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2920 County Highway 14
Altoona, AL  35952-6306
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Whippoorwill Course

18 hole executive length course

Public golf course

4,525 yards | 113 slope

70.0 rating | Bermuda grass

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Whippoorwill Golf Course

The 18-hole "Whippoorwill" course at the Whippoorwill Golf Course facility in Altoona, Alabama features 4,525 yards of golf from the longest tees. The course rating is 70.0 and it has a slope rating of 113 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Otis Williams, the Whippoorwill golf course opened in 1993. Otis Williams manages the course as the Owner/Manager.


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Reviewed May 07, 2014

Reviewed August 23, 2010

This course is a great value, and at $13 for eighteen and a cart it's hard to find a better price for a day of golf. With that being said, the course could use some big improvements in a lot of areas. The tee boxes are so hard you will break a few tees just trying to press them in the ground and on a few it is hard to find a decent spot to even place a tee with the tall crab grass. The fairways are in rough shape as well. There are very few spots of even decent grass to hit a shot from. You are pretty much guaranteed to hit a few horrible shots just due to your lie. Now the greens, they are in decent shape. Small and extra firm making it hard to stick an approach shot but also roll slow making long putts difficult. They are in better shape than I have seen before but could still use a lot of work. The amenities are non existent. There are no water fountains or coolers throughout the course but the clubhouse does offer cheap drinks and snacks at the turn. Our cart died on #16 and the breaks were not the best they could use some maintenance badly. Now on a better note the staff was very friendly and the layout of the course makes for some fun and challenging shots. Altogether not a bad course if you are short on money and just looking to have a good time more than enjoy a round of challenging golf. Worth playing at least once but i cant promise it would be worth the drive from Birmingham. Hole of the course: The # 15 215 yard par 4 offers a challenging shot from the tee and ends with an island green. If you want you can shoot for the green or choose to lay up for an easier second shot.

Reviewed March 09, 2010

I play here at least once a week the greens are fast and bumpy ,but for the price it's hard to beat. The people who work there are always friendly which is a plus considering the workers at other golf courses. For a beginner this is a great course.

Reviewed March 17, 2009

New to B'ham area. Played this course 3-7-09, and let me say that Whippoorwill put the "poor" in golf on this course. 18 hole long story short. Greens were so bumpy, we gave up on scorecard after 3rd hole. I know its winter, but man, these are more for basketballs. I can't say much more about the rest of the course either. If you go, take x-out balls, cause if they catch one of the many rock covered hills, they are gone. And if you do find it, your very lucky. The rest of the fairways were like practicing in my back yard, little to no fluff.
The course was poor. Hole 11 closed. Looked like for a good reason. You may never make it out alive if you go down that hill. The restrooms were poor. No door knob on womens at #7, and dead mouse in front of the toilet. The mens was not much better. Soaked comforter in the floor under the urinal. The restrooms all smelled like the elephant sanctuary at the zoo. We had to change carts 3 times, due to no brakes, low charge, or no charge. Other golfers, drunk as a skunk. Poor, very poor. Everyone knows your foursome shouldn't hit 4 balls per person on #15 with two more groups behind you??? Just because its an island shot, doesn't make it TPC, or you Tiger. This course is cheap for a reason. Maybe its better in the summer, but you would have to drag me kicking and screaming to play this mess again. I would like to say something nice about it, but I don't know what it would be. Well, I'll know better next time.

Reviewed July 10, 2008

Great course for the beginning golfer. Couple of the par 3's make for some difficulty as they are well shorter than normal courses, but it makes you think about your swing and how much power, or lack of, that needs to go into it. #11 is the hardest par 3, dealing with a narrow target line between trees, over a small ravine and onto the green.

The #10, par 5 can be a little tricky if you aren't careful. Each side of the green goes downhill, so your ball can easily get away from you. Think short and aim for the front center of the green and you can make it in 2.

Like what another reviewer said about the par 4's, many of them can be driven which makes a struggling golfer with average power feel great about himself. Also has a 380 yard par 5 which I am putting for eagle every time. As someone who averages about 100, shooting a 73 on this course is a morale booster.

The carts are the worst thing. Many of them have worn brakes and it isn't fun when you are headed down the hill towards the #11 green. It's a disaster waiting to happen

Reviewed May 18, 2008

Fun course. The fairways are more like pastures and the greens are a little rough on some holes, but for the price you cant not try it at least once. The highlight of the course are the par threes. Most of the par fours can be driven from the tee box and the course itself is extremely short, but the par threes require some dead on shots. Your either on the green or your in a ditch, a pond, or the side of a hill. It was a nice scenic course and for the price its a great weekend adventure for any type of golfer.

Reviewed October 17, 2007

Reviewed September 10, 2007

Reviewed July 18, 2007

BEAUTIFUL COURSE for the money. Played the course for the first time this week and had a wonderful time. I was only charged $10 with a cart after noon! Challenges every club in your bag with narrow fairways and tight small greens. The course looked great even with the drought in the area. A couple of fairways were a touch on the hard side but the greens were in great shape. The two island holes are fun and challenging. #11 is an 85 yard par 3 and one of the most beautifully done holes I've seen. #15 is a challenge with an island green similar to the TPC island green. (Check local rules before you tackle this one). The scenery is amazing. Quite the value for such a nice course. I'll play this one over and over. Also check out the driving range. It's a lake with yardage markers and floating range balls. Really and fun place to play.

Reviewed October 13, 2006

Great little Course.... Altoona's Hidden Secert

When I drove up to this course, I first noticed all the small little ponds in the front of the course. These ponds among others on the course enhance the layout and prove to challenge the golfer off the tee.

I really was impressed with this course when compared to the value it offers. I started at 1:00pm and they only charged me 10 dollars for a round which of course included a cart. The most obvious difference of this course vs. many others in the area is the total distance. Many holes are shorter than normal, though still a par 72, such as four par 4's at 220 yards. one way the designer makes up for the shorter holes are many tree lines along the course, narrow fairways, and small greens.

The highlights of this course are the Island Green, the #11 hole down hill onto a small green surrounded by water and trees, the #12 hole tee shot across a rocky creek, and .

The Father and Son run golf course is one of the hidden treasure courses in North Alabama IMHO. Hope this review helps you decide to give the course a try!



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  • Latest Scores
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Joe S. 13 72 59 09/16/07
2 Shean B. 11 78 67 02/20/08
3 james T. 7 74 67 03/23/09
4 Glenn W. 17 86 69 04/22/08
5 Robert G. 17 88 71 07/25/07
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About Whippoorwill

Whippoorwill Golf Course

Golf Only facility

20 tees driving range

18 executive holes

Tournaments of Whippoorwill

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Course Staff

Otis Williams, Owner/Manager
Terry Williams, Superintendent