FarmLinks at Pursell Farms

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4.8
79
5 Stars
64
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.9
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.8
99.8%
Recommend this course
78 out of 79 reviews
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5.0
6
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.8
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
Recommend this course
6 out of 6 reviews
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4.9
10
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.9
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.9
StaffFriendliness
4.9
100.0%
Recommend this course
10 out of 10 reviews
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Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7444
Slope 140
Rating 75.5
Type Public/Resort
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FarmLinks at Pursell Farms
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Longhorn 72 7444 yards 75.5 140
Copperhead 72 6970 yards 72.8 130
Whitetail 72 6457 yards 70.3 125
Bobcat 72 5919 yards 67.1 114
Quail 72 5250 yards 69.7 124
Scorecard for FarmLinks
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Longhorn M: 76.3/141 576 422 365 478 210 532 428 254 458 3723 547 433 488 381 444 228 388 196 616 3721 7444
Copperhead M: 73.0/131 554 395 339 445 192 500 402 239 436 3502 520 412 443 354 412 204 360 173 590 3468 6970
Whitetail M: 70.7/129 502 365 303 426 172 474 370 220 405 3237 486 385 419 323 381 180 338 145 563 3220 6457
Bobcat M: 67.1/114 458 333 274 394 151 448 334 209 368 2969 456 350 391 299 349 157 301 118 529 2950 5919
Quail M: 64.5/106 W: 69.7/124 447 292 237 344 136 415 296 145 337 2649 432 320 337 248 315 103 244 118 484 2601 5250
Handicap 15 9 13 1 7 17 11 5 3 14 6 2 18 4 10 12 16 8
Par 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 36 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 7 11 13 1 9 15 5 17 3 10 4 2 12 8 18 16 14 6

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

Best of Lists

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Friendliest Courses in the U.S. (2016 #7)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Courses for Layout in the U.S. (2016 #25)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Alabama (2017 #4) (2016 #2) (2015 #1)
  • Golf Advisor: Best of Golf Advisor (2016 #7) (2015 #7)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Course Conditions in the U.S. (2015 #25)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Off-course amenities in the U.S. (2017 #8) (2016 #7) (2015 #4)

Reviews

4.8
79

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Amazing Food 11
Drinks 11
Brunch 8
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 22
Bunkers 19
Water Hazards 14
This course/club is great for:
Entertaining Clients 23
Advanced Golfers 22
Group Getaways 22
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 25
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5.0
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Awesome course

Course was well worth. The money. Pace of play was a little slow but ok.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Never Disappoints

Farmlinks is such a treat. Excellent conditioning, great staff, resort style amenities, everything you'd want for a less than premium price. The best part though is the design and playability of the layout. Width off the tee puts you in a positive frame of mind on every tee box. This course isn't going to kick you in the sack but will still challenge you to make the right shot. Green complexes are diverse enough to reward good shots and eject bad ones. I love it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Unbelievable

My friends encouraged me to travel to Sylacauga Al and play Farmlinks. It is more than advertised. Manicured rough, fairways were perfect, greens terrific. The course is a Norman Rockwell of golf courses. Number 5 is more than expected. The attention to service is everywhere. Prepared cups of water, Granny Smith apples, watermelon slices on the course. Wide fairways, huge greens..it may be better than Ross Bridge. Well worth the money and trip. We stayed in the Inn and it was very nice.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Gem of a course.

I was first surprised by the high overall quality of the golf course itself in a relatively remote area. The views of the surrounding countryside were breathtaking. Also I was amazed at amount of changes in elevation on several holes.i very much enjoyed my round and will definitely be back again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Chicago Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

FarmLinks at Pursell Farms - True Alabama Hidden Gem

The Good: Pursell Farms is an incredible 3,500 acre facility about an hour southeast of Birmingham. The resort centers around FarmLinks, the 18-hole Hurdzan/Fry golf course that is one of their best public designs in the US. Rugged track with severe elevation, yet extremely fair, this course has some of the most fun Par 5's, strong Par 5's (particularly on the front half), and a Top 3 best foursome of Par 3's that I've ever played. Great course conditions and good, large greens that only have slight undulation. Nice clubhouse that has a small dining area, while there is an extremely nice resort area that has multiple restaurants and lodging options. One of the better driving ranges you'll find at a public course. Excellent staff and great value considering the quality of course.

The Bad: Greens were a little slow and the surrounding complexes weren't in great shape, mostly impacted by a tough winter. Overall the design is fantastic, but some of the Par 4's on the back nine tend to blend in or are too similar. Course had us tee-off on the back nine which was odd.

The Verdict: One of the best hidden gem courses in the country. Undoubtedly should get consideration for Top 100 public lists and worthy of high Alabama state rankings. One of the most fun, fair courses you will ever play.

Best Hole: The Par 3 5th has one of the biggest drops from tee-to-green that I've played. Unfortunately I didn't take enough club...twice.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome

Great course and great practice facility! Awesome staff

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Winter rate one of state's best values

Course had been closed all week due to the moderate winter storm that passed through. Hard to believe there was snow on the ground the day before, because conditions were superb.

There were a few soft spots, but I'm not sure they even needed to be cart-path only, as was the case.

Greens were as good as I've seen them here, another testament to the greenskeeping crew. Still would like to see people do a better job repairing their pitch marks. I fixed two and three additional blemishes on seemingly every green.

Noticed they are clearing a bunch of trees, which opens up some sight lines, particularly on the sixth hole.

The GPS in the cart was on point. The problems with it I had on my last visit here were ironed out.

The pace of play was slower than usual, but I attribute that to a delayed start of tee times to ensure that the course was playable after the week's closure and the balmy 60 degree temps that brought many out to the course.

The $59 winter rate is one of the best deals in the state currently, and includes cart and full use of the range and practice areas before the round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Perfect place to go spend the day. Beautiful golf course, friendly staff awesome facility. I loved it

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

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