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Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 71
Length 6745 yards
Slope 126
Rating 72.3

Course Details

Year Built 2002
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jerry Pate (2002)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes, major credit cards
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper dress code. No Jeans/ t-shirts.

Reviews

4.1
8 Reviews (8)
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
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5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Good Day

Course was in good shape. Greens were also in good shape. Pin placements on some holes were ridiculous.
But over all a very nice course. Would play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
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

Excellent option to build around Trail trip

Timberline is in excellent shape and is a solid option to fill in any gaps on an RTJ Trail pilgrimage, especially when moving south from Birmingham to Prattville or Opelika.

Timberline is still one of the higher end public options in metro Birmingham, but the layout and conditioning warrants it.

Greens were quick and grain heavily influenced putts. Sand in the bunkers were good.

Excellent practice areas, with plenty of room.

Course was not crowded early on a Monday morning.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Unforgivably Slow

I have played enough golf to understand that, sometimes, things are just going to be slow. Beautiful day, course is full, play just naturally slows down. Not sure I’ve ever really understood exactly why it happens, but it does and I accept that.

What happened today at Timberline, there was no legitimate excuse. Now, we were a twosome so I fully expected to have to wait a little bit for threesomes and foursomes in front of us.

What I DID NOT expect, and CAN NOT accept, was the group of seven guys playing two groups in front of us. Yes, you heard me right.....seven. Behind them, and directly in front of us, was a group of ten people. Only four women were playing, but the sheer size of the entourage was distracting. Plus, on almost every tee box, some of the players hit multiple tee shots.

Finally, behind us were two young boys. Very good players. What I assume to be the parents of one or both of them, were riding in a Carr, watching them play. On its face, not a problem. But the parents constantly drive up to where we were, Be it inthe fairway, or on the green, to watch the boys’ shots come in. Only problem is that it was another major annoyance, to have someone drive up and park near you when preparing to make a shot. They were either oblivious, or simply didn’t care. Either way, very rude.

Finally, in an attempt to address the log jam and cluster of humanity moving so tediously slowly in the two groups ahead of us, I called the pro shop. A Marshall came out, never talked to us, and obviously never addressed the issue because it continued through 18.

Wanted to talk to someone in the Peo Shop when we finished. Nobody there.

My observation is that this is a members dominated track (it is a semi-private course) and that there are NO RULES for members.

I’m absolutely certain the folks at Timberline couldn’t possibly care less that I’ll never go there to play again, but I thought I’d share my experience with those contemplating weekend play there.

Too bad, really not a bad course. In fact, other than being extremely dry and basically hitting off hard pan fairways all day, it’s got a lot of character and some very pretty golf holes.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Alabama course. Better than many RTJ Trail.

Very pleasantly surprised by this course. Seen it many times driving past on I-65 and finally made a tee time when visiting family in Vestavia (south Birmingham). Great value at $62.00 on a Saturday. NOT CROWDED AT ALL and it was a 75 degree day in May!!! We were a twosome and never ran up on anyone or had pressure from behind. Greens were excellent and very fast, but consistent. Decent topography and elevation changes so its not boring yet not ridiculous like Oxmoor RTJ. Very fair course but a couple holes you'll wish you teed with a different club. Not a big deal. I'll definitely play again. Only 25 minutes from Hoover/Vestavia. Easy drive and right off the freeway so easy access. I also like Bent Brook over in Bessemer but I'd play this ten times before playing Bent Brook (all things being equal).

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Timberline holds on in crowded public market

Timberline is an upscale public facility south of downtown. It is a rolling layout through hardwoods and an adjoining neighborhood. The strength of this course is its excellent collection of par 3s. The second hole is very short, but the other three one-shotters play long and downhill. Excellent drivers of the ball will fare well here. The fairways are very generous, but accuracy is still required as Jerry Pate employs numerous fairway bunkers to catch stray shots. The greens are very undulating, utilizing multiple plateaus, and harsh slopes can gather balls and leave long putts. The speed of the greens were consistent. Downhill putts rolled out a bit more than I expected, while uphill putts needed to be struck firm. The fairways were dormant but lies were mostly a non-issue. Generally, this course doesn't drain well after heavy rains and it was a bit muddy in spots, but not unusual for March. There are elevation changes throughout, and some of the best holes require somewhat blind approaches to elevated greens, like the brawny par-4 fourth, the short, driveable fifth, par-4 ninth, short par-5 15th, and par-4 16th. Joe Carusi and his staff do a nice job in a very crowded public golf marketplace. The practice facility is second to none.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

Disappointed

I have loved this course in the past. This weekend, however, I was disappointed. We had our tour championship there, and recent rains left the course wet. The bunkers were hard and caked, and were not raked once during the entire weekend. This is very disappointing for a course like this.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Excellent Course & Great Staff

The first comment I'd like to make is that the staff at Timberline is TOP NOTCH. Have played this course since moving to the area in '05 and have never been disappointed in how either myself or the group I've played with has been treated. As for the course itself, it is conveniently located along I-65 at exit 228 and is in easy driving distance of both Birmingham and Montgomery. As for the course itself, it is maintained superbly. With numerous creeks running through the course, rainy weather does effect it in the lower areas. It is a position course with numerous elevation changes and does require a degree of accuracy and local knowledge for shot position. The greens normally run fast and true. Excellent practice area. If passing by the area, I would definitely recommend one to stop and play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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