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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 72
Length 6451 yards
Slope 127
Rating 70.9

Course Details

Year Built 1980
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Jackson

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

Available Activities

Swimming

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.2
52 Reviews (52)
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Reviews 215
Handicap 5-9
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Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Alabama's Best Kept Golf Secret

I recently had the opportunity to visit TP Country Club and play the course with Barry McGriff, whose family built and owns the course. As we played our way around the course, Barry gave me some of the history of the course and shared some interesting stories.

It was Barry’s father Bert McGriff, who originally bought the land and built the course back in the early 1980s. I met Bert at lunch that day and he strikes me as a man who doesn’t half-do things. With Barry, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the family tree and owning and managing a golf course wasn’t going to be any different.

Back in the 1980s, the nearby Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail had just opened and Bert decided to contact Jones about building his new course. Unfortunately, RTJ wanted an unseemly amount of money just to sit down and discuss the matter and Bert would not bite. Instead, he was put in contact with Tom Jackson who had spent his early years in golf design under the tutelage of Robert Trent Jones. A deal was struck with Jackson and Carter Golf Construction – builders of many of the RTJ Trail courses - was contracted to do the actual shaping and construction. Seeing the finished product for myself, I can honestly say that Jackson and Carter have created a masterpiece!

TP stands for Terri Pines, named after one of Barry’s sisters. As Barry tells it, they were in a hurry to get a name for the course for registration purposes. With all of the pine trees on the property, it was pretty much a given that “Pine” would be in the name. In an effort to give the course a sense of family, Bert thought using one of the kids’ names might be a good idea. As Barry tells it “Barry Pines just didn’t have the right ring to it, nor did Charlie Pines (Barry’s brother). Cherri –Barry’s other sister – was an option but they opted for Terri Pines.”

Pines is the operative word on the golf course as pine trees are scattered throughout the property and come into play on just about every hole. TP sits perched atop the highest point in the county, providing beautiful vistas along with some of Alabama’s best golf. TPCC is known for its meticulously-maintained fairways and bent grass greens with many elevation changes that will challenge every level of golfer.

TP Country Club is located in Cullman, AL, a mere 45-minute drive from either Birmingham or Huntsville. TPCC is the best-kept golf secret in Cullman County and definitely worth the drive. Whether you are just learning or live for the game, TP Country Club is a course that can be enjoyed by all. From the back tees, TP Country Club plays 6,451 yards with a course rating of 70.6 and a slope of 134. This may sound long for many golfers but for a club that is trying to gain attention and attract some minor pro tournaments, 6.451 comes up just a tad short. To host a pro tournament, the course must play closer to 6,500 yards. TP Country Club was determined to reach that 6,500-yard mark so a couple of holes were lengthened, most notably the 18th. Under the direction of McGriff, Director of Golf John Hunt, and Golf Course Superintendent Benny Bohanon, a manmade island and bridge were built in the pond behind the 18th tee box, stretching the finishing hole from 503 to 544 yards. These alterations go a long way in making the hole more challenging, not that it was a pushover before by any stretch of the imagination. This new tee box brings the water that crosses the fairway into play for a lot more players. Longball hitters will need to be careful of the tee while the rest of us need to be cautious with our layups. Unless you plan to get on the green in two, you’ll be facing a steep uphill approach shot to a fairly small green. Par is a respectable score to end your round.

Number 7 is another interesting hole and the course’s #1 handicap. It plays 350 yards and for most players, takes driver out of your hand off the tee. That’s because there’s a large hill – aka falloff, aka cliff – about 220 yards out, just past the dogleg left. Hit it too far and you’ll either not find your ball or be in the water, which is essentially losing a ball! Trees on either side of the fairway place a premium on accuracy. A good tee shot will leave a mid to long iron downhill into a wide, shallow green with a large pond in front. Finish the hole with the same ball and you’ve probably scored well!.

