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Best golf courses near Birmingham, AL

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Birmingham, AL. There are 31 courses within a 15-mile radius of Birmingham, 16 of which are public courses and 15 are private courses. There are 24 18-hole courses and 6 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Mountain Brook Club: Mountain Brook
Private
Mountain Brook Club: Mountain Brook
Birmingham, AL
4.3
7 Panelists
This private Birmingham course was designed by Donald Ross in the late 1920s and has been renovated a couple of times over the years, most recently by Brian Silva, who helped restore the course to Ross’ original design. In typical Ross fashion, the course features small, undulating greens, which defend this relatively short layout.
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Vestavia Country Club: Championship
Private
Vestavia Country Club: Championship
Birmingham, AL
4.1
40 Panelists
Originally designed in the early 1950s, Vestavia recently underwent a complete redesign led by architect Lester George. George rerouted the layout and created all-new holes. The renovated course debuted as No. 4 on our 2018 list of Best New Private Courses. The new layout includes wider fairways with fewer trees, opening up beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. There are several classic template holes at Vestavia, including the Redan green at the 13th and the Biarritz green at the 15th.
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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge
4.1
40 Panelists
Towering pines and two large lakes frame many holes on this expansive layout just south of Birmingham. Significant elevation changes dictate a layout that plays up and down the banks that surround the two lakes, which are connected by a stunning waterfall that separates the ninth and 18th greens. With wide landing areas and large greens, there is ample room for wayward shots. The course tips out over 8,000 yards, but there are five sets of tees to accommodate all players. Note: The course is temporarily closed due to green damage caused by misapplied herbicide.
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Greystone Golf & Country Club: Legacy Course
4.1
28 Panelists
Interestingly, Greystone’s Legacy course is three miles from its sibling layout, giving the Legacy a more secluded feel. The rolling Rees Jones design sits in the valley of Double Oak Mountain, and similar to the Founders Course, features meandering streams that can pester players and force thoughtful decision-making throughout the round.
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The Country Club of Birmingham: West
Private
The Country Club of Birmingham: West
Birmingham, AL
4.1
120 Panelists
Starting 40 years ago, the Country Club of Birmingham’s West Course, one of two Donald Ross designs at the club, was repeatedly ranked on Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest. Then it fell off in 1984. Pete Dye convinced the club that he could restore the Ross glory to its West Course, but sent his younger son, P.B., to the course. P.B. proceeded to turn the turfgrass black with grass-killing chemicals, then stirred up clouds of red dust gouging his bulldozer into every tee, fairway and green. When he was finished, the West had become a P.B. Dye design, and some members were so unhappy, they didn’t talk to Pete for years. A decade ago, Pete finally talked his way back into the club’s good graces and promised “to fix things.” He brought in a new crew, toned done some of the more outrageous features of P.B., and made it more playable. Today, Birmingham West is still not back to being a Donald Ross design, but it sure is an authentic Pete Dye design.
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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail At Oxmoor Valley: Valley
3.9
8 Panelists
The 54 holes at Oxmoor Valley were built on former mining land owned by U.S. Steel. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the Valley course is a tree-lined layout with rolling fairways and modest elevation changes. The first tee is perched high on a bluff, offering scenic views of the surrounding hills. The course extends two miles down a narrow valley before returning to the clubhouse. Large bunkers and several imposing lakes demand precise shot placement.
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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail At Oxmoor Valley: Ridge
3.9
12 Panelists
Standing on the first tee looking down at the fairway below, golfers will get a sense of the dramatic elevation changes and undulating fairways in store for their round. The “roller-coaster” fairways are aesthetically appealing and create many shots from uneven lies. A heavily wooded track flanked by imposing pines, the Ridge course features several dramatic elevation changes, including at the downhill par-3 eighth. Given the topography, taking a cart is recommended.
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Greystone Golf & Country Club: Founders Course
3.7
31 Panelists
Greystone’s Founders Course is the longtime host of the PGA Tour Champions’ Regions Tradition, one of the tour’s five major championships. This tree-lined Bob Cupp design opened in 1991 and winds through foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Meandering creeks lurk on many holes on this otherwise playable layout.
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Pine Tree Country Club: Pine Tree
Private
Pine Tree Country Club: Pine Tree
Birmingham, AL
3.3
11 Panelists
There are plenty of doglegs on this Birmingham layout, where the rolling fairways are well-guarded by bunkers. The course has a blend of uphill and downhill holes, and the undulations in the fairways create a variety of uneven lies. Pine Tree has hosted numerous tournaments throughout its history, including the Alabama State Amateur and U.S. Open qualifying.
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Shoal Creek
Private
Shoal Creek
Shoal Creek, AL
Asked if a course could be built in a Birmingham forest, Jack Nicklaus scouted the site from lumber haul roads and said of the mountainous terrain, “Well, there are a lot of par 3s out there, that’s for sure.” But then he discovered a gentle valley in which to put par 4s and 5s, so he took the job. It became one of his great early designs. But as it neared 40 years of existence, Shoal Creek needed some reconditioning, so Nicklaus and his former senior designer Jim Lipe (now operating his own firm in Louisiana) literally ripped up every hole and rethought strategies and options. The result was not a restoration but an updating. Gone are huge fairway bunkers, replaced by smaller clusters of traps. Greens have been recontoured, with one, the 12th, actually flowing front to back, unheard of back in the late 1970s when the course was first built. Shoal Creek has twice hosted the PGA Championship and the remodeled layout hosted the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Ariya Jutanugarn in a four-hole playoff over Hoo-joo Kim.
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Old Overton Club
Private
Old Overton Club
Vestavia Hills, AL
0
34 Panelists
This private Birmingham-area layout was designed by Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate and debuted as Golf Digest’s Best New Private Course of 1994. Visually narrow fairways play wider than they appear, given the unduldations often feed the ball back toward the center. This rolling course with relatively small greens was recently renovated by Pate and Steve Dana. It currently ranks as the sixth-best course on our Best in Alabama list.
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Highland Park Golf Course
Public
Highland Park Golf Course
Birmingham, AL
Centrally located in Birmingham, Highland Park is a quality public course with terrific views of downtown. Unlike some of the nearby wide, “big ballpark” layouts, Highland Park more closely resembles a New England-style course with short, narrow holes that demand precision. If you’re looking to dial in your short irons and wedges, this 5,800-yard par 70 is the spot. The bunkers and greens were renovated in 2019, modernizing this compelling design.
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Bent Brook Golf Course: Windmill/Brook/Graveyard
Between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Bent Brook is a 27-hole public facility that underwent an extensive renovation in 2016, switching to a hybrid AU Victory bent grass on the greens. The course has hosted three Alabama State Amateur Championships, including in 2022, when the Brook and Windmill nines hosted the championship. Each nine is named for its defining feature, and the Brook and Graveyard combo is the toughest of the three 18-hole combos, with the Graveyard and Windmill the most playable. Still, all three layouts are great for the average player, with generous landing areas.
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