban parks in the United States. Oak Mountain's golf course is approximately 30 years old and has a beautful layout in a valley floor. The courses had a makeover in 2005 and is in very good condition. It is downright cheap to play and worth the money. http://www.alapark.com/parks/feature.... Located 20 minutes south of downtown and easily accessible off I-65.
8) Another interesting choice is pure city golf - Highland Park - which is located in downtown Birmingham on a bluff overlooking the city. Views of the skyscrapers downtown can be seen on several holes. Highland Park is one of the oldest golf courses in the United States, opening for play in 1903. Highland Park is a short course at 6000 yards but offers tons of fun for players of all skill levels. The famed Bobby Jones himself played tournaments there in the 1920's. The course underwent a complete renovation under the supervision of Bob Cupp in 1998 and is in superb shape. Very reasonable rates. http://www.highlandparkgolf.com/highl...
9) Discussion of public golf in the city would not be complete without including Bent Brook, a fine facility located on I-459 about 15 minutes from downtown. Bent Brook (as with all courses mentioned above except Ballantrae) has excellent bent grass greens. This facility has been in successful operation for almost 20 years and is very well respected by locals. Excellent service and the course usually in very good condition. http://www.bentbrook.com
10) Timberline is a very nice facility located about 25 miles south of downtown directly on I-65. This course was originally opened in 1965 and was completely redesigned by Jerry Pate - who also designed the previously mentioned Limestone Springs as well as Kiva Dunes - the #2 course in the state and one of the Top 100 in the US. Timberline is a first class experience, easy to reach and moderately priced. http://www.timberlinegc.com/
1) A discussion of sports in the city would not be complete without reviewing Barber Motorsports Park, a state-of-the-art roadracing facility located on the city's eastern perimeter along I-20. The management of Porsche North America was so impressed with it that they permanently located the Porsche North America Driving School there and conducts driving classes several weeks each year. http://www.barbermotorsports.com/ . The track hosts racing events in a variety of classes both automotive and motorcycle - each year and is known as "The Augusta National of race tracks"...
2) Additionally the Barber Motorsports Park is home to the Barber Motorcycle Museum, one of the largest collections of motorcycles in the world. It is located in a multi-level facility with a huge atrium and massive glass walls with views of the track. A must see for any motor sports enthusiast... http://www.barbermotorsports.com/barb...
3) The world's fastest motorcourse is located 40 minutes east of downtown on I-20. Talladega Superspeedway is the largest and fastest enclosed racing facility on the planet. With 33 degree banked turns, this track hold several speed world records for autos, motorcycles and trucks. The facility has approximately 145,000 permanent seats and is host to two NASCAR races each year in May and October. http://www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/
4) Addditionally the International MotorSports Hall of Fame and Museum is located on the grounds at Talladega and is recognized as one of the premier racing museums in the world... http://www.motorsportshalloffame.com/