Golf Digest’s Top-Ranked Courses in Alabama
A Mountain Brook, Alabama resident, James Dixon works as managing partner of Stifel Nicolaus & Company and holds Series 7, 8, 63, and 65 licenses. Outside of his professional pursuits, James Dixon enjoys golfing in Birmingham, Mountain Brook, and other locations throughout Alabama.
Every year, Golf Digest releases its updated America’s 100 Greatest Courses rankings and, in doing so, compiles a list of the best courses in each state. The 2017 list for Alabama remained relatively similar to the year prior, with Shoal Creek, Country Club of Birmingham, and The Ledges Country Club in Huntsville ranking first, second, and third, respectively. Shoal Creek, which made Golf Digest’s America’s Second 100 Greatest list, was designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1977. The 7,154-yard course has since hosted Professional Golfers’ Association Championships in 1984 and 1990, as well as the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur. It’s also slated to host the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open.
The biggest change to Golf Digest’s Alabama list is the inclusion of Kiva Dunes Golf Course, which comes in at №5 after being outside of the top 10 a year ago. Additionally, the Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club moved up from №7 to №4, while both the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill and Grand National dropped in the rankings. Vestavia Hill’s Old Overton Club experienced the biggest drop, falling from №5 to №8.