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4.7
Value
4.6
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.9
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
98.5%
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4.8
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4.8
Value
4.4
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.8
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4.8
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4.9
42 Reviews (42)
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Conditions
4.8
Value
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Layout
4.9
Pace
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4.8
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Par 72
Length 7444 yards
Slope 141
Rating 76.3
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FarmLinks at Pursell Farms
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Course Details

Year Built 2003
Fairways Tifaway 419 Grass
Greens T1 Bentgrass Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan (2003) Dana Fry (2003)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes - 6 (bunker guarded) greens at varying distances
Golf School Academy Yes - "FarmLinks Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Available Facilities

Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Available Activities

Hunting

Accolades

Reviews

4.8
128 Reviews (128)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Amazing Food 12
Drinks 12
Brunch 9
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 23
Bunkers 20
Water Hazards 15
This course/club is great for:
Entertaining Clients 24
Advanced Golfers 23
Group Getaways 23
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 26

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Skill Intermediate
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4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Awesome

I would pay the money to play this course. It’s worth every penny

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 5
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
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5.0
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Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
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4.0
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Fun course

Great course and facility. Staff is very friendly and welcoming. I rated the course as 4 star due to the poor condition of sand traps. I was surprised at the lack of sand and washed out condition. Of the traps.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 5
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Plays A few times a week
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5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
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5.0
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Previously Played

They Know what they’re doing here

Just played today and I was put together with two other players. Pretty full roster of players but pace of play was really good. I didn’t wait more than 2 minutes at any time today and we were sandwiched between two foursomes. The conditions here are second to none on this meticulously maintained course. A real showplace of greens and predictable speed of greens. Cant recommend more highly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 10-14
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Plays Once a week
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
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5.0
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First Time Playing

Amazing Condition

Beautiful presentation of golf on a great piece of land with elevation changes. Enough said.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course

This is a great place for a guy trip. We rented one of the cabins for a weekend and it is top notch. This was our second trip. Expensive all around so be prepared. The course quality is awesome. The fairways were incredible. Very tight cut. Greens were true. Covid did takeaway from the overall service because there was less interaction with staff this year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
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5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Golly!

The late Jim Nabor's golf course lived up to its advance billing. The fairways are wide open and as good as any I've ever played. Hardly any rough to speak of...maybe in rough once all day. Sand traps are strategically placed so you just can't bomb away all day.

Greens were a little slower than what I am used to, so I had a hard time getting downhill putts to the hole. Other than that, they were in great shape.

The par 3's were great and the signature #5 maybe the weakest of the bunch as the 175 foot fall makes it a little gimmicky for my tastes. #18 a great finishing Par 5 and #6 is a true Par 4 1/2---something every course should have.

My only complaint is that the range was beat up. With all the land that is available, please put in more hitting areas.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Play it

Great course and beautiful tee to green. People need to quit being lazy and replace their ball marks.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Superb Course Conditions

I have a few buddies that made the trip from ATL to play the course. They all said gave the same response when i asked them about their experience, "YOU HAVE TO GET OUT THERE". I finally had an opportunity to see what the hype was all about and it didn't disappoint! The clubhouse overlooks the 18th & a massive practice facility. I arrived in plenty of time to check in with the proshop and hit a few balls to warm up. I would definitely recommend getting there early enough to check out the practice areas as it gives you a preview of how plush & tightly mowed the fairways on the course will be. The bent greens rolled true but were alot slower than what i'm used to putting on at my home course. The layout is super forgiving off the tee(BOMBERS PARADISE) but there are a few holes out there you can take on trouble to shorten and create a better angle on your approach shot. The view on the teebox at #5 is unbelievable and #12 is a fun driveable par 4 and a good shot at birdie/eagle. The conditions from tee to green were spectacular! Will definitely be returning!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pursell Farms is Grand

Great time playing golf. Beautiful grounds surrounding the course. Wide fairways and manicured grass. So much fun!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Well worth the drive (4 1/2 hrs)

Great course.. When I called, the person on the phone said the greens were perfect. He wasn't kidding. To see greens that perfect this time of year is a testament to the greens keepers. Great job guys. Keep up the good work. It doesn't go unnoticed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A must play course.

Don't pass up an opportunity to play at this wonderful course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great experience

Treated very well course well laid out challenging but still forgiving two picturesque par threes

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 65
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Tennessee Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Used cart

Well worth playing but not a perfect course

The course is located about 1 hour from Birmingham on the grounds of a lovely resort (with more to do than just golf). The course is very well maintained as it showcases grass varieties and fertilizer made famous by the namesake owner, Jimmy Pursell and family. It is a pleasant design with wide fairways (some are easily 50-70 yards wide) on many holes. Standing on the tee of the 1st and 10th holes, for example, I can't imagine how you could miss the fairways-they are that wide.

The course has two very dramatic par 3 holes-the 5th and 17th. The 5th has a sizeable drop (see the photo) and the 17th has a smaller drop but is all carry over water. All the par 3 holes has signs designating the distance using laser and slope reading, so it takes the guess work out of distance decisions.

The greens are bent grass and even in late February, they rolled true and were in nice shape. But despite all the hype it gets in these reviews, there are some drawbacks.

First, the bunkering is simply penal on almost every hole. Both the fairway and greenside bunkers have high lips which makes getting out very difficult, especially from the fairways. Now I don't mind a few penal bunkers where getting in will almost certainly cost you more than a stroke, but I can recall only a few where this wasn't the case. Having some creates a challenge, having too many is downright penal (and no, I am not complaining because I found too many).

Second, the pace of play was awful. On the first day, I had a 4:54 round. I was in a group of 4 behind a group of 5 with two groups of 4 in front of them. I know this because all 4 groups were often found on the same hole-- one on the green, one in the fairway and two on the tee. After a marshal apologized on the 6th hole, then again on the 10th. I never got the impression that they would ask the offenders to allow groups to play through. I played again the next day with a group of 3 and had a pleasant 3:40 round.

The course is well worth a visit but I know for me, it could be so much better. Slow play takes all the fun out a round and caused me to take away one star in the rating.

A few closing words. Excellent practice facilities. Range balls included. Overnight accommodations on-site. Arringtons is a great meal.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Never disappoints

FarmLinks is a phenomenal place. Practice pitching/chipping area looked like Augusta with the closely-cropped over-seeded rye. Titleist chipping balls were a cut above most courses. Large, smooth putting green. Great pace of play, attentive beverage server, perfect fairways (though damp from recent rains and therefore cart path only). The only disappointment was with the bunkers. Many appeared to have been washed out and were not groomed. This is uncharacteristic of FarmLinks and I suspect only a temporary condition driven by the weather. Great experience overall.

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