Early fall is the perfect time of year to get out, tee up and play a round of golf.

Luckily, Alabama is filled with pristine golf courses ranging from extremely exclusive private clubs to quality public facilities.

We've assembled a list of the 10 best golf courses in Alabama, listed from north to south. All courses have 18 holes.

Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club

  • City: Killen

  • Public or Private: Private

  • Designer: Robert Trent Jones

  • Par: 72

Photo from Turtle Point Yatch and Country Club

Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, the golf course at Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club is known for its challenging layout and lakeside views. Bordering Wilson Lake, less than 10 miles from Florence, this course has been the host site of multiple events, including the SEC Championship, the State Amateur Championship, and Southern Amateur, among others.

The Ledges Country Club

  • City: Huntsville

  • Public or Private: Private

  • Designer: Mike Hurdzan and Dana Fry

  • Par: 71

Atop the highest point in Huntsville lies The Ledges Country Club golf course. This 18-hole championship course was designed by Golf Magazine 2003 Designer of the Year Mike Hurdzan and includes 250 acres with views of the valley, downtown Huntsville and the Space and Rocket Center.

Photo from the Ledges Country Club website
Photo from the Ledges Country Club website.

Birmingham Country Club (West)

  • City: Birmingham

  • Public or Private: Private

  • Designer: Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones and Pete Dye

  • Par: 71

Birmingham County Club's West Course, accompanied by its neighboring East Course, opened in the 1920s. Since then, it has been renovated by renowned golf architects such as Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Pete Dye.

Old Overton Club

  • City: Vestavia Hills

  • Public or Private: Private

  • Designer: Jerry Pate and Tom Fazio

  • Par: 72

Old Overton is an invitation-only golf club located in the Liberty Park area of Vestavia Hills. It was designed in 1993 by Jerry Pate and Tom Fazio and rated by Golf Digest as one of the best new private courses in 1994.

Shoal Creek

  • City: Shelby County

  • Public or Private: Private

  • Designer: Jack Nicklaus

  • Par: 72

One of the greatest courses in the United States, Golf Digest ranks Shoal Creek as the single best golf course in Alabama. This legendary course opened in November 1977 with U.S. Open Champions Jack Nicklaus, Jerry Pate and Hubert Green playing the opening round. Since then, Shoal Creek has hosted two PGA Championships (1984 and 1990) as well as the U.S. Amateur Championship, U.S. Women's Open and the National Intercollegiate.

Greystone Country Club (Founders)

  • City: Birmingham

  • Public or Private: Private

  • Designer: Bob Cupp

  • Par: 72

The Greystone Country Club is home to two top-class golf courses, Founders and Legacy. The Founders course was designed by Bob Cupp in 1991 and now hosts the Regions Tradition PGA Champions Tour each spring.

Photo from Greystone Golf Country Club website
Photo from Greystone Golf Country Club website.

Robert Trent Jones Grand National (Links)

  • City: Opelika

  • Public or Private: Public

  • Designer: Robert Trent Jones

  • Par: 72

The RTJ Golf Trail's Grand National is ranked the best public golf facility in the country by Golf World Magazine. Its premier Links course, one of three, is a newly renovated waterside course with 12 out of 18 holes hugging the shore.

Photo from RTJ Golf Trail website
Photo from the RTJ website.

FarmLinks Golf Club

  • City: Sylacauga

  • Public or Private: Public

  • Designer: Hurdzan-Fry Environmental Golf Design, Inc.

  • Par: 72

Golfweek ranked FarmLinks at Pursell Farms the best all-access course in Alabama for nine nonconsecutive years. FarmLinks is a rural course in Sylacauga, resting in the foothill of the Appalachian Mountains. The holes at this course feature a variety of grass types and maintenance techniques.

Photo from the Farm Links Golf Club website
Photo from the FarmLinks Golf Club website.

Robert Trent Jones at Capitol Hill (Judge)

  • City: Prattville

  • Public or Private: Public

  • Designer: Robert Trent Jones

  • Par: 72

Golf World Magazine's #2 public golf facility and another link in the RTJ Golf Trail is Capitol Hill. It consists of three courses: Judge, Legislator and Senator. Judge is a 200-acre course along the Alabama River. The 18-hole championship course overlooks the Montgomery skyline.

Photo from RTJ Website
Photo from the RTJ Website.

Kiva Dunes

  • City: Gulf Shores

  • Public or Private: Public

  • Designer: Jim Edgemon and Jerry Pate

  • Par: 72

Want a course a little closer to the Gulf? Kiva Dunes in Gulf Shores was ranked the number one public golf course in Alabama by Golf Advisor in 2017. The course has also received awards from Golf Digest, Golf Week and Links Magazine.

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