Golf in Gulf Shores: The Top Courses for Your Golf Vacation

The Alabama Gulf Coast has more than its share of championship golf in Gulf Shores, and a stay at The Beach Club Resort & Spa puts visitors right smack in the middle of great golf opportunities. Why not plan to tee off for an epic golf getaway for your next Gulf Shores vacation? Here’s the scoop.

 

Gulf Shores is perfectly suited for the golfer in the group with an impressive sub-tropical climate that supports year-round play, lots of facilities to practice, PGA pros on hand for lessons and, of course, spectacular beach views like no other.

 

Nearby Gulf Shores Golf

 Gulf Shores Golf Vacation From the beginning golfer to the seasoned player, there are plenty of options for a nearby golf resort when staying at The Beach Club. Warning: you’ll be hooked on these fantastic courses when you see the course strength coupled with their impressive views.

 

But, first, practice your swing before hitting the greens at The Village Hideaway’s HD golf simulator. Get a grip on your game while the kids enjoy the arcade. You can even order lunch from the grill afterward. Craft beers are always on tap and multiple televisions line the walls.

 

Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club

 Peninsula Golf 6 miles from The Beach Club Resort & Spa

20 Peninsula Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL

251-968-8009

The Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club is a unique venue offering three different nine-hole courses, each with their own challenges. The Earl Stone designed golf resort is conveniently located on Mobile Bay and rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest. Golfers love the idea of the Gulf Shores golf club’s three courses – Marsh, Lakes, and Cypress – to experience in a single venue. Amenities include a recently remodeled clubhouse, a restaurant, and a bar, an 8,000-square-foot fitness center, eight tennis courts, and both indoor and outdoor pools. (Tip! Click on SPECIAL OFFERS on their website and you might find a way to save a little money when you play.)

 

Kiva Dunes Golf Course

 Kiva Dunes Golf 1 mile from The Beach Club Resort & Spa

815 Plantation Drive, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

866-540-7100

The award-winning Kiva Dunes Golf Club is less than five minutes from The Beach Club and is stunning in both design and setting. Located beachside along the Fort Morgan Peninsula of Gulf Shores, Kiva Dunes is Alabama’s number one ranked golf resort. The latest renovation was completed in 2015 on the championship course developed by Jim Edgemon and U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate making it more playable for average golfers. Need a lesson? No problem! Rea Schuessler is the resident PGA instructor with more than 25 years of experience. Also, golfers can work more extensively on their individual games by utilizing the full-service, full-swing practice facility. Additional amenities at Kiva Dunes include the clubhouse, fitness center and Kiva Beach Club. Call for tee times, specials and daily rates.

 

Craft Farms

15 miles from The Beach Club Resort & Spa

3840 Cotton Creek Circle, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

251-968-3002

 

Craft Farms features 36 holes of championship golf. Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend each offer a challenging, but fair, 18-holes. Both courses are signature Arnold Palmer golf courses and are the only two courses in Alabama designed by the legend himself. Each course boasts scenic and peaceful views of surrounding Baldwin County Alabama, with lush greens and various water features that fill the course. For rates, tee times, and specials, call ahead.

 

Gulf Shores Golf Club

12 miles from The Beach Club Resort & Spa

520 Clubhouse Drive, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

251-968-7366

 

Gulf Shores Golf Club was one of the first golf course built in Gulf Shores. In 2005, it was redesigned by Jay and Carter Morrish to lengthen the course and add numerous water features and bunkers. Don’t be surprised to see the courses atypical residents, like alligators and squirrels. This 18 championship hole course is renowned by visitors and is a can’t miss for golf enthusiasts visiting Gulf Shores. Call ahead for tee times, rates, and specials.

 

Glenlakes Golf Club

21 miles from The Beach Club Resort & Spa

9530 Clubhouse Drive, Foley, AL 36535

251-955-1220

 

Just a short drive away in Foley, AL, Glenlakes Golf Club is a Bruce Devlin/Robert Von Hagge designed 18-hole course in Foley.  Glenlakes has the feel of Scottish links golf featuring extra bunkering and postage-stamp sized greens. The 18-hole Vista-Dunes course is a links-style course, stretching 6,938 yards, and widely considered a challenging Gulf Coast course. The adjoining Lakes course is a nine-hole course that expands 3,065 yards and is great for golfers of all skill levels. For rates, tee times, and golf packages, call ahead.

