Cotton Creek at The Craft Farms Resort in Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA | GolfPass
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4.4
83 Reviews (83)
5 Stars
44
4 Stars
25
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
90.0%
Recommend this course
70 out of 83 reviews
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4.5
24 Reviews (24)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.8%
Recommend this course
23 out of 24 reviews
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4.5
36 Reviews (36)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
97.2%
Recommend this course
35 out of 36 reviews
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Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7127 yards
Slope 133
Rating 73.3
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Craft Farms - Cotton Creek
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Course Details

Year Built 1987
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arnold Palmer (1987) Ed Seay (1987)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
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 VISA, MasterCard, Amex Accepted
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Alabama (2021 #20)

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4.4
83 Reviews (83)
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Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
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4.0
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Perfect weather
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A challenging but fair course. Slightly harder than Cypress. Great layout and mix of distances/challenges from hole to hole. Craft Farms has become our favorite location to play in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

not what i expected for high price reg playing

i would not pay no more then 50.00 to play this course i haven not played cyrprus courst yet

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 47
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Mississippi Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

This is Craft Farms' Better Half

Cotton Creek may pose a slightly stiffer challenge than does Cypress Bend, but I felt like it also has more character. There are a couple of forced carries and opportunities to bite off doglegs that keep things fun deep into the round. Conditions were great, other than a couple of bunkers that needed some attention from the grounds crew. The greens are challenging but fair...there are plenty of breaks, but you can see them, and the surfaces are graciously consistent.

The course was absolutely packed, though, so pace of play was a real issue. And even though I've played there several times, I still feel like Craft Farms is a little overpriced (although that could be said of pretty much every course in the Gulf Shores area). Craft Farms is still the third-best golf facility on the Alabama coast behind Kiva Dunes and Peninsula, yet their greens fees remain very high.

Later this summer, Craft Farms is going to bump up its greens fees back to spring levels (presumably to coincide with Kiva Dunes' closure and renovation). Craft Farms will remain a solid go-to option, but if its greens fees are right in line with Peninsula, then Peninsula will be the better bet.

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