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Shoal Creek Club

As the story goes, Hall Thompson spent so much time discussing the golf course he wanted to build that his wife, Lucy, told him to stop talking about it and start digging. So began the fulfillment of Thompson's dream of creating a world-class layout in Birmingham, Alabama. Hall Thompson enlisted a young Jack Nicklaus to deliver on his vision for a timeless classic that would delight generations of club members while also testing the best players in the world. Shoal Creek was an instant classic when it opened in 1977—drawing the PGA Championship just seven years later—and it remains one of America's best courses.

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A Superior Golf Experience Course Tour of Shoal Creek

Shoal Creek founder, Hall Thompson, was prompted into action by a psychiatrist he had hired to test the employees at Thompson Tractor Company. WHen it was his turn to sit down with the "head shrink," he was asked what he had never done but would like to do. Build a golf course was his reply.

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A Legacy of Excellence History

Shoal Creek founder, Hall Thompson, was prompted into action by a psychiatrist he had hired to test the employees at Thompson Tractor Company. When it was his turn to sit down with the "head shrink," he was asked what he had never done but would like to do. Build a golf course was his reply.

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A masterpiece is born Shoal Creek Club Opens

Shoal Creek opened for Member play in July of 1977, but the official opening of the course would be some four months later. On Tuesday, November 1, 1977, a crowd of 2,000 people watched Jack Nicklaus, Jerry Pate and Hubert Green play the official opening day round.

Alabama's first major! PGA Championship

After only seven years in existence, Shoal Creek hosted the 66th version of this major championship. More than 138,000 fans saw the action, second at that time to the 1979 PGA Championship held at Oakland Hills in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. With scores of 69-68-67-69 for a total of 273 for the four days, Lee Buck Trevino edged Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins by three strokes for the victory.

First USGA Championship U.S. Amateur

Two years after the 84 PGA Championship, the USGA came to town. The U.S. Amateur was played at Shoal Creek on August 26th through the 31st. Stewart "Buddy" Alexander outplayed Chris Kite in the last match to win by five strokes with three holes to play.

Second PGA Championship at Shoal! PGA Championship

On April 15th 1985, less than one year after hosting the 84 PGA Championship, Shoal Creek was awarded as the site of the 1990 PGA Championship. Australian Wayne Desmond Grady shot 72-67-72-71 over four days which was good enough to win the 92nd PGA Championship over second place finisher Fred Couples.

Second USGA Championship at Shoal Creek U.S. Junior Amateur

18 years would pass before Shoal Creek would host another Championship. The USGA again decided that Shoal Creek was worthy of one of their championships and awarded the 08 U.S. Jr. Am. The championship took place July 21st through the 26th with Cameron Peck of Olympia, Washington claiming the victory. At age 17, Peck won the title match against Evan Beck of Virginia by ten strokes with eight holes to play.

Southern Amateur

Abilene Christian University sophomore Alex Carpenter fired a 6-under par 30 on the back nine at Shoal Creek to charge through the field and capture the 104th Southern Amateur Championship. The Little Rock native shot 70-67-70-66 to edge Patrick Cantlay by one shot.

Hosted annually for five years! Regions Tradition

Abilene Christian University sophomore Alex Carpenter fired a 6-under par 30 on the back nine at Shoal Creek to charge through the field and capture the 104th Southern Amateur Championship. The Little Rock native shot 70-67-70-66 to edge Patrick Cantlay by one shot.

Third USGA Championship at Shoal Creek! U.S. Women's Open

Ariya Jutanugarn fired rounds of 67-70-67-73 and survived a thrilling four-hole playoff with Hyo Joo Kim to win. It was the second major championship for the long-hitting Jutanugarn following her victory at the 2016 AIG Women's British Open.

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Explore Our Guest Cottages Cottages
Alabama Cottage
Alabama Cottage

This cottage has two levels. It has two bedrooms with king-size beds, private baths, a kitchen with a bar, and a living area with a fireplace.

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Nicklaus Cottