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Playing three rounds in Birmingham at the end of October. Is it worth the hour drive to play Farm Links at Pursell Farms? Should i play Ross Bridge twice and one of the Oxmoor Valley courses or play Farm Links, Ross Bridge and an Oxmoor Valley?  thanks in advance for any and all comments.

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I've never played Pursell Farms & you can't go wrong playing Ross Bridge, the jewel of the trail, twice. You could drive south to Montgomery and play The Judge at The Capital Hill Club, which has 3 courses. 

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You won't go wrong playing Ross Bridge twice as it is a. big golf course that the second time around will be more enjoyable because you will know the angles better and where the misses are .    Yes it is worth driving the hour to Farm Links. 

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I would definitely make the drive to play Pursell Farms.  In fact, we have a golf trip scheduled to PF early August.  I played there a few years ago and really enjoyed it.  I have played most of the RTJ courses and really enjoy them as well, but I would still make the drive to play PF.  You won't be disappointed.

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Farmlinks is definitely worth it. How long will you be in town? I would personally not play Ross Bridge twice. Might consider Ballantrae as well as if it’s a weekday can play for $40 after noon and it’s a great course.  
 

I agree with the person who said the Montgomery RTJs are better than Birmingham. The RTJs in Bham are nice and challenging but for what you pay it is not worth the money in my opinion. I will say last time I played there the greens were the best I’ve seen, that was around April. Bent Brook is also very good but there is not anything unique about it. 
 

I will say I live here so my opinion may be skewed slightly because of that. However, moral of the story is make sure you play farmlinks! 

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18 hours ago, DoubleAce said:

Playing three rounds in Birmingham at the end of October. Is it worth the hour drive to play Farm Links at Pursell Farms? Should i play Ross Bridge twice and one of the Oxmoor Valley courses or play Farm Links, Ross Bridge and an Oxmoor Valley?  thanks in advance for any and all comments.

Also, FYI one of the two Oxmoor Valley courses is closed right now and I do not think it’ll be open by October, so the other course might be pretty crowded. 

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I echo the praise for FarmLinks. 

The golf course is interesting and it’s a nice experience. There will also probably be fewer people there and pace of play could be better. 

I have been 2x in the spring and it has exceeded expectations. Food and lodging is also really good. 

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Farmlinks is unique and a throughly enjoyable golfing experience.  It is a bit of a drive from Birmingham but lodging is available and their restaurant has delicious food. Various other activities are offered there as well - Check it their Website. 

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Started playing late in life, but as I got older I found that golf is a much better activity than a lot of things old folks get into, plus I meet some of the nicest most interesting people!

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13 hours ago, Headhammer said:

I've never played Pursell Farms & you can't go wrong playing Ross Bridge, the jewel of the trail, twice. You could drive south to Montgomery and play The Judge at The Capital Hill Club, which has 3 courses. 

Agreed, judge and legislator we're both really nice

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I would recommend the drive to Purcell Farms. Ross Bridge and Oxmoor Valley are very good. Another very fine course is Timberline in Calera just a short drive south of Birmingham. The Valley Course at Oxmoor is closed until Oct. 30 but the Ridge is the better of the two IMHO.

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Late to the party but here’s my rank of public courses in Bham. I live here and play them a lot.

1) Ross Bridge 

2) Oxmoor Valley - Ridge Course

3) Ballantrae Golf Club

4) Oxmoor Valley - Valley Course (opens back up October 1st, re did all the greens and changed the hole layout on 3 of them)

5) Bent Brook/Timberline

i would 100% go to Farmlinks/Purcell Farms. I would also go to RTJ Capitol Hill (Montgomery)

If you only got 3 courses and don’t mind spending a little more. I’d go Ross Bridge, Farmlinks, and the Judge course at RTJ Capitol Hill (same drive from Bham as Farmlinks)

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1 hour ago, Mtbryant01 said:

Late to the party but here’s my rank of public courses in Bham. I live here and play them a lot.

1) Ross Bridge 

2) Oxmoor Valley - Ridge Course

3) Ballantrae Golf Club

4) Oxmoor Valley - Valley Course (opens back up October 1st, re did all the greens and changed the hole layout on 3 of them)

5) Bent Brook/Timberline

i would 100% go to Farmlinks/Purcell Farms. I would also go to RTJ Capitol Hill (Montgomery)

If you only got 3 courses and don’t mind spending a little more. I’d go Ross Bridge, Farmlinks, and the Judge course at RTJ Capitol Hill (same drive from Bham as Farmlinks)

I did not know Valley opens 10/1, good to know. 

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9 hours ago, Ben_Howell34 said:

I did not know Valley opens 10/1, good to know. 

Soft start opening is what I'd say. I'm putting on a tournament on October 15th there, so I'm praying this project doesn't get delayed. Fingers crossed.

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On 6/19/2021 at 8:53 PM, DoubleAce said:

Playing three rounds in Birmingham at the end of October. Is it worth the hour drive to play Farm Links at Pursell Farms? Should i play Ross Bridge twice and one of the Oxmoor Valley courses or play Farm Links, Ross Bridge and an Oxmoor Valley?  thanks in advance for any and all comments.

Farm Links is well worth the trip. If you have a 4some stay in a cottage.

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i want to thank everyone  for all of the constructive replies.   there is a wealth of knowledge on this forum for AL courses.   I learned that its well worth a trip to Farm Links at Pursell Farms and i hope to play this course.   I also learned that Ross Bridge is highly rated course and i look forward to playing that course too.  I plan to start a couple new topics based on what i read here.  1) what course rating sources do you use when planning a trip.   one of the sources i uses gave Ross Bridge a 5+ and Farm Links only a 4.  2) i had always planned at least one more and possibly 2 more trips to AL  since Capitol Hill courses were mentioned here, I will start a topic asking that you compare Cambrian Ridge, Capitol Hill and Grand National. 

thanks so much

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