Ol' Colony Golf Complex

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3.2
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5 Stars
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4 Stars
1
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.6
Value
2.7
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.0
Amenities
4.2
80.4%
Recommend this course
5 out of 6 reviews
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5.0
1
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1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
5.0
Value
3.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
100.0%
Recommend this course
1 out of 1 reviews
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3.0
3
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
2.7
Layout
4.3
Pace
3.3
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
66.7%
Recommend this course
2 out of 3 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7079
Slope 135
Rating 73.9
Type Municipal
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7079 yards 73.9 135
Blue 72 6562 yards 71.2 134
White 72 5983 yards 68.5 126
Red (W) 72 5035 yards 68.1 117
Scorecard for Ol' Colony Golf Complex
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.9/135 428 310 536 213 470 431 556 203 409 3556 555 397 213 416 513 394 432 186 435 3541 7097
Blue M: 71.2/134 405 295 510 188 380 411 537 176 373 3275 531 370 191 374 477 371 401 169 403 3287 6562
White M: 68.5/126 362 270 466 165 359 371 498 152 348 2991 492 340 161 331 445 344 361 154 364 2992 5983
Red W: 68.1/117 320 253 391 144 329 291 441 132 288 2589 402 304 128 275 412 249 279 113 284 2446 5035
Handicap 11 17 7 13 5 1 9 15 3 6 12 16 10 18 8 2 14 4
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jerry Pate (2000) Wadsworth Golf Construction (2009)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed Not allowed on the weekends
Walking Allowed Yes

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3.2
6
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

What a Great Find

I was driving from SC to TX and decided to take a break. I found this course and was very pleasantly surprised. The track is fun, a bit challenging in places, and really nice aesthetically, with lots of elevation changes and a fair amount of places to get into trouble.

The course conditions overall were very good although there were a few greens and tee boxes that could use attention from being used most often. For a weekday afternoon, the $59. fee seems a bit steep.

The only issue I had was being stuck behind two fivesomes. I played the front 6 before catching up with them and having to wait waiting on 7, 8, and 9. When they saw me waiting on ten and still wouldn't let me play through, rather than waiting behind them, I skipped both groups while they were on 10 and played the rest of the course in about an hour and forty minutes, circling back to play ten.

Two thumbs up for the track. It was a great find on the road.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens softening a bit

First time I've played here in about a year, and I immediately noticed a difference in the greens since I was here last. They have been driveway-hard since the Bermuda surfaces were installed. Today, however, despite being firm, pitch marks were evident and balls would spin. They are grainy and there are some subtle bumps on many of the greens that can produce some maddening ball movement. Reminded me of putting on poa annua.

Course is playing firm and fast. Lots of roll in the fairways.

March special rate of $39 with cart Monday-Thursday is a good value.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Sad. so much potential

This golf course has so much potential. I feel like if it had a better greenskeeper or mowers it could be transformed. The greens were obviously not cut by hand movers and rough had to be tractors. Really grainy greens and the cups were cut horribly and old cups were either raised or depressed all over the green. A little over priced for what i got out of it. The bunkers have way too much sand in them and the fringe is cut way too high an is very spongy. To make things worse during the day, there were 2 5somes that wouldn't let our 3some through and everyone behind them was complaining with us. The course marshals did nothing to help. I feel like all they need to do is overseed the fairways and get a better mower and greenskeeper and someone that knows how to cut and replace cups. Great layout in a great town. Pro shop was friendly.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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
Used cart

Greens are still really firm

Ol' Colony is the home course of the Universuty of Alabama golf teams. It is also home to the area's finest practice facility. A three-sided range, large chipping area and the First Tee's short course area all make for a tremendous place to work on your game. As for the course itself, Jerry Pate did a nice job with the layout. The tips really stretch the course, playing to 7,544 yards. The variety of holes keeps the round interesting. The par 3s are extremely tough, especially on days like today when the wind is really blowing. The exposed holes like Nos. 8, 9, 17 and 18 that play around a small lake were handfuls when it came to club selection. Yet, that's what makes it fun. There is no out-of-bounds on the entire course and the fairways are plenty wide. The course, as expected this time of year, played firm and fast. The transition from dormancy to spring-like conditions was evident. What continues to be this course's biggest handicap is the firmness of the greens. They were changed over to Bermuda several years ago, and though they have softened a bit, they are still very hard. You must allow for some roll-out on most approach shots. What is tricky given the firmness of the greens is that trying to bounce approaches in really don't work because the green side areas are soft. That would be my first tip if playing here for the first time. The green complexes are extremely challenging, rivaling many of the RTJ Trail courses for contour and slope. The greens were a little hairier than I would prefer, but I suspect this is to try and help combat the hardness of the greens. My other tip for first timers? Be aware of the creek that meanders across the fairway on No. 10. It can be in play off the tee down the left side for longer hitters, but will definitely need every player's attention on the second and third shots. Bottom line: this is a good municipal track that plays better in the spring and summer than the fall and winter.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather

Nice public course

Ol' Colony is the best public access course in the Tuscaloosa area. It is a challenging course that is good for all levels. The course is always in good shape. Greens were recently refurbished and are very firm and fast. NCAA men's regional golf tournament was hosted here in 2016.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Alabama perfection

We found this course after being rained out of our choice courses in Alabama and our travel dates had us in Tuscaloosa. We asked about area courses at our hotel since we knew the Alabama teams have had some success recently and were told they played at Ol Colony. So we booked and what a great find.

A beautiful course setting which is very well maintained. A very friendly and helpful staff.

All variety of shots to be made…what you see is what you get but oh what fun all of it was. Not overly long but the greens will make you take notice. Quick and full of little subtle breaks and very undulating. The fairways , rough and bunkers were all equally in great condition and it was a true pleasure playing this course.

One drawback was they do allow fivesomes during the week and walking ones even. We bypassed two sets of them back to back at the turn and came back to finish on number 10. If allowing that many in a group then it should be strongly encouraged to be playing ready golf and showing some etiquette in allowing smaller groups to play through.

That being said we would play this course again if ever in the area and would urge anyone else looking for a gem to play there as well.

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

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$199 Starting price
Valid dates: Oct 19, 2018 - Dec 20, 2018
The package includes overnight accommodations, unlimited rounds of golf for two players, daily American breakfast for two at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar and 10% savings offered at the Golf Shop.
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