Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park

3.0417941176 3.0 stars from 5 (135)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6593 yards
  • Slope: 116
  • Rating: 72.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Accepted

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 135 Reviews
5 stars:
9
4 stars:
41
3 stars:
45
2 stars:
23
1 stars:
17

recommend this course

88 out of 135 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions   Great for walkers locals seniors   Challenges include bunkers thick rough water hazards  

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"Good southern golfing."


u000007135612's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good Value"


u683484871's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"All in all"


skalkot's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


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.


u934810652's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



WinsleyPearsonW's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Popahop"


hoppop's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


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.

"Rangers needed on the course"


honeydu's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


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.

"I'll return"


skalkot's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


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!


dedgolf13's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



clintone4's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park on 03/13/2018:

Hello. Thanks for the review. We appreciate and listen to your feedback. We're sorry that the experience wasn't what you were looking for. We hope you will give us the opportunity to change your opinion. Thanks for choosing Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park.

"Give it a try!!!"


uXAUA9085XA's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is coming along nicely, keep up the good work and the park course!! See y'all again soon!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Slow, Slow, Slow"


honeydu's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Seems as if they were trying to jam as many golfers as possible on the course. No rangers. Not uncommon for three groups to be on a hole, including par 3s. Well over 5 hours to play round.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park on 02/23/2018:

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are very disappointed to hear that the course conditions and pace were not up to our usual standards. Here at Refuge Golf Club, we take our customer feedback very seriously and we will share your comment with our staff to make improvements and corrections accordingly. Thanks again for your review. Please give us the opportunity to change your mind about our course. We hope you'll visit again soon.


Timothywebb63's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Ok course"


marnel's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens we're very slow. The starter does not pair twosomes up which some times slows play .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Timothywebb63's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Refuge Golf Club on 02/14/2018:

We appreciate your 4-star review!

"golf"


dedgolf13's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

greens slow.

fairways dorment with rough patches. need to move ball out of dirt depressions . good couse for practice. fairways are wide.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park on 02/09/2018:

Hello. Thank you so much for taking the time to review our course, Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the pace and layout of our course and that you were treated so well by our staff. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and we will share it with the appropriate staff to correct any issues or make any improvements. We hope to see you again soon to deliver more of the courtesy and service you enjoyed. Thanks for choosing Refuge Golf Club.

"Great Course"


u318376134's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We enjoyed playing this course in early February and look forward to playing it again while in Gulf Shores during February.

Conditions very good considering the cold winter to date. The course offered tee positions for all levels of play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Review of State Park Golf Course"


u384033018's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I chose this course as I wanted to play different courses while down in GS and this was a fair, but challenging course and I met three other players who were very friendly and fun to play with. I would certainly play this course again if I can fine a value like I did on Golf Now like I had this time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Player friendly course"


marnel's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Front 9 was fine. Could not play back nine. back nine was closed. We're not told until we got there. Took 45 minutes to play 3 hole. Starter did no pair twosomes up. Twosome on the green and 2 twosomes on tee blocks. Only played 3 hold. Not very happy.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park on 02/02/2018:

Hello, thank you for reviewing our course, Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park. We're very sorry to hear you may have had a poor customer experience with us recently, and we appreciate your feedback so we may work on improvements for your future experience with us. We apologize for any miscommunication or misunderstanding in regards to your reservation and hope we can better clarify in the future if necessary. Thank you for choosing our course in the Gulf Shores, Alabama area, and we hope to see you again soon.


u319369751's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park on 02/05/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review our course, Refuge Golf Club at Gulf State Park, in the Gulf Shores, Alabama area. We are sorry to see that you may have had a poor customer experience with us and that the course may not have been in the best shape when you played. Any additional feedback is greatly appreciated so that we can improve your experience with us in the future. Thank you for choosing to golf with us and we hope to see you again soon.


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