Windmill/Brook at Bent Brook Golf Course

3.0000000000 3.0 stars from 5 (2)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6935 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 72.9
  • Layout


Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes


Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Accepted

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Silver 71 6935 yards 72.9 131
White 71 6491 yards 70.5 125
Yellow 71 6082 yards 68.2 119
Red (W) 71 5333 yards 69.0 116

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 2 Reviews
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recommend this course

2 out of 2 reviews


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"Bent Brook upping its game"

BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate

I recommend this course

"Bent Brook has made full recovery from tornado damage"

BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
Previously played Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

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.

Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

I recommend this course

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