Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park

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3.1
136
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
41
3 Stars
46
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
17
Conditions
2.6
Value
3.5
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.3
68.3%
Recommend this course
89 out of 136 reviews
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Average Rating
3.6
8
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
87.5%
Recommend this course
7 out of 8 reviews
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Average Rating
3.3
53
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
4
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.7
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.1
73.6%
Recommend this course
39 out of 53 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6593
Slope 116
Rating 72.5
Type Public
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6593 yards 72.5 116
White 72 6171 yards 70.4 116
Red (W) 72 5310 yards 70.4 116
Scorecard for The Refuge 1
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 73.1/123 370 510 145 340 360 190 485 382 420 3202 395 557 401 155 307 415 218 383 530 3361 6563
White M: 70.7/121 W: 71.7/123 349 484 123 304 338 167 475 360 400 3000 374 538 381 139 287 385 196 362 509 3171 6171
Red W: 67.1/113 292 429 100 271 282 145 414 302 350 2585 315 482 324 122 232 356 138 305 451 2725 5310
Handicap 11 5 13 15 3 7 17 9 1 8 10 2 14 18 6 4 12 16
Par 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 3 17 5 9 15 13 7 1 6 8 2 14 12 4 18 16 10

Course Details

Year Built 1974
Golf Season Year round
Architect Earl Stone

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.1
136

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 5
Brunch 4
19th Hole Scenic Views 2
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 11
Thick Rough 7
Water Hazards 6
This course/club is great for:
Walkers 14
Locals 11
Seniors 10
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 13
Near Local Attractions 7
Worth the Drive 2
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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Slow greens/afternoon rates

Like all the state park courses I have played, the greens are always extremely slow. Also, the competition reduces their afternoon rates significantly but you never seem to.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good southern golfing.

The day I golfed this course happened to be the last day they had a relationship with Golfnow. Great course because it doesn't have houses lining the fairways and the fairways are forgiving. Also, it's int the area of the best seafood restaurants I've found anywhere in the country.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good Value

Good course for the money. Booked with Golf Now. Your not playing at Augusta National. Just have fun and help out the state park.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

All in all

All in all, the course is an economical event. While it is a public course, it is easy, and the staff are very friendly. I’ve played it twice and will return. The cart paths need lots of work. They provided sand for divits but no scoops. The course needs more TLC but the price for the round was worth it.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park on 03/30/2018:
Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park, and for the 3 stars. We are sorry to see that the course may not have been in the best shape when you played and your feedback is appreciated. It looks like you had a friendly experience with our staff and that your round was a great value for you, so we hope this improved your overall experience with us. Thank you for your choosing our course, in the Gulf Shores area, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Popahop

Slow greens, sparse fairways, fun, walkable, little high price for an average course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park on 03/22/2018:
Hello, thank you for sharing your review, We truly appreciate both your positive and constructive feedback and will be sure to pass it along to our team. We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our staff at Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park and also appreciate your input on our maintenance. We hope to welcome you back for an enjoyable experience on the course in the near future.
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Rangers needed on the course

Very few people playing and pace was good until encountering a 4some on hole 11. Refused to let our 2some play through. Ended up going around the 4some and resumed play with all holes in front of us open. Noted three groups jammed up behind this 4some a few holes later. When courtesy fails a ranger is needed.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park on 03/21/2018:
Hello, thank you for taking the time to review us, Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park, in the Gulf Shores, Alabama area. We're very sorry to hear you may not have had the best recent customer experience with us due to the pace of play, and we greatly appreciate your feedback regarding the rangers so we may work towards any necessary improvements. We also appreciate your dedication to playing our course over the years and hope we can continue to provide you with a valuable golf experience. Thank you for golfing with us, and we hope to see you again soon.
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

I'll return

The course is a public course so does not get the attention that the more expensive private courses receive. Cart paths are a bit of a mess. Fairways are OK. Greens are OK. Better than some of the private courses in the area.

While a bit of wear and tear, it is a public course. Overall, it was money well spent.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park on 03/13/2018:
Hi. Thanks for your review. We really appreciate your feedback, and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the course. Thanks for choosing Refuge Golf Club. Please visit again soon!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

had a great time. greens a little bit slow, but great people to play with, and couse layout made it a great time.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average

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