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Craft Farms Golf Club

3840 Cotton Creek Circle,

Gulf Shores, Alabama AL 36542

  • Office

    +1 (800) 327 2657
  • Pro shop

    +1 (251) 968 7500
  • Golf pro

    Rick Gehr (Director of Golf)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk but some long tee-to-green walks.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland, marshland and residential.

  • Designer:

    Arnold Palmer

SSS or slope

At the same location:

18-hole par-72 Cypress Bend course (6848 yds from back tees).






How to get there:

45 miles SE of Mobile

From the I-10 (20 miles east of Mobile) take exit 44 onto the 59 South direction Loxley. After 25 miles (and 7 miles after Foley) turn left onto CR-4 (Cotton Creek Drive). After o.6 miles turn left into Craft Farms Blvd, and follow road for o.6 miles to golf clubhouse.

Craft Farms Golf Club (Cotton Creek course)

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1988

Craft Farms Golf Club (Cotton Creek course): Craft Farms, where gladiolus flowers were cultivated in their millions, is home to two Arnold Palmer championship golf courses, the more natural and impressive of which is the Cotton Creek layout.

Whereas the more recent Cypress Bend course is quite open and dominated by water, Cotton Creek contains a more varied mix of holes, some with small lakes, others swamp-lined, while the majority have trees and forest never far away. The terrain here is essentially flat, but included in the layout are some nicely rolling fairways and good earthmounding, especially around the well-bunkered greens.

Now and again there are tight drives to make, not least at the par-5 3rd, the long par-4 5th and the equally long dog-legging par-4 15th - trees, swamp and lakes all combine to define and narrow your outlook from the tee.

Housing is less noticeable here on the Cotton Creek course, mainly appearing on the front-nine, with the back-nine allowing you to focus attention on avoiding the swamp that lines several holes. Small lakes also threaten more seriously as the round draws to its conclusion. Plenty of flowering trees and shrubs add additional splashes of colour during different times of the year - particularly the crepe myrtles in early summer.

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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season: $49-$89 (golf cart included).

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Golf carts compulsory.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The golf courses at Craft Farms are managed by Honours Golf, the Southeast's leading golf course development and management company.


  • Courtyard by Marriott

    3750 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, Alabama, AL 36542

    +1 (251) 968 1113

    Visit website

    Courtyard by Marriott is located at Craft Farms Resort, home to the Cotton Creek and Cyress Bend golf courses, and in close proximity to many other golf courses in the area.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Craft Farms Resort (Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend courses)

    • Golf within 5 miles:


    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Peninsula; Kiva Dunes; Lakewood -Dogwood and Azalea courses (25 miles).

  • Craft Farms Resort - Cypress Point Condominiums

    PO Box 2288, Craft Farms Resort, Gulf Shores, Alabama AL 36547

    +1 (251) 968 7532

    Visit website

    The luxury Cypress Point Condominiums overlook the Palmer-designed Cypress Bend golf course and offer spacious floor plans.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Craft Farms Resort (Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend courses)

    • Golf within 5 miles:


    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Peninsula; Kiva Dunes; Lakewood -Dogwood and Azalea courses (25 miles).

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