Best of 2016: Top 15 golf courses in Alabama

There's been no better state for football than Alabama in recent years, but the golf scene has also held its own nationally among the top-rated courses on Golf Advisor. Two courses made the top 10 U.S. Courses in 2016 according to Golf Advisor reviews.

The state's golf offerings feature a collection of fine local courses, plus some of the top bargain destinations in the southeast. Gulf Shores is a favorite getaway in the fall and spring months. Meanwhile the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is known nationally for excellent value and high-caliber tournament facilities. The top 15, gathered using your ratings and reviews from 2016, showcases a mix of these golf experiences.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

Don't see your favorite Alabama golf course? You can make your voice heard by writing a review here.

Top courses by subcategory in Alabama in 2016

Course layout: FarmLinks Golf Club
Course conditions: Kiva Dunes Golf Club
Value: Azalea City Golf Club
Off-course amenities: FarmLinks Golf Club
Pace of play: Cider Ridge Golf Club
Staff friendliness: Kiva Dunes Golf Club

Top 15 courses in Alabama in 2016

Mobile


Rogersville


Oneonta


Cullman


Gadsden


Scottsboro


Oxford


Scottsboro


Flat Rock


Gulf Shores


Guntersville


Union Grove


Birmingham


Sylacauga
No. 7 in the U.S. in 2016


Gulf Shores
No. 4 in the U.S. in 2016


Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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