TPCC has some of the best practice facilities around, in fact, it’s not unusual to see several players on the range doing nothing but practicing. TP’s practice facilities include a 25 bay full-length driving range, a practice putting green, and a chipping green. You can work on all facets of your game.

Once you’ve worked up a good appetite on the course, stop by the TP Grille or relax on the patio with your favorite refreshments and enjoy some delicious home cooking. The TP Grille doesn’t serve up your typical clubhouse food. While they do serve up some of the best burgers and sandwiches in Cullman County, they also have some unique dishes like Bert’s Shrimp, spicy, batter-dipped shrimp served over a bed of Asian salad. At 5 pm the Dinner Menu kicks in on Thursday and Friday nights, and changes often so you’ll want to keep coming back. Whatever menu item you choose, you’re sure to be satisfied and not leave hungry. The friendly and highly competent staff will see to it!

TP Country Club’s Golf Shop is a great place to stock up on some logoed golf apparel, hats, and golf balls as well as any accessories you’ll need such as gloves, shoes, and balls. They offer a full line of current merchandise and supplies as well as club cleaning and club repair. Lockers are available for a small annual fee. Whether you’re new to the game or looking to fine-tune it, clinics and private lessons are available year-round and can be scheduled by calling the pro shop.

Becoming a member of a club means different things to different people. For some members, it’s a round of golf for casual or business purposes, for others it’s a swim in the pool or a set of tennis. Regardless of what your preferences are, TP Country Club has something for everyone, young and old, singles and families. Regular Club members are entitled to everything TPCC has to offer with no greens fees – just a nominal cart fee. Social members have access to everything, with a one-round a month limit on golf. Junior I and Junior II memberships afford Juniors 21 – 29 (I) and 30 – 35 (II) all the same privileges of a Regular Membership, as do senior members age 65 – 75 and their spouses. If you’re at least 76 years of age and still playing golf, you not only deserve my highest praise, TP Country Club will give you a special membership rate! As a Club House Member, you have full use of the Club’s dining area and the 19th hole.

You don’t have to live in Cullman County to be a member of the TP Country Club. As a Non-Resident or Out of State Member, you’ll have full access to all Club amenities. All dues are billed annually and all memberships require a small initiation fee. As a member of TP Country Club, you’re automatically a member of the County Club Network, allowing you to play at five other private clubs once per month with no green fees. TPCC members are also eligible to play in the club’s full schedule of tournaments and outings, whether it’s for the fun of it or the thrill of competition.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 215
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Alabama's Best Kept Golf Secret

I recently had the opportunity to visit TP Country Club and play the course with Barry McGriff, whose family built and owns the course. As we played our way around the course, Barry gave me some of the history of the course and shared some interesting stories.

It was Barry’s father Bert McGriff, who originally bought the land and built the course back in the early 1980s. I met Bert at lunch that day and he strikes me as a man who doesn’t half-do things. With Barry, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the family tree and owning and managing a golf course wasn’t going to be any different.

Back in the 1980s, the nearby Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail had just opened and Bert decided to contact Jones about building his new course. Unfortunately, RTJ wanted an unseemly amount of money just to sit down and discuss the matter and Bert would not bite. Instead, he was put in contact with Tom Jackson who had spent his early years in golf design under the tutelage of Robert Trent Jones. A deal was struck with Jackson and Carter Golf Construction – builders of many of the RTJ Trail courses - was contracted to do the actual shaping and construction. Seeing the finished product for myself, I can honestly say that Jackson and Carter have created a masterpiece!

TP stands for Terri Pines, named after one of Barry’s sisters. As Barry tells it, they were in a hurry to get a name for the course for registration purposes. With all of the pine trees on the property, it was pretty much a given that “Pine” would be in the name. In an effort to give the course a sense of family, Bert thought using one of the kids’ names might be a good idea. As Barry tells it “Barry Pines just didn’t have the right ring to it, nor did Charlie Pines (Barry’s brother). Cherri –Barry’s other sister – was an option but they opted for Terri Pines.”

