Alabama’s Rock Creek Rolls On

Alabama’s Rock Creek Rolls On

The wild second hole has a little of everything.

Rock Creek, a development course southeast of Mobile, is less than a mile inland from Mobile Bay but it might as well be in the mountains north of Birmingham. The land is quite hilly creating some adventurous up and down shots as the two nines circle out casually through shaded homes and corridors of thick trees. It’s a nice, mature public courses with just enough movement to hold your attention, though the overall design is missing any distinct point of view.

Five holes cut across Rock Creek and its deep, wooded drainage basin. The two one-shot holes on the second nine are particularly strong at 197 and 187 yards respectively, each playing across ravines to greens benched into the opposite hillside, but most players will remember the 2nd hole, a long par-4 that tumbles wildly downhill, cuts across the creek, then climbs up to a terraced green backed by a high wall of vertical wooden bulkheads. (83)

Rock Creek Golf Club

Fairhope/Gulf Shores

Architect: Earl Stone

Year: 1993

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