Kiva Dunes Golf Course in Gulf Shores

3 Top Gulf Shores Golf Courses by Golf Advisor

When searching for the South’s best golf, Alabama comes up on many lists with more than a few championship courses including several along the Gulf Coast.

According to the latest from Golf Advisor, Kiva Dunes in Gulf Shores ranks first in the state’s Top 15 Golf Courses (2018) as determined by customer reviews. Read on for more details about area courses that made the list and other golf courses along the Gulf Coast.

Golfer play at Kiva Dunes in Gulf Shores

Kiva Dunes Golf Course in Gulf Shores

A gorgeous course designed by U.S. Open Champion Jerry Pate along with developer Jim Edgemon, Kiva Dunes offers more than 7,100 yards of play area in a natural setting with lots of exposed sand and gnarly scrub oak. The recently top-rated public course is no stranger to awards as it regularly appears on top course lists in highly regarded publications such as Golf Digest, Golf Week and Links Magazine as well as Golf Advisor.

A links-style course opened since 1995, Kiva Dunes is beautifully manicured and meanders through acres of coastal greenery and conservation areas along the Fort Morgan peninsula of Gulf Shores. Kiva Dunes doesn’t disappoint when it comes to unique signature holes, sugar-white sand traps and the perfect blend of tropical landscape coupled with the Gulf of Mexico.

Renovations in 2015 brought improvements and a new level of appeal for an already stunning golf course. Bermuda TifEagle grass was the upgrade for the greens creating a smooth and consistent playing surface appreciated by avid golfers. And, of course, the strategic placement of the course continues to be the largest draw with a blend of Gulf and bay winds that make every day feel different, depending on how the wind blows.

Gulf Shores Golf Club

Coming in at #7 on the Golf Advisor list, Gulf Shores Golf Club (previously known as Golf Club of The Wharf) is a challenging course in yet another amazing Gulf Coast setting. Earl Stone designed the award-winning public course which has been open since 1967. The course was lengthened by 300 yards during a 2005 renovation.

Designed in traditional plantation-style, the Clubhouse features a Pro Shop and a dining room. Golfers at Gulf Shores Golf Club also enjoy a driving range, practice putting green and a chipping green complete with surrounding sand bunkers for exclusive use by members and registered golfers.

Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores AL

Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores

Like Kiva Dunes, the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club is located on the Fort Morgan Peninsula of Gulf Shores between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The setting is spectacular, and the golf is even better. The 27-hole championship course was designed by Earl Stone and offers a different atmosphere given that it is actually three, 9-hole courses: Marsh, Lakes and Cypress. Each course is distinct and provides golfers with a fun set of interesting challenges. Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club ranks #15 on the Golf Advisor listing, giving the Gulf Coast three top 15 golf facilities. That’s good news for folks looking to travel to the beach and bring along their clubs.

Even more championship golf abounds along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Browse the golf course directory and pack your bags for your next adventure on the greens.

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