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3840 Cotton Creek Cir
Gulf Shores, AL  36542-9097
United States
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Cotton Creek Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 7,028 yards | 136 slope

74.1 rating | Bermuda grass

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Cotton Creek Golf Course

The 18-hole "Cotton Creek" course at the Craft Farms facility in Gulf Shores, Alabama features 7,028 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 74.1 and it has a slope rating of 136 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Arnold Palmer, the Cotton Creek golf course opened in 1987. Troon Golf, LLC (fka Honours) manages this facility, with Chad Leonard as the Director of Club Operations.


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Reviewed September 09, 2020

The Gulf Shores, Alabama area is a beachgoer's dream: pristine white sand beaches, all kinds of beach bars, shopping and OWA, an entertainment park with a downtown area, restaurants, and an amusement park.

Gulf Shores is also known for its fantastic golf courses which are some of the nicest in the country. Honours Golf, which is part of Troon Golf, the largest and for my money, the best golf course management company in the country, has two facilities here, the 27-hole Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club and the 36-hole Craft Farms. Each course has its own distinctive coastal feel; both are must plays if you’re in the area.

There are two 18-hole championship golf courses at Craft Farms; both designed by Arnold Palmer. Cypress Bend has received a 4-1/2 star rating by Golf Digest and, as you play your way around the course, you’ll find plush conditions from tee to green, sprawling bunkers and undulating greens that can leave you scratching your head. The course has a coastal feel to it with water coming into play on every hole. Wide fairways and generous landing areas make this Palmer masterpiece a joy for players of all levels.

There were a few holes that I won’t soon forget. Number 4 is a 372-yards par 4 that is a challenging golf hole! You’ll need a long accurate tee shot that avoids the bunkers on either side followed by a pinpoint approach shot into a T-shaped green with bunkers on either side. A back-right pin placement can be especially trying.

Number 13 is my favorite hole on the course. It’s a risk/reward par 5 that plays 517 yards from the Blue tees. The hole doglegs sharply to the right with water down the right side and a long bunker at the turn. If you can carry the bunker on to the elevated fairway or hit your tee shot just right of it over the water and you can have a go at the green. More water guards each side of the elevated green and three bunkers protect the front. Par is a good score here.

With 27 holes of golf at Peninsula and another 36 holes at Craft Farms, either one is the perfect venue for your next outing or tournament. The staff at either course will help with everything from pre-planning and setup, to food and beverage and the awarding of prizes. The tournament staff will see to it you and your guests are well taken care of while the culinary team will create a menu that tempts your palettes.

Speaking of palettes, Chef Kurtis Krum heads up the culinary staff at both courses and uses his creative expertise to create delicious dishes from scratch. After all, how many golf courses bake their own bread? It makes the fresh sandwiches taste that much better!

This is just an overview of what’s in store for you and your group at either facility. For more information, check them out online

Beverages Available Cart Included Challenging Club Rentals Food Available Friendly Staff Great Deal Pro Shop Putting Green Quick Pace Scenic Well Maintained
Reviewed June 25, 2011

We really enjoyed this course, it was a little dry but everything is dry this year. The staff was very helpful and the course was a pleasure to play. The would for sure play this course again.

Reviewed May 17, 2010

Played Cypress Bend two days previously; Crafts Farms evidently have some very hard working greens keepers because both Cybress Bend and Cotton Creek greens were in immaculate condition. The fairways were in great condition as were the tee boxes (tee boxes on Cypress Bend not as good as Cotton Creek). Plenty of water on Cotton Creek. Course plays longer than the yardage if it is windy (and it was windy) but it is still an acceptable challenge. We had one issue while playing because they had a tournament going on but Rick, the director of golf, corrected it quickly and made it worth our while. I've never been to a golf course where the Clubhouse personnel as well as the course starter and course marshalls were so concerned about the golfing experience for the visiting patrons. That is very much appreciated. I would play Cotton Creek again and again and again and again. One final note about the Craft Farms golf courses: Never in my lifetime have I played two better courses that are on the same premises. The level of excellence in the golf course is mind boggling. I've played courses from Hawaii to San Diego to Florida to Georgia and Indiana and Craft Farms is the best place I've ever played thus far in my lifetime.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Bob S. 28 53 25 07/21/09
2 Tommy T. 18 87 69 07/23/08
3 Gregory J. 15 87 72 08/03/10
4 Chris G. 14 88 74 08/05/11
5 David S. 14 88 74 11/09/07
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About Craft Farms, Cotton Creek

Craft Farms

Resort facility

Managed by Troon Golf, LLC (fka Honours)

50 tees driving range

36 regulation holes

Awards at Craft Farms, Cotton Creek

No recent major awards have been noted.

Tournaments of Craft Farms, Cotton Creek

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Course Staff

Chad Leonard, Director of Club Operations
Ryan Mello, PGA, Golf Professional
Jason Baumeister, Superintendent

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