Mild temperatures, long days and 16 Alabama Gulf Coast golf courses. If that sounds like something that gets the golfer in you excited, it’s time for a fall vacation with Gulf Shores golf on the agenda.
Stay and play at your favorite Gulf Shores golf resort, such as Kiva Dunes Golf Club or The Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club. Both offer onsite golf course condos. The 18-hole course at Kiva Dunes, designed by U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate, boasts improvements and renovations completed in 2015. The Peninsula is Earl Stone-designed and offers three 9-hole courses, each with different challenges. Just north of the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores is Craft Farms, another stay-and-play golf resort; the Arnold Palmer design offers 36 holes of championship golf on two courses. The conveniently located Courtyard Marriott makes it easy to spend a weekend or a week. There are plenty more Alabama golf courses waiting for you to tee off on during a Gulf Shores vacation. If you prefer staying in a Gulf Shores beach house or Orange Beach condo, check the discounted fall rates and save some green for the greens!
When you’re traveling with a group, space is in high demand. If you can’t pack your crew and all your golf gear in the car, consider using Ship Sticks. Most Gulf Shores golf courses offer this service. Have your clubs picked up at home and shipped directly to the golf course. The service guarantees on-time arrival, making a golf vacation on Alabama’s beaches hassle free.
Fall is also a great time to brush up on your golf skills. Contact any of the pro shops to ask about individual lessons or even group lessons if you bring three or more friends with you. Depending on the golf course you select and the duration of your golf lesson, rates start as low as $15 per person.
After you’ve spent a day on the fairways, stop in at Big Beach Brewing Company to try a flight of craft beer brewed right in Gulf Shores. Visit with the area’s residents who start ambling in around 4:30 in the afternoon and get in the know with tips and facts they are eager to share. While there, challenge your friends to a game of disc golf or just hang around for some live music.
While golf may be the main attraction for your beach vacation, there’s plenty more to keep you as busy as you’d like to be. Check the calendar of events for fall festivals and live music.