Pines is the operative word on the golf course as pine trees are scattered throughout the property and come into play on just about every hole. TP sits perched atop the highest point in the county, providing beautiful vistas along with some of Alabama’s best golf. TPCC is known for its meticulously-maintained fairways and bent grass greens with many elevation changes that will challenge every level of golfer.

TP Country Club is located in Cullman, AL, a mere 45-minute drive from either Birmingham or Huntsville. TPCC is the best-kept golf secret in Cullman County and definitely worth the drive. Whether you are just learning or live for the game, TP Country Club is a course that can be enjoyed by all. From the back tees, TP Country Club plays 6,451 yards with a course rating of 70.6 and a slope of 134. This may sound long for many golfers but for a club that is trying to gain attention and attract some minor pro tournaments, 6.451 comes up just a tad short. To host a pro tournament, the course must play closer to 6,500 yards. TP Country Club was determined to reach that 6,500-yard mark so a couple of holes were lengthened, most notably the 18th. Under the direction of McGriff, Director of Golf John Hunt, and Golf Course Superintendent Benny Bohanon, a manmade island and bridge were built in the pond behind the 18th tee box, stretching the finishing hole from 503 to 544 yards. These alterations go a long way in making the hole more challenging, not that it was a pushover before by any stretch of the imagination. This new tee box brings the water that crosses the fairway into play for a lot more players. Longball hitters will need to be careful of the tee while the rest of us need to be cautious with our layups. Unless you plan to get on the green in two, you’ll be facing a steep uphill approach shot to a fairly small green. Par is a respectable score to end your round.

Number 7 is another interesting hole and the course’s #1 handicap. It plays 350 yards and for most players, takes driver out of your hand off the tee. That’s because there’s a large hill – aka falloff, aka cliff – about 220 yards out, just past the dogleg left. Hit it too far and you’ll either not find your ball or be in the water, which is essentially losing a ball! Trees on either side of the fairway place a premium on accuracy. A good tee shot will leave a mid to long iron downhill into a wide, shallow green with a large pond in front. Finish the hole with the same ball and you’ve probably scored well!.

TPCC has some of the best practice facilities around, in fact, it’s not unusual to see several players on the range doing nothing but practicing. TP’s practice facilities include a 25 bay full-length driving range, a practice putting green, and a chipping green. You can work on all facets of your game.

Once you’ve worked up a good appetite on the course, stop by the TP Grille or relax on the patio with your favorite refreshments and enjoy some delicious home cooking. The TP Grille doesn’t serve up your typical clubhouse food. While they do serve up some of the best burgers and sandwiches in Cullman County, they also have some unique dishes like Bert’s Shrimp, spicy, batter-dipped shrimp served over a bed of Asian salad. At 5 pm the Dinner Menu kicks in on Thursday and Friday nights, and changes often so you’ll want to keep coming back. Whatever menu item you choose, you’re sure to be satisfied and not leave hungry. The friendly and highly competent staff will see to it!

TP Country Club’s Golf Shop is a great place to stock up on some logoed golf apparel, hats, and golf balls as well as any accessories you’ll need such as gloves, shoes, and balls. They offer a full line of current merchandise and supplies as well as club cleaning and club repair. Lockers are available for a small annual fee. Whether you’re new to the game or looking to fine-tune it, clinics and private lessons are available year-round and can be scheduled by calling the pro shop.

Becoming a member of a club means different things to different people. For some members, it’s a round of golf for casual or business purposes, for others it’s a swim in the pool or a set of tennis. Regardless of what your preferences are, TP Country Club has something for everyone, young and old, singles and families. Regular Club members are entitled to everything TPCC has to offer with no greens fees – just a nominal cart fee. Social members have access to everything, with a one-round a month limit on golf. Junior I and Junior II memberships afford Juniors 21 – 29 (I) and 30 – 35 (II) all the same privileges of a Regular Membership, as do senior members age 65 – 75 and their spouses. If you’re at least 76 years of age and still playing golf, you not only deserve my highest praise, TP Country Club will give you a special membership rate! As a Club House Member, you have full use of the Club’s dining area and the 19th hole.

