It’s no secret that Gulf Shores is home to beautiful weather year-round. The next time you take a trip to the Gulf Coast, take advantage of the sunshine and blue skies with a visit to one of the top Gulf Shores AL golf courses! Whether you’re a lifelong golfer or have never set foot on the green before, Gulf Shores, AL is the perfect place to tee off. Enjoy expertly designed courses against the backdrop of a tropical paradise. Check out some of our favorite places to play, then get ready to book your Gulf Shores family vacation with Harris Vacation Rentals!
Get ready to test out your swing! We’ve compiled a lost of the eight leading Gulf Shores AL golf courses for you and your family to visit.
Note: After the closure of the Gulf State Park Golf Course, many other courses in the area are offering discounted rates. Check individual websites for deal details.
Kiva Dunes is one of our favorite golf courses in Gulf Shores, and we’re not the only ones who think so! Golf Digest ranked this exquisite course as one of the Top 100 Public Courses in the country. With over 7,000 yards of play area and plenty of secluded, natural scenery, this links-style course is perfect for any avid golfer. If you’d like to improve your skills before playing a game of your own, Kiva Dunes offers private and group lessons.
Tip: Book your tee time online in advance. The earlier you book, the more money you can save!
The Peninsula is a beautiful, private, and unforgettable golf resort nestled between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This 27-hole, 7,026-yard course is located next to the Bon Secour Wildlife Preserve and features lovely scenery and wildlife along the green. Enjoy views of Mobile Bay and access to the club restaurant and private beach.
Peninsula Golf is also a member of Honours Golf, a golf management company dedicated to providing exceptional golf experiences. As a member, you’ll receive preferred rates, onsite accommodations, and advance booking privileges at their courses.
Two Honours Golf courses, Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend, are both located at Craft Farms. Golf legend Arnold Palmer designed them to provide a challenging, yet inviting golf experience. As the only two courses designed by Palmer in the state, they are a must-visit for any avid golfer planning a trip to Alabama.
The greens are well-manicured, the staff is friendly, and the views (especially if you’re lucky enough to see a sunset) are stunning. Golf Digest rated the courses at 4.5/5 stars. But don’t take their word for it; come and test it out for yourself!
Head over to the small, adjoining city of Orange Beach for your next round of golf! The Orange Beach Golf Center is a 9-hole, par-3 course open every day of the week. The facility features a Pro Shop, golf clinic, and lighted driving range for you to practice your skills before stepping out on the green. The best part? You can revel in a spectacular Orange Beach sunset and keep playing golf! The driving range and Pro Shop are open until 9 p.m. daily.
Are you planning on taking a quick and fun day trip from Gulf Shores? Fairhope, AL is the perfect destination! Fairhope is just an hour from downtown Gulf Shores and is located along the Mobile Bay shoreline. Check out the pier, visit a history museum, and play a round of golf or two!
Another Honours Golf certified course, Rock Creek is an 18-hole, player-friendly golf green. Enjoy 6,900 yards of golf, perfect for long hitters eager to practice their swing. The green of the championship golf course exhibits a variety of shapes and putting surfaces with lovely views of the surrounding wetlands. You can even rent out the club to host your own on-site golf tournament!
Fun fact: Rock Creek may have been the first place on the continent where golf was played in 1170 by Prince Madoc. Come and rub the famous rock for luck before you start your game!
Quail Creek is an affordable, accessible course just minutes away from downtown Fairhope. This well-landscaped, challenging fairway has 18 holes, three lakes, and more than 40 sand traps ‒ be sure to bring your best swing! The fairway is open to walkers, so spectators and family members are welcome to explore the greenway as well. After a game, head to the Pro Shop for a golf-themed souvenir. You can ever grab a quick bite to eat at the Quail Creek snack shop and grill.
Are you ready to make your vacation a hole in one? There are so many reasons to tee off in Golf Shores, especially our world-class accommodations. After spending a day at one of the best Gulf Shores AL golf courses, come back and relax at a Harris Vacation Rentals vacation rental.
Across the street from the Orange Beach Golf Center, our Pelican Condo is part of the Orange Beach villas. This quaint community features an onsite clubhouse, outdoor swimming pool, and a serene gazebo on the lake. The Pelican unit comfortably sleeps eight, and it is equipped with chic furnishings, a full-sized kitchen, and a covered patio. And, when you stay in the Orange Beach villas, you’ll be just a mile away from The Wharf at Orange Beach, one of our favorite entertainment and concert venues in Gulf Shores.
Fall is the perfect time of year to work on your golf swing during a Gulf Shores beach vacation. You probably don’t need to be convinced to spend time playing championship golf in Gulf Shores, but if you need a list of reasons why (and reasons to convince your spouse), we’re happy to oblige.
First up is the weather. Mild temps and light breezes make it a great time to play 18 holes. With average temperatures in the mid-70s to low-80s during the fall, you won’t find a better time to hit the fairway for Gulf Shores golf. Even when the winter temperatures begin to break through, the Alabama Gulf Coast’s sub-tropical climate means you still have plenty of time to tee off.
The incredible selection of championship golf courses in Gulf Shores makes it difficult to pass up a fall golf vacation. You’ve got 36 holes of golf at the Craft Farms courses, the highly-rated Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club with its three, nine-hole courses, and the 18-hole Gulf Shores Golf Club. Each course boasts its own, unique attributes and many have been designed by golf greats like Earl Stone and Arnold Palmer. With the great selection of beach houses and condos in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, there’s sure to be a course near your accommodations.
In addition, there’s Kiva Dunes, the links-style course named the No. 1 course in Alabama in 2017. Located beachside on the Fort Morgan peninsula, the views doesn’t get any more spectacular and the golf doesn’t get any better. Speaking of Kiva Dunes, we can put you right on the course with our four-bedroom beach house, 19th Hole. It’s a third reason to enjoy Gulf Shores golf this fall.
Fourth, it’s the perfect opportunity to up your game. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a beginner, there’s always room for improvement, right? Sign up for golf instruction with top-rated PGA pros at any one of those courses. It’s a win-win. You can have fun and drop your score a couple of points. Junior golf lessons are also available, so the whole family can up their game this fall with Gulf Shores golf.
The fifth reason you’ll love a golf vacation at the beach this time of year is the lower rental rates. Save on Gulf Shores condos while enjoying a nearly secluded beach. And, get in some golf. What’s not to love about that?
Book a stay now to enjoy spectacular golf in Gulf Shores this fall. Our experienced staff will help you find the best Gulf Shores condos or Fort Morgan beach houses close to your favorite golf course. You just remember to pack the clubs. Browse our deals today!
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