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Shoal Creek Legendary Golf Course & Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama

The Shoal Creek property clubhouse replicates the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia. Facilities include a community town hall, golf pro shop, five guest houses, where members and their guests enjoy beautiful  scenery of the Dunnavant Valley.


Ranging from two to eight bedrooms, the five guest cottages – aptly named Nicklaus, Pate, Thompson, Alabama, and Townhall Suites – emulate the Williamsburg style. Lodgings also include four suites above the golf shop, providing 26 guest rooms and 34 beds for overnight visitors.

The Legacy of Shoal Creek: Jack Nicklaus’ Masterpiece in Golf Design


The origin of the award-winning golf course has become folklore. 


According to the legend, Hall Thompson spent so much time discussing the golf course he wanted to create that his wife, Lucy, told him to stop talking and start digging.


One frigid December 1974 afternoon, Thompson sat next to Dunnavant Valley Road with Harald Lassen, Jr., awaiting Jack Nicklaus’ arrival after collaborating with Pete Dye and Desmond Muirhead. Shoal Creek provided the ideal canvas to create a superior and challenging golf course, with 1,550 densely wooded acres between the Oak and Double Oak Mountains. 


“The land was terrific,’ Nicklaus observed, “and there was space for two golf courses. But Hall wanted no part of that. ‘We only want one golf course,” he later reflected, “but we want to make it a superior one.'”


Three years after the meeting, on November 1, 1977, Shoal Creek opened the course and welcomed visitors from worldwide to enjoy our superb golf club, complete with first-class amenities.


Superintendent Jim Simmons says, “What sets Shoal Creek apart from others is its uniqueness. Not only is every hole set off by itself, each one plays differently. And that came as much from Nicklaus as from Mr. Thompson, who was very hands-on during the entire process.”

Historic Golf Championship Tours At Shoal Creek

Open Championships


The Shoal Creek golf and country club hosted three U.S. Open Champions in the inaugural ceremonial round:


  • Course designer and three-time Open Champion Jack Nicklaus
  • 1976 Open Champion Jerry Pate
  • 1977 Open Champion Hubert Green
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Golf Championship Tours 

Following this exciting inaugural round, Shoal Creek has hosted several historical golf championship tours, including: 


  • 1984 PGA Championship: It was the 66th version of this major championship, where Lee Buck Trevino edged Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins by three strokes for the victory. 
  • 1986 U.S. Amateur Championship: Stewart “Buddy” Alexander outplayed Chris Kite in the last match by five strokes with three holes to play. 
  • 1990 PGA Championship: Australian Wayne Desmond Grady won over second-place finisher Fred Couples.
  • 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship: At age 17, Cameron Peck from Olympia, Washington, claimed the victory against Evan Beck from Virginia by two strokes with eight holes to play. 
  • 2010 Southern Amateur Championship: Abilene Christian University sophomore Alex Carpenter captured the title after firing a 6-under par 30 on the back nine, edging out Patrick Cantlay by one shot. 
  • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Regions Tradition Championship. 
  • 2018 US Women’s Open Championship: Ariya Jutanugarn claimed victory. 


Having hosted some of the greatest golf legends on the  world-renowned golf club in Birmingham, Alabama, Shoal Creek remains one of the country’s most attractive, and challenging, golf courses in the United States.

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Birmingham’s Premier Private Community

Would you love to live the luxury lifestyle, amidst the serene peace of nature? Do you dream of a beautiful home customized for you and your family? 

If you answered, “Yes,” to these questions, we would love to invite you to visit our private gated community in Birmingham, Alabama. Nestled in the Dunnavant Valley near Double Oak Mountain, you’ll find an idyllic luxury neighborhood with amenities many only dream about! From our untouched forests to our fully-stocked fishing ponds and streams, you can find everything you need to get away, every day. 

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