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The Club at Shoal Creek: Legendary Golf Course in Birmingham, AL

As one of our prized luxury community amenities, The Club invites residents of Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Alabama, to develop relationships with their neighbors, enjoy our dining options, and of course, enjoy numerous rounds of golf at our award-winning and renowned Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course!


The Shoal Creek property clubhouse is a replica of the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Club is flanked by our community’s town hall, golf pro shop, and five guest houses, where we invite visitors to enjoy everything there is to love about our beautiful property in the Dunnavant Valley! Ranging from two to eight bedrooms, our five guest cottages – aptly-named Nicklaus, Pate, Thompson, Alabama, and Townhall Suites – also embody the Williamsburg style. Additional Shoal Creek lodgings include four suites above the golf shop, providing 26 guest rooms and 34 beds for overnight visitors. 


Visitors to The Club at Shoal Creek, while always invited to enjoy our 18-hole golf course, should make sure to enjoy the other amenities available at our club: 


  • Luxury swimming pool
  • Sun-bathing cabana
  • Incredible views 
  • Little Links par-3 golf course
  • Dining at The Club
Player and caddie walking across rock waterfall

History of The Jack Nicklaus-Designed Shoal Creek Golf Course

The narrative of the creation of our award-winning golf course has become quite the folklore. According to the story, Hall Thompson spent so much time discussing the golf course that he wanted to create that his wife, Lucy, told him to stop talking about it and to start digging. One frigid December 1974 afternoon, Thompson sat next to Dunnavant Valley Road with Harald Lassen, Jr., awaiting the arrival of Jack Nicklaus after previously collaborating with Pete Dye and Desmond Muirhead. 


Shoal Creek provided the ideal canvas to create a superior golf course, with 1,550 densely wooded acres between Oak and Double Oak Mountains. Nicklaus has stated, “The land was terrific, and there was actually space for two golf courses. But Hall wanted no part of that. ‘We only want one golf course,’ he told me, ‘but we want to make it a superior one.’” 


Golfer teeing off during the USWO Championship Opening in 1977 – just three years after that meeting – Shoal Creek has welcomed visitors from across the globe to enjoy our superb golf course and amenities at The Club. Golf course Superintendent Jim Simmons says, “What really 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.”

Golf Championship Tours at Shoal Creek’s Golf Course in Birmingham, AL


Opening on November 1, 1977, the Shoal Creek golf course 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


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


    • The 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. 
    • The 1986 U.S. Amateur Championship: Stewart “Buddy” Alexander outplayed Chris Kite in the last match by five strokes with three holes to play. 
    • The 1990 PGA Championship: Australian Wayne Desmond Grady won over second-place finisher Fred Couples.
    • The 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. 
    • The 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. 
  • The 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Regions Tradition Championship. 
  • The 2018 US Women’s Open Championship, where Ariya Jutanugarn claimed victory. 


Having hosted some of the greatest golf legends on our renowned golf course in Birmingham, Alabama, Shoal Creek remains one of the country’s most attractive golf courses in the United States. 

Purchase or Build a Custom Home in Shoal Creek


Shoal Creek isn’t just home to our Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course; there is so much more to our luxury private community than meets the eye! With modern homes situated amidst dense forests and well-stocked lakes and streams, Shoal Creek is a dream community that invites residents to enjoy all we have to offer in a rural setting that’s close to everything you need for a comfortable life.


Explore available properties in Shoal Creek. Whether you’re looking to build your dream home or are interested in purchasing an existing property, you can find your forever home in Birmingham in our private, gated community where luxury isn’t just a word: it’s a reality.


Visit Shoal Creek & Experience Our Luxury Community


If you’re looking for the perfect combination of luxury and privacy, turn to Birmingham’s premier private community. Shoal Creek welcomes residents looking to enjoy a quiet, peaceful life in the Dunnavant Valley. From our Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course to the beautiful nature surrounding us, our community embodies luxury and renown. You’ll find beauty and splendor in our well-stocked lakes and streams to the numerous hiking and biking trails throughout the property.


Step out of Birmingham’s hustle and bustle and into nature at Shoal Creek. Schedule a visit to our private gated community to experience Shoal Creek firsthand, and let our sales representatives help you choose or build your forever home.