Falling For Golf at Pursell Farms
With 3,200 acres of mountains, meadows, and woodlands about to undergo the colorful transformation to fall, now’s the time to get a golf getaway at Pursell Farms on the calendar. There’s more to the golf story at this hidden gem—and a few surprises for the uninitiated.
The 18-hole, 7,444-yard Hurdzan-Fry designed FarmLinks course features a diverse layout and dramatic elevation changes, as evidenced by the resort’s most photographed Par 3 Hang Time, with a 172-ft. vertical drop from the tips to the green. In spite of its challenging course length, FarmLinks is a keenly playable course with open fairways, large greens, wide approaches, and vistas of fall color.
A bit of history clings to a few of the holes, such as the Par 5 Bootlegger, with the remains of Prohibition-era whiskey stills tucked away in the nearby woods; Par 4 DeSoto, named for the breastwork remains from Hernando DeSoto’s encampment when he passed through the area in 1540 on his search for El Dorado and an easy passage to China; and Par 4
Eureka Railroad, for the train tracks that cut through the property at the turn of the 20th century, when tons of pure white marble were tugged out of the area.
Pursell Farms is one of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Resorts; and the FarmLinks course is Golfweek’s “Number One Best Course You Can Play in Alabama” again in 2020, its eighth year of winning the honor, as well as No. 60 of their U.S. Top 100; and named the No. 1 golf course in Alabama and No. 4 of Top 50 Courses in the US by Golf Advisor.
“Golfers commit about a half day playing a round of golf, so we want their experience to be second to none,” said David Pursell, CEO and Co-Founder. “Every detail at FarmLinks is studied to uplift the golf experience. Sometimes a small component makes an unexpected impact, like stocking our driving range with Titleist golf balls instead of the unbranded variety found in so many places.”
E-Z-GO is the Official Golf Car of FarmLinks; guests drive the RXV ELiTE on the course today.
“We take delivery of a new fleet of golf cars every year, so our golfers always enjoy the latest and greatest from E-Z-GO,” said David. “We get great feedback on the golf cars.”
Situated about 45 minutes from Birmingham and under three hours from Atlanta, the resort is an easy drive-to destination for regional golfers, and new golf packages make a fall visit just about irresistible.
“Fall is a great time to play golf at Pursell Farms, especially for golfers who can get away during the week,” said David Pursell.
*The Fall Weekday Golf Package starts at $199 per person double occupancy, and includes two rounds of golf per person, golf car, use of practice range, unlimited balls on driving range, and overnight stay in an Inn guestroom. Details and availability here.
More than Golf at Pursell Farms
The 3,200-acre resort is ideal for weekend escapes, golf getaways, weddings, and corporate retreats.
Pursell Farms is home to a 40-room country estate-styled Inn, spacious four-bedroom cottages and cabins, and the three-level, eight-bedroom,13,000-sq.ft. Parker Lodge; three restaurants; the only ORVIS® Shooting Grounds in the South, offering Orvis-operated sporting clays and fly-fishing schools; Spring House Spa; three miles of walking trails; Hamilton Place 22-acre wedding venue; and FarmLinks Golf Club.
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