Pursell Farms, located between Auburn and Birmingham, Alabama and just two hours from Atlanta is known for its award winning 7,444 yard championship golf course. On a recent visit to the boutique family owned and operated resort, my husband had the opportunity to play the course.
The FarmLinks course has been ranked the number-one public golf course in Alabama every year since 2013 in Golfweek’s Best courses you can play. On the Pursell Farms website they have a course preview, but here are some unfiltered notes from my husband on what you need to know to plan for your day on the links. Here is a link to our post on Pursell Farms.
Golf Course Notes for Pursell Farms
- The ball sits up nicely on the fairways. The ground underneath is soft so you can take nice divots. The club turf interaction is great, the club goes through the turf very smoothly.
- The rough is a Bermuda grass. It’s not too deep so you can find your ball but it’s still challenging since the ball sits down.
- There are large receptive greens with dense grass which hold shots extremely well. There are very subtle brakes on 10-ft putts making it challenging. The greens do not have too much undulation.
- The bunkers are strategically placed, not too many but there are a number. The sand is very fine and soft and can lead to buried lies. Some of the bunkers are very deep. Generally avoid them.
- The fairways are plenty wide. There are no blind shots so previous course knowledge is not required EXCEPT for the par 3’s.
- There are not many trees. The fairways are defined by natural grass areas. There are some holes where you have to carry natural grass areas to make it to the fairway. Most of those tee shots can be avoided if you play the shorter tees.
- Bring extra balls. No need to look for a ball that makes it into the natural grass. Not only could I not find my ball, I didn’t find any balls on the entire course.
- The course is very long and I played a few days after heavy rains so there was not much roll. The back tees play 7,400; next 7,000; 6,500; 5,900 and 5,250.
- A unique feature is the number of grass types on display. With a history based in fertilizer, they have many different grass varieties. The fairways, greens and rough are all consistent. Tee boxes and areas around the greens that don’t really come into play have varieties like the one on the face of a bunker that barely grows.
- Walking is an option if they are not crowded. DO NOT walk the front nine. Lots of distance between green to tees and a few special holes are a real hike.
- Save your mulligan for the Par threes. The front side par threes are both cliff shots and one on the back. These are not my favorite especially on a resort course that you have never played. Plan on taking a couple of shots and have fun with it. Both are very long but the drop is a long way. The first one has little room for error with a large sleeping green. Impossible to judge distance. The par three on Hole 17 is another cliff shot over a lake. Again, hard to judge distance and little room for error.
- Food and Beverage. The food is really good. Burgers, dogs, sandwiches with a side that includes a choice of homemade potato chips. Resort prices apply but not too bad. Domestics $5/Import $6. No personal coolers allowed but they do provide a cooler with ice.
Disclosure: Thank you to Pursell Farms for hosting us. Opinions here are our own, as always …we only recommend places we love to visit.
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- Course Notes on Pursell Farms FarmLinks Golf Course - September 30, 2020