Ol' Colony Golf Complex
|Red (W)||72||5035 yards||68.1||117|
|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|
From behind the par-5 14th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Par-4 18th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Par-5 seventh hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Par-3 fourth hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Par-4 ninth hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Par-5 10th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Par-5 14th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Par-3 17th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
Par-4 18th hole Photo submitted by BrandonWebb
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.