You don’t have to live in Cullman County to be a member of the TP Country Club. As a Non-Resident or Out of State Member, you’ll have full access to all Club amenities. All dues are billed annually and all memberships require a small initiation fee. As a member of TP Country Club, you’re automatically a member of the County Club Network, allowing you to play at five other private clubs once per month with no green fees. TPCC members are also eligible to play in the club’s full schedule of tournaments and outings, whether it’s for the fun of it or the thrill of competition.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

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TP Country Club is no longer accepting GolfNow vouchers

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

As good as it gets.

Course provided an excellent presentation of golf of the highest caliber even though we have just experienced about six weeks of drought. Beautiful views and elevation changes abound with pristine greens. Also had the friendliest clubhouse and grounds staff you could ever encounter.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

John f

Played like crap. Want a refund. Just kidding Course was awesome. Loved it. Will definitely play again and again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Well worth the drive

This was my first time playing this course and I drove better than an hour to get there but it won’t be my last. The course was in very good condition, especially considering the hot dry weather we have been having recently. Management obviously takes a lot of pride in caring for this course. The folks in the golf shop were very friendly and helpful too.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course is in excellent condition

One of the best courses I’ve played so far this season. I recommend everyone to play TP Country Club, you won’t be disappointed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Terri pines golf

This is a shot maker's course lots of trees and very up and down local knowledge is very helpful .overall a very good but challanging course

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 77
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Course is in good shape for April. It played very long from the back tees because the course was very soft from all the recent rains. There was absolutely no roll in the fairways, but the greens were firm. That was an interesting combination. The only negative was the sand traps. They need work which is fairly commonplace in this area. Also, the cart paths need some work in numerous spots through out the golf course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

An up and down round

Like hills? Trees? Water? Well then, this is your course! Narrow fairways, plenty of elevation change on most every hole, and enough water to keep it interesting. Unless you're training for an iron man type event, you won't be walking this course. It was in decent, spring shape. If you like to challenge yourself to hitting it to a specific target, this is a good choice. It's fun and challenging. Give it a try sometime!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice layout, friendly staff and very easy to get to from I65

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 77
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Beautiful Fall Day

Course is in excellent shape. Great course design. Great price through Golfnow VIP program.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Hidden Gem

Other than a few strange layout challenges with lack of signage on where to go, this was a nice course. Very well maintained and the staff was the nicest I have ever encountered. The cart paths and a few other things could use work, but this course is definitely worth the drive.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Hidden Gem Conveniently Located

Gorgeous course nestled in convenient spot rite off I65. Seems short but elevation changes correct that stance. Challenging layout that tests all with great maintenance, just don’t miss your spots. Super friendly staff and good space with amenities. Will be back

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 77
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Beautiful Day

Course is in very good condition except for some of the sand traps. It is a well designed golf course with some very intimidating shots.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course is in great condition

Greens are great fairways are nice its a shot makers course very tight and hilly

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Inept Staff

Had a tee time at 2:32. The guy running the tee sheet asked if I was an online book, I say yes at 2:32 (I was on premises at 1:45). He says I got you for 2:56. Meanwhile at 2:32 the group I was supposed to play in gets to go off on time without me because the guy refused to think he was wrong. Offered me a free small bag of range balls while I wait.....thanks I guess..
Just a cluster *#%^ from there. Ended up behind a 5SOME as a single player..borrring. I ended up only playing 12 holes and left because it was already 6pm. Also, guy never even tried to apologize. Guy turned his nose up n walked to the snack bar like "you can't tell me a thing. I know all.." I guess new guests are no kind of priority to this place. Greens were on point tho.

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