Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Located in Fairhope on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay is the fantastic Rock Creek Golf Club, a Golf Digest four and a half star 18 hole championship golf course. Earl Stone did a fantastic job of designing Rock Creek Golf Club to take advantage of the natural rolling terrain and wetlands. As such you'll find tree lined rolling fairways, surprising elevation changes, intimidating carries over wetlands, mounding, and more to keep you on your game.
Rock Creek Golf Club meanders its way through a very upscale community and past some stunning homes. Some of what makes this course a blast to play includes:
The front nine of Rock Creek Golf Club, and specifically the first six holes, are excellent - scenic, fun, unique, and a blast to play. Some of the great holes include:
The back nine is fun but pales in comparison to the front nine of Rock Creek Golf Club. It is more traditional and straightforward with a couple good holes and two excellent par 3s with intimidating carries over a wetland.
When we played in early February, the Bermuda greens were over seeded with rye and were in near perfect condition. The greens range in size (a tad small to above average) and shape and no two are the same. But common to all of them is plenty of undulation including tiers, slope, and subtle breaks. They were running at a good speed of around 9 and were soft and true. Practice putting before you head out - we had several three putts. The fringe was perfect and puttable if you're fairly close.
The fairways at Rock Creek Golf Club were also in very good condition. Most are ample with a wide playable first cut, but after that you're wet, in a back yard, or lost in the trees or natural areas. The fairways are tree lined with some beautiful homes set well back, but reachable. Most of the fairways have some contour, slope, or mounding.
The bunkers were well maintained with a soft layer of white sand. We thought the sand was a little thin and it wasn't easy to get through the hard pack under it.
Bottom line - excellent holes, playable by all skill levels, fantastic conditions, fair but demanding, and a very good value.
Rates: $49.00 to $59.00
Service is very good and friendly. The clubhouse is great and home to a well stocked pro shop and a restaurant serving a variety of good food. The driving range is impressive.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.