 

Lost Key Golf Course

29 miles from The Beach Club Resort & Spa

625 Lost Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507

850-549-2161

 

Although not located in Gulf Shores, Lost Key Golf Course deserves a mention as one of the Gulf Coast’s top courses. Lost Key Golf Course is nicknamed “Lost Ball” for the tightness of the course and number of balls lost to water features, wind gusts, and other natural vegetation. However, golfers who play a precision game will enjoy the challenge and beauty of the course. Redesigned by the Arnold Palmer Group in 2006, Lost Key was the first golf course in the State of Florida to be certified as an Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary.

 

 

Fall is an especially great time of year for golf in Gulf Shores. The temperatures are a little cooler, the wind is a little breezier and the crowds are a little smaller. Book your golf getaway and relax at The Beach Club Resort & Spa this fall.

 

Summer Rainy Days on the Gulf Coast

In the summer, you always have rainy days and we need them to cool off from the Alabama heat. On those rainy days, typically you are cooped up inside. While you are inside and not on the beach or poolside there is always something to do.

Tanger Outlets Shopping while on vacation is inevitable, but the best days to go are those when you are not missing the sun and the days are cooling off. Take a walk around the outdoor covered Tanger Outlets and find brands like Kate Spade, Michael Khors, Vera Bradley and more.

The Track. While it is known for its outdoor activities like go karts, water bumper cars, mini golf and sky coaster, there is also an inside arcade with hours of fun. Play and win tickets to pick out a prize. Don’t have enough tickets? Save them for the next time you come, they don’t expire. Save enough and you could trade in your tickets for a designer purse, autographed football or other prizes worth more than tickets.

The Wharf. There is so much to do at The Wharf raining or not, but there is a lot to do on rainy days. Stroll around and shop, make a cherished stuffed animal at Build-A-Bear or grab a bite to eat and watch the boats pull into the marina. Even catch a movie at Carmike and listen to the rain while watching a summer blockbuster. If you want to run; play laser tag or bazooka ball at the Arena and school the kids in the art of battle, or show them up on arcade games that you grew up on.

Whether it’s sunny days or rainy days, there’s always something to do on the Alabama Gulf Coast while you are #creatinghappymemories.

4 Coastal Attractions Keeping You Cool this Summer

With temperatures at their summer peak, the things on people’s minds are ways to stay cool and have fun at the same time.  When you add the humidity factor that is ever so present in the southeast, you have one hot summer. The standard attire in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is bathing suits and flip flops so you are always prepared to make a splash into some cool refreshing water.  Here is a list of four coastal attractions designed to help keep you cool this summer.

Waterville USA – If you are looking to relax along the lazy river or thrill seek on one of the 17 waters slides, then Waterville should be on your list of must do summer attractions. Also included in the 20 acre waterpark  is a wave pool, Shrimp Boat Village, Wa-Wa World and Flowrider. The amusement park includes Nascart Go-Carts, Cannonball Run roller coaster, mini golf, trampoline, kiddie rides and much more.

Happy Harbors – Conveniently located in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, both restaurants have watersport rentals including pontoon boats with slides, waverunners, kayaks, center console boats and more. You can get there by car or boat! We suggest you go hungry and enjoy some of their award winning oysters since they did win the 2012 Gulf Coast Oyster Cook-Off.

Sail Wild Hearts – It’s no secret that Spectrum Resorts is a huge fan of Sail Wild Hearts. After all, they cruise by Turquoise Place multiple times a day. We suggest booking a Kayak Adventure Sail where you can Paddleboard, snorkel, and kayak all on the same excursion. Sail away to an island and let the fun begin. They even make it easy for all ages and sizes with a descending staircase, not a ladder.

Flyboard Bama – Prepare for Liftoff and experience flying like a superhero with the newest and most exciting water sport on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Flyboard Bama is located at The Beach Club in Gulf Shores and behind Cayman Grill on Canal Road in Orange Beach. Get ready for liftoff!

Beat the heat this summer and enjoy Coastal Alabama’s most popular water attractions. Share your favorite photos with us on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and use #WattsUp and your photo may be featured in our next vlog, Watts Up on the Beach.

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Tips for Planning a Hassle-Free Summer Vacation

Tips for Planning a Hassle-Free Summer Vacation

Today’s technology makes planning a vacation a lot easier and stress free. When it’s time to book your beach getaway, try using the many available resources to save time and money. Let us help you find the best accommodations, show you the best places to dine, and help you plan an unforgettable Alabama Coastal Getaway.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Travel Apps

Use the multipurpose mobile apps provided by Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism to help you navigate your way around Coastal Alabama. Download the app to find specials on beach houses and condos, to find live music, and to learn about the area’s history or to just find a peaceful walking trail.  Apps include the Gulf Beaches App, the Scenic Byway App, and the Backcountry App.

