Guide to 9 public golf courses within 25 miles of Birmingham. Map included. We’re not ‘tee’-zing

Overlooking the city of Birmingham, AL from Highland Park Golf
A beautiful view of the Birmingham skyline from Highland Park Golf (Photo via Highland Park Golf Facebook)

Whether you rate yourself as the next winner of the Masters or you’ve only recently considered taking up the game, there’s some fantastic public golf courses within a short distance of Birmingham. It’s time to dust off those clubs and get ready to hit the fairways (hopefully) with our guide to 9 public golf courses within 25 miles of Birmingham. 

Remember to wear two pairs of trousers when you play…in case you get a hole in one!

Now that I have your attention; 18 hole price ranges have been included for guidance. Check with each course for 9 hole prices, special discounts, senior/junior pricing, twilight/winter deals. Also, most clubs have tuition available for beginners.

1) Ballantrae Golf Club, Pelham

Overlooking a green on Balantrae Golf Club, Pelham, AL
Photo via Ballantrae Golf Club Facebook

Course details: Rolling hills and spectacular views. 18 holes over 7,310 yards with a par of 72. 

Where: 1300 Ballantrae Club Dr. Pelham, AL 35124 

(205) 620-4653

Distance from center of Birmingham: 25 miles

Rates: $45-65

Website: www.ballantraegolf.com 

2) Bent Brook Golf Club, Bessemmer (Three 9 hole courses)

The windmill at Bent Brook Golf Club, Bessemer, AL.
Photo via Bent Brook Golf Club Facebook

Course details: Three courses; Brook, Windmill and Graveyard (which actually has an old graveyard on site).

Brook/Graveyard: 18 holes over 7,222 yards with a par of 72

Brook/Windmill: 18 holes over 7,014 yards with a par of 71

Graveyard/Windmill: 18 holes over 6,722 yards with a par of 72

Never ‘fore’-get to wear sunscreen when playing! (Photo courtesy of Jon Eastwood)

Where: 7900 Dickey Springs Rd. Bessemmer, AL 35022

(205) 424-2368

Distance from center of Birmingham: 24 miles

Guest rates: $52-62

Website: www.bentbrook.com

3) Don A Hawkins, Roebuck Municipal Golf Course

A green at Roebuck Municipal Golf Course, AL.
Photo via City of Birmingham

Course details: Offers a golfing experience that will challenge all player levels . One of the best bargains in the area. 18 holes over 6,509 yards with a par of 71.

Where: 89200 Roebuck Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35206

(205) 836-7318

Distance from center of Birmingham: 10 miles

Rates: $25-30

4) The City of Bessemer, Frank House Municipal Golf Course

Golfer taking tee shot at Frank House Municipal Golf club, Hoover, AL.
Photo via Frank House Municipal Golf Club Facebook

Course details: A good course for beginners with little water and sand hazards. 18 holes over 6,346 yards with a par of 72.

Where: 801 Golf Course Rd, Bessemer, AL 35022

 (205) 424-9540

Distance from center of Birmingham: 17 miles

Rates: $25

www.bessemeral.org/frankhouse

5) Highland Park Golf, Birmingham

A lake provides a water hazard at Highland Park Golf in Birmingham, AL
Photo via Highland Park Golf Facebook

Course details: An interesting and challenging course with some spectacular views of downtown Birmingham. 18 holes over 5,801 yards with a par of 70.

Where: 3300 Highland Ave South

(205) 322-1902

Distance from center of Birmingham: 2 miles

Rates:$45-54

www.highlandparkgolf.com

6) Horse Creek Golf Course, Dora

A view from the new clubhouse at Horse Creek Golf Course, Dora, AL.
Photo via Horse Creek Golf Course Facebook

Course details: Reasonable green fees that won’t wipe out your wallet. A fun course with multiple water hazards and elevation changes. 18 holes over 6,552 yards with a par of 72.

Where: 1745 Highway 78, Dora, AL 35062

(205) 648-1499

Distance from center of Birmingham: 25 miles

Rates: $29-39

www.horsecreekgolf.com 

7) Oak Mountain State Park Golf Course “The Oaks”

A fairway at Oak Mountain State Park Golf, AL.
Photo via Alabama State Parks

Course details: Play golf at Alabama’s largest state park. 18 holes over 6842 yards with a par of 72. 

Where: 200 Terrace Dr. Pelham, AL 35124

(205) 620-2522

Distance from center of Birmingham: 20 miles

Rates: $23-59

www.alapark.com/oak-mountain-state-park-golf-course 

8) Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge

Beautiful flowers overlook a lake at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Ross Bridge, AL.
Photo via RTJ Facebook

Course details: One of the longest courses in the world. Look out for the spectacular waterfall dropping 80 feet between the ninth and eighteenth greens. 18 holes over 8,191 yards with a par of 72. 

Where: 4000 Grand Avenue, Hoover, AL 35226

(205) 480-7677

Distance from center of Birmingham: 13 miles

Rates: From $65

www.rtjgolf.com/rossbridge/ 

9) Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Oxmoor Valley (Three 18 hole courses)

Heart shaped green at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Oxmoor Valley, AL.
Photo via RTJ Facebook

Ridge Course: Roller coaster fairways, heavy tree cover ,and huge elevation changes.  18 holes over 7,055 yards with a par of 72.

Valley Course: Tree-lined and dotted with picturesque lakes.  18 holes over 7,167 yards with a par of 72.

Short Course: A delightful collection of 18 pure one-shotters which offer severe elevation changes. Virtually every hole plays downhill.  18 holes over 3,360 yards with a par of 54.

Where: 100 Sunbelt Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35211

 (205) 942-1177

Distance from center of Birmingham: 12 miles

Rates: Short course specials. Ridge and Valley from $65.

www.rtjgolf.com/oxmoorvalley 

Need to get some practice closer to the city? Try Top Golf!

Ladies playing at Top Golf
Booths can be shared by up to 6 people at Top Golf, Birmingham (Photo via Top Golf)

If hitting unlimited golf balls, while enjoying food and drinks is more your thing, Top Golf in Birmingham has you covered.

Where: 1111, 24th St N, Birmingham, AL 35234

Price: From $25 per bay per hour (1-6 people per bay)

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Author: Jon Eastwood

Originally from Wales (UK) and a fluent Welsh speaker. Longtime sustainability and recycling champion. Former county recycling manager in the UK. Career highlights include introducing innovative recycling systems and achieving a point where households throw out trash just once a month. Competed in international coastal rowing championships and followed Wales throughout Europe in their Rugby and Soccer endeavours.