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Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6906 yards
Slope 137
Rating 73.2
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Green 72 6906 yards 73.2 137
Blue 72 6519 yards 71.3 140
White 72 6030 yards 67.6 129
Gold 72 5048 yards 64.5 110
Red (W) 72 4752 yards 67.8 120
Scorecard for StillWaters
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Green M: 73.2/137 450 413 170 487 391 347 333 208 571 3370 366 533 498 563 188 423 202 358 405 3536 6906
Blue M: 71.3/133 431 383 137 468 365 335 305 189 539 3152 363 512 473 531 171 412 181 338 386 3367 6519
White M: 69.6/129 407 347 121 457 346 313 260 265 526 3042 346 458 382 514 147 400 158 320 368 3093 6135
Gold M: 64.5/120 W: 70.1/122 295 274 96 401 324 265 225 140 482 2502 254 435 349 419 111 316 126 271 265 2546 5048
Red W: 67.8/118 295 274 96 401 324 265 225 140 357 2377 254 450 253 419 111 226 126 271 265 2375 4752
Handicap 7 12 18 1 10 14 16 5 3 13 15 6 8 17 2 9 11 4
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 36 4 5 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 13 15 17 1 3 11 9 7 5 14 12 2 4 18 6 16 8 10

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Golf Season Year round
Architect Kurt Sandness (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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3.8
7 Reviews (7)
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Nice Course

Very friendly staff, beautiful course and scenery-excellent bar and restaurant at course. Only negative was the traps needed some attention.

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First Time Playing

Stillwaters much better than the talks

Welcomed by a warm handshake and extremely friendly staff members in the Pro Shop made the start into my golf day a perfect one.

Although the golf carts are not the newest ones and the GPS doesn‘t work properly the design and layout of the 18 holes of The Highlands excuses the negatives. Although not every green and for sure not every bunker is well maintained is the game exciting and diversified. The fairways are mostly good and wide open if you don‘t hit the ball always straight. Pace of play on a Saturday was excellent, no Marshall was seen.

Although left and right of the cart paths was a bit too much trash (beer cans, plastic bottles etc.) I definitely would recommend this course and will come back one day.

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

Fun, Challenging, Beautiful

My first time on this course and it's probably one of my favorites! I will definitely be back!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Not what I expected

I start by saying that the pro Rob could not have been more friendly. Great guy. All staff members were excellent. The problems were not in the clubhouse but instead on the course. The greens were almost 100% rolled mud with algae on top. I don't know if they over sprayed pre-emerge earlier this year and killed all their grass on accident or what, but they were in awful shape. Little to no grass on the greens and massive patches of Poa made rolling a true putt nearly impossible.. The course in general needs a large amount of money dumped into it. The bunkers were completely unplayable. Our group had to make the unanimous decision to play them as GUR. Many areas look overgrown and unkempt. The conditions honestly reminded me of your usual low budget municipal course. I cannot begin to imagine going back to pay the 59.00 to play this place. I know this course was once "THE" place to play, but father time has not been good to her. They desperately need to dump some serious cash into this place or drastically reduce what they charge. I don't mind paying medium prices for medium tier golf but this was far from that. Again, I loved every staff member I encountered, but someone needs to get off the check book and make some course improvements if they want repeat customers. They also need to update their online photographs. They were a gross misrepresentation of what the course currently looks like. I hate to be so critical, but I felt truly misled by the few photos I was able to find online.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Confounding, yet challenging and enjoyable throughout

Forums like these prompt the overuse of certain descriptions, like "hidden gem." I honestly don't know how else to describe Stillwaters.

This course has been around for 20 years, but receives very little buzz. In fact, today was my first round here. I left wondering what took me so long to discover it.

The first thing you notice about this place is that it lies in a gated community, so the amenities, much like the condition of the course, are better than most. The tremendous practice area is only slightly detached from the clubhouse and offers an expansive "Himalayas style" putting green that resembles those at Pinehurst, Bandon Dunes and Gamble Sands. You will think the cups are perched ridiculously amongst the exaggerated swales, but that is only to prepare you for what lies ahead in your round. More on those greens in a bit. There is a chipping and bunker practice green. The range is short, but wide with plenty of targets.

The clubhouse is Plantation style with a large back porch for dining al fresco. It overlooks a modest back lawn that separates the 18th green from the clubhouse with one of the neatest atmospheres I've ever encountered. One end of the lawn houses a platform stage for live music. On the other end is an outdoor bar, and I dont mean a few stools. It's at least 20 yards long, complete with neon signs and TVs. I can imagine this is a great place to decompress post-round on the weekends.

Now, to the course.

I have previously been unfamiliar with course designer Kurt Sandness' work, but I am now a big fan. I found it very similar to Donald Steel's Highland Course at Primland in Virginia.

This course is very visually intimidating throughout.
Stillwaters boasts extremely dramatic tee shots from elevated boxes. Rolling fairways dart and dive and many are canted, increasing the course's difficulty. Approach shots can spawn indecision with the multi-tiered greens that would make Donald Ross proud.

I am used to difficult green complexes, having played a dizzying number of rounds on the RTJ Trail, of which daunting greens are a hallmark. These are different though. You will find yourself in some difficult spots on the greens. The slopes are sharp and demand precision to avoid three-putts. Still, they will be inevitable. The Tif-eagle Bermuda greens are very soft, receptive and grainy. The green complexes allow for holes to play dramatically different day-to-day due to the varying pinnable locations, which can completely alter the way a hole is played. That is a good design element.

Chipping and pitching can be confounding around the greens. There is either thick, deep Bermuda rough, or closely-mown shaved areas - no in between. Combined with the severity of the putting surfaces, getting up and down can be a chore. There are no easy pars here.

The slope from the blue member's tees that are listed at 6,507 yards is a toothy 140, with a course rating of 71.3. I found that the course felt like it played shorter than the listed yardage due to the elevation change. The back tees play 6,906. Don't be fooled by the sub-7,000 tips though. This course has fangs.

I felt like the course's strength were the collection of par 5s. All provided excellent movement and each had unique challenges. The par 3s were no pushover either. Only the third hole played under 150 yards.

Carts are equipped with GPS. Course is not walkable because it has a massive footprint and has extremely long uphill climbs between several greens and subsequent tees. The $32 twilight rate with cart after 2:30 pm is one of the best values in the state when you compare it to other courses in the area.

Bottom line: If in the Birmingham or Montgomery areas, find a way to put Stillwaters on your itinerary. At two hours south of Birmingham, it lies midway between FarmLinks in Sylacauga and the RTJ Trail's Grand National site in Opelika. That is four tremendous rounds within an hour's drive.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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