Shoal Creek

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Shoal Creek

Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Year: 1977

100 New Williamsburg Drive
Shoal Creek, Alabama 35242
(205) 991-9000

Course Access: Private

driving range available
walking only - caddies available
on-site accommodations

PGA Championship - 1984, 1990


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Shoal Creek is Jack Nicklaus’ first solo design and also widely considered by many to be his very best.   Set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Shoal Creek occupies the valley between Oak and Double Oak Mountain which creates the unique feel of being part parkland and part mountain golf.

Local Knowledge:  Believed to be the first club in the “Deep South” to have bent grass greens.  Augusta National followed suit shortly thereafter and transitioned to bent grass greens in 1981.

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The Itinerant Golfer

Shoal Creek

Through numerous circumstances, hobbies and events in my life I have been lucky enough to have traveled quite extensively throughout the United States. Even before I started this Top 100 madness there were only seven states where I had not left my footprint over the years. Back in 2007 when I looked at the Top 100 list for the first time I took note that if I could complete the list I would be able to visit four more new states leaving me with just three to visit in order to have been to all 50. Alabama is one of the four that my Top 100 Golf Odyssey would bring me to for the first time. Having never been to Alabama and not knowing anyone who lived there I wasn’t too sure how I was going to find my way onto the exclusive private club Shoal Creek. I decided not to worry about it for the time being and hoped that I would eventually meet someone who would be able to help me. As things tend to happen with the Top 100 Golf Odyssey a solution presented itself. Driving home from a game of golf in Richmond one day early in the 2010 season I received an email from a fellow golfer named John. He wrote that he had been following my blog for awhile and that he wished to invited me to join him for a game at Shoal Creek where he was a member. I will never cease… More >