Alabama Gulf Coast Vacation Guide

Enjoy hassle free planning with the Alabama Gulf Coast Vacation Guide. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism makes it easy with two options including the online version or a free copy that can be sent to you by mail. They also offer the Alabama Civil War Trail Guide, Orange Beach Fishing Association Charter Directory, Gulf Shores Golf Guide, and the E-Tiding Newsletter.

TripAdvisor

Read reviews on TripAdvisor to see what experiences other people have had. Find inside information from previous patrons on accommodations, entertainment, and attractions. All contributors are unpaid, and TripAdvisor has one of the largest collections of user-contributed pictures from more than 45 countries. Look for the owl of approval at your favorite destinations.

Travel Bloggers

Ask the experts. Do your research and find travel bloggers and writers who are social media enthusiasts. Bloggers are bloggers because they can tell you about their experiences and relay them in a manner in which you can almost picture yourself there. The art of penmanship is great when looking for the perfect vacation.

We also recommend looking at social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  Most businesses have at least one social media channel and general response times are quick and informative. Have a relaxing summer and please let us know your tips for planning a hassle-free vacation.

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Pack Your Clubs: The Gulf Coast is a Golfer’s Paradise

Taking a golf vacation on the Gulf Coast is like having an open invitation to play all the best country clubs you need a membership to play on back home. There are seven championship golf courses within a short drive, and all are open to the public. Throw in the fact that the weather is conducive to playing almost year-round, and it’s literally a golfer’s paradise.

Most courses are open seven days a week with low fall/winter rates and even lower rates for playing in the afternoon.

Kiva Dunes

One of the most acclaimed golf courses on the Gulf is Kiva Dunes.  Among the numerous designations it has received are Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Best Public Golf Courses”  and Golf Week’s “No. 1 Golf Course in Alabama.” Designed to sit along the Gulf of Mexico by former US Open Champion, Jerry Pate, the course fits beautifully among sand dunes, lakes and the natural wildlife areas. Since it’s one of the more windy and difficult courses to play on the Gulf Coast, Kiva Dunes may be frustrating for high handicappers. Located on Fort Morgan Road in Gulf Shores, rates range from $64 – $92 depending on the time of year and time of day.

Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club

Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club is one of the more beautiful and popular courses in the area. Consistently rated Four Stars by Golf Digest, this Earl Stone designed 27-hole course is nestled beside Bon Secour Wildlife Preserve and winds through cypress, live oaks and other vegetation native to the area. There are three nines to pick from –the Marsh, Lakes and Cypress. The Champion Ultra Dwarf grass greens are big and fast. Set on Mobile Bay and located on Fort Morgan Road, rates range from $69 – $99.

Craft Farms

There are two Arnold Palmer Signature Championship Golf Courses at Craft Farms.  Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend are the only courses in the state designed by the golf legend. Both course are generally considered challenging, but fair. Rates ranges from $59 -$99

Gulf Shores Golf Club

Gulf Shores Golf Club was one of the first golf courses built in the area. It was redesigned in 2005 by Jay and Carter Morrish to lengthen it’s almost 7,000 yards and add numerous water features and bunkers. It’s one of the more female-friendly courses in the area. Fall/winter rates range from $49 – $69.

Glenlakes Golf Club

Glenlakes Golf Club is a Bruce Devlin/Robert Von Hagge designed 18-hole course in Foley.  Glenlakes has the feel of Scottish links golf featuring extra bunkering and postage-stamp sized greens. Considered one of the best values in the area, rates range from $30 to $65.

Lost Key Golf Course

Lost Key Golf Course has been nicknamed “Lost Ball” for the tightness of the course and number of balls lost to water features, wind gusts and other natural vegetation. However, golfers who play a precision game will enjoy the challenge and beauty of the course. Redesigned by the Arnold Palmer Group in 2006, Lost Key was the first golf course in the State of Florida to be certified as an Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary. Located in Perdido Key, rates range from $50 – $99.

Considering the natural beauty of the area, it’s no wonder some of the top designers in golf have chosen the Alabama Gulf Coast to construct their masterpieces. So, next time you are headed to the beach, don’t forget your clubs!