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

Eva Faircloth - September 06, 2018

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


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


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



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



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



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



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.



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