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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 71
Length 6935 yards
Slope 131
Rating 72.9

Course Details

Year Built 1988
Fairways Tift 419 Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ward Northrup

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

3.7
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Handicap 10-14
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27 Outstanding Holes of Golf

Bent Brook Golf Club is a Birmingham area original and is unlike any other golf course in the area. Bent Brook offers golfers three unique nine-hole designs: The Brook, Graveyard and Windmill. Depending on the daily order of play, golfers can enjoy three separate 18-hole layouts that never play the same way twice and you’ll never get tired of playing. Each nine hole layout is unique in its own right and has helped Bent Brook rightfully earn its spot as one of the premier golf courses in central Alabama. Bent Brook opened in 1988 and in 2016 the Brook and Graveyards courses underwent a complete renovation. Windmill’s makeover is slated for 2019.

Bent Brook is meticulously maintained and features Tifway 419 Bermuda grass on the fairways, Zoysia grass on the collars and green surrounds and AU Victory bent grass on their greens. AU stands for Auburn University where the grass was developed. Bent Brook was one of the first courses in the world to use AU Victory Bent grass and the feedback from golf course Superintendent Johnny Perry is that it’s one of his favorites because it is so heat resistant, something most bent grass strains lack.

The Brook Nine gets its name from the stream that comes into play numerous times as you make your way around the layout. The Brook is the longest of the three nines and plays more than 3,700 yards from the back tees. For the most part, it’s wide open off the tee, letting you swing away. Number 3 is the signature hole on this nine; from the back tees, the hole plays 219 yards. Move up to Tee III and it’s still no picnic at 166 yards. The beautifully bricked brook that winds its way down the right side of the fairway and then pools in front of the green was part of the renovation and has been made more pronounced. Bunkers guard the front left and back of the green. Number 4 is this nine’s #1 handicap and at 603 yards from the back tees, it’s a 3-shot hole for just about everyone. Three good shots that is. While playing the course with Director of Golf Mickey Wolf, he mentioned that some players will play down the adjacent fairway to take the trees in front of the green out of play and have a better angle into the green. According to Wolf, the green will be moved this winter, which will make this tactic a moot point.

The Graveyard Nine gets its name from the small family cemetery adjacent to the 8th tee that has been on the property since the early 1900s and is well photographed. Graveyard finishes with a challenging par 4 that plays 407 yards from the back tees. Water guards the right side of the landing area and a stream crosses the fairway twice – once at about 170 yards that shouldn’t come into play, the other at around 270 which could! In addition to the water right, you’ll need to avoid the bunker left, making this a tough driving hole. Success off the tee will leave a long to mid-iron into a long, narrow green protected on either side by sand. Par is a good way to end the nine.

According to Perry, big changes are coming for Windmill. Reconstruction will consist of significant changes to holes 6, 7 and 8. Six will feature a Redan green and the par 3, 7th will be lengthened to about 240 from the back tees and feature a Biarritz green with a four foot trough running through the middle. Johnny assured me the pin will never be located in the trough!

Bent Brook’s Golf Shop is the perfect place to find all kinds of logoed golf apparel and accessories with names like Puma, Titleist and Callaway. They also have a good selection of golf shoes and other accessories you’ll need for a successful round. The snack bar at Bent Brook may be small, but the food they putout is incredible. I highly recommend any of their burgers and sandwiches to go along with your favorite post-golf adult beverage.

As you’d expect with a course of this caliber, Bent Brook hosts a number of golf tournaments and outings during the year and provides an outstanding venue for tournaments, corporate events and personal gatherings. The experienced staff at Bent Brook will handle every aspect of your event making the experience easy on you and enjoyable for your guests. The incredible surroundings at Bent Brook, including their newly renovated course and clubhouse offer an impressive environment for tournament play and post-round socializing and celebration.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 237
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Extreme playability on the menu at BB

Course is in really good shape given how much rain we’ve had this winter.

With even more tree removal since I was here last, this track is nearly completely WIDE open. You can spray it left and right off the tee and still manage to score.

The greens were surprisingly firm, but they roll very true. Excellent greens. Traps had appropriate amount of sand and were very consistent.

The Windmill nine is undergoing some maintenence and they are also massaging a couple of holes, so I’m not sure when it will re-open.

If I had one constructive criticism, a $55 weekday rate is a bit on the high end for Birmingham public golf.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course! Will Be Back!

This is course is very well taken care of. Fairways were perfect; greens were very soft (almost too soft). Wide open fairways, only lost 2 balls to the water. Tee boxes need to be marked as far as which hole is which. Kinda confusing. My only complaint is that we decided to take a break after we completed the Graveyard course (front 9). Evidently a group of 6 or so foursomes had a tee time on the Brook course that coincided with when we decided to resume and we had to wait almost an hour, instead of being able to squeeze in when we could. We basically got penalized for taking a break to eat lunch. The staff did make it right and gave each of us a free round for our next trip, so we'll definitely be back!.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 237
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Bent Brook upping its game

It has been about six months since my last visit to Bent Brook and I must say that the course is really stepping up.

There was a lot of tree loss from a major storm almost two years ago, but I noticed some continued tree removal that has really cleaned up the look of the course. I really liked it.

The new AU Victory Bermuda greens have really come in and are stellar. They were very smooth and putted beautifully. They aren’t as grainy as many strains. Still a little firm, but are receiving pitch marks and you can get 8 irons to hold.

Fairways are extremely wide and firm. They are a little too closely-cropped for my liking, but should fill in nicely as the weather continues to warm.

Course was crowded, but we kept a nice pace. Marshals are ever-present to keep things moving along.

Where Bent Brook will win with your average golfer is that it is generous off the tee. You can spray it and still play it. No rough. You probably will not lose a ball. There are few forced carries like the RTJ Trail courses on second shots. And the greens all employ subtle slope. Most are all tilted, instead of having different shelves.

This 27-hole facility continues to make strides to keep pace with the crowded Birmingham upscale public golf market. I wasnt so sure it hadn’t fallen behind on my last visit. After today, I have changed my mind. It can still be competitive.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 237
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

Bent Brook has made full recovery from tornado damage

Bent Brook is a 27-hole facility made up of three nine hole courses. This review is for the Brook-Windmill composite.

This facility is fairly wide open off the tee, though there are enough trees to keep you from flailing away. The fairways were firm and fast. There are some well-placed large trees that come into play on approach shots, making this more of a second-shot course in my opinion.

Though I've played this course many times, it was my first visit since a tornado wreaked havoc here a little more than a year ago. In addition to tree removal, the course did a massive greens and bunker restoration.

The greens are fairly large and provide more gradual, gentle slope than distinct tiers like you'll find on the RTJ Trail. The greens were nearly fully healed from recent aeration and rolled very good.

The bunkering on this course, particularly around the greens are very shallow, old-style traps. Even the weakest bunker players won't have trouble extricating themselves from them.

The management also did some massaging of holes, including the par-3 third hole on the Brook course. A rock wall fronting the green replaced railroad ties and a vast sandy waste area. I like that change. One that I am not a fan of, however, is the removal of the pot bunker in the middle of the fairway on the short par-4 third hole on the Windmill course. It took away the only thing that makes that hole interesting and renders it unmemorable.

That is kind of what plagues Bent Brook: while there are some really good holes, there are too many unremarkable ones that become monotonous. As a whole, the par threes are weak. All but one of the dog-leg holes on all three nines move right-to-left. Need some variety there. What makes Bent Brook challenging is its length. From the regular men's tees, it plays 6,600+ yards. There are some challenging long- and mid-iron carries over hazards for approaches. That to me is the course's niche.

Bent Brook was the first upscale public golf facility in Birmingham. It has since drawn stiff competition from the RTJ Golf Trail, Timberline, Ballantrae and Limestone Springs. The walking twilight rate of $23 is an excellent value in a crowded market, and this course is extremely walkable, unlike the aforementioned competition.

The range is very large and flat with an ample tee and a variety of targets. There are three separate putting greens. Would like to see a chipping area that is not on the opposite end of the range near the instruction area. Though I walked, I noticed the carts were equipped with GPS.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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