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Gulf State Park Golf Course

20115 State Highway 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
+1 251-948-7275
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Beautiful Day! Heinous Course Conditions!!

I have played this course 3 or 4 times in the past couple of years. It was always in decent... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Larry W
,
Decatur, Alabama
Good day out at the course

The Refuge is a nice family course. It has a decent number of challenges with some left and right... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
stilts16
,
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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Combining the captivating natural scenery of Gulf State Park and the design of Earl Stone, our 18-hole championship golf course offers an exceptional experience and the natural beauty found only on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Opened in 1974, Refuge boasts 6,593 yards of beautifully landscaped courses, a driving range, putting green, pro shop, and our delicious Refuge Grill.
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good34%
  • Average18%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible10%
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“state park” (4 reviews)
“cart” (6 reviews)
“turf” (2 reviews)
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20115 State Highway 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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+1 251-948-7275
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

I have played this course 3 or 4 times in the past couple of years. It was always in decent condition and a very good value for a public course. I approached it this year with that in mind only to be thoroughly disappointed. The...More

Thank Larry W
GulfStatePark, Gulf State Park Staff at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Very sorry you had a bad experience, we are working on funding for this major project.

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The Refuge is a nice family course. It has a decent number of challenges with some left and right doglegs. Greens where shaggy so ball did not roll much. Price was average for 18 holes with cart. They did not charge for riders only. There...More

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GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2017

Thank you for writing a review about our Golf Course. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope you will come back again soon.

Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

The ground crew was running a drag up and down the fairways in front of us for 3 holes in a row and would not move. We asked them what the deal was and they said management makes them do that. I actually hit one...More

Thank Diana R
GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

We are sorry that you had an unpleasant experience at the golf course. We are working to improve the course with the funds that are available to us. I am not sure what happened the day that you visited but will be sure to pass...More

Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

My brother-in-law and I went here to golf on a beautiful day. Front nine the course was packed. Marshall kept everything moving. Back nine, no Marshall. There were only 8 people left on the course. Foursome in front of us. One behind us and one...More

Thank Kevin1234567892014
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Just finished a horribly kept golf course in Aruba. It was relatively cheap but decent greens. Gulf State being a State Park and being located in AL, it's light years better, but definitely needs major improvements. Right now they are working on the nature walking...More

Thank Alvin K
GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our Refuge Golf Course. We are glad you enjoyed your experience. We hope you will come golf with us again soon.

Reviewed 1 November 2016

Was not aware that this golf course was in Gulf Shores. It is a nice 18 hole course. Don't expect Kiva Dunes, pretty sure it is State maintained so they probably have to survive on limited funds. But, it was fun to play. Nice little...More

Thank CatWil23
GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2016

Thanks so much for your review. You are correct that it is maintained by Gulf State Park so we do our best with limited resources. We hope you come again soon.

Reviewed 31 July 2016

Greens were as furry as the fairways. Cartpaths had more potholes than pavement. Ranger did nothing as fivesomes and kids/new golfers (on a primetime weekend?) went unchecked. Have not played here in 15 years, now I remember why. Gave it a chance. It failed. I...More

Thank Mark M
GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2016

Thank you for your feedback. We are doing the best we can with a very old course and no money to make the major repairs necessary which is why our rates are so low. State parks just do not have the 1.5 million dollars it...More

Reviewed 27 May 2016

Fees were reasonable, putting and greens were not up to par with the course designer. This course is in need of improvement. I realize it is not the perfect season yet but this course has a long way to go. I have played worse but...More

Thank Will132
GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2016

Thank you for your feedback. We are doing the best we can with a very old course and no money to make the major repairs necessary which is why our rates are so low. State parks just do not have the 1.5 million dollars it...More

Reviewed 20 April 2016

On spring break, first rounds of the year, this is a good course to shake off the winter rust. The course is not pristine, the greens were slow, and the turf is rough in spots. But your not spending an arm and a leg to...More

Thank stilts16
GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2016

Thanks so much for you review. We are glad you had a nice paying experience and hope you come again soon.

Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

The course has some challenging greens and all of them are guarded by traps. There are several 90 degree dog legs. Fortunately, the fairways are wide open so even a bad slice or hook can recover. Lots of birds, live oaks, palms, azaleas and the...More

Thank SuAnne L
GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2016

Thanks so much for you review. I am glad you found our course enjoyable. We hope you come again soon. Our course is under new management.

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Ron F
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Response from GulfStatePark | Property representative |
We have a pretty relaxed dress code at Refuge Golf Course. You do not have to wear a collared shirt but no sleeveless. Denim is allowed. No swim wear. For more details please call 251-948-7275 ext 2135
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