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Address: 20115 State Highway 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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12519487275
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Combining the captivating natural scenery of Gulf State Park and the design...

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.

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Needed Golf fix, so does the golf course.

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 December 2016
Alvin K
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 paths. Overall it has lots of potential and needs major improvements, but considering that state... More 

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GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this review

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. More 

Daingerfield, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 snack bar too.

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GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this review

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. More 

La Grange, Kentucky
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 would not spend a nickel playing here.

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GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this review

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 would take to replace the greens, tees and irrigation that has been here since the... More 

Tallahassee, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 this is close. I considered it a waste of time.

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GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this review

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 would take to replace the greens, tees and irrigation that has been here since the... More 

Saint Joseph, Michigan
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150 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 play. Very family friendly, Others in our group had to deal with course ranger who... More 

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GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this review

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

Oak Park, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 resident alligator (of course). The price is right too.

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GulfStatePark, Public Relations Manager at Gulf State Park Golf Course, responded to this review

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. More 

north_alabama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

This was the first course we played on this trip to Gulf Shores and it was the least expensive of all the courses we played. The fairways were in good shape but the green were very thin in places and appeared to be in a recovery state. But it is a very playable course, not so hard that you were... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

This course had some very slow playing golfers that didn't know to let faster players play through. It took me 3 hrs to play 9 holes. The price to play here is very well priced but be prepared to play the slowest round ever. Btw I'm not a scratch golfer either in saying all this. I'm a normal guy that... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2015 via mobile

The Refuge course was long, had a lot of dog legs and sand traps (no surprise there). It was challenging enough to be enjoyable for hubby, without being too hard for me from the ladies' tees. It was cart-path only the day we played as they had just punched the fairways and also gotten some much needed rain, although the... More 

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Thomaston, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

I really like this course. It was long and had a lot of dog legs. It was completely different than my home course. The value was out standing. While there may be better courses in the area I found this one fun and 1/2 the price. It was close to the beaches and condo we rented. To top it off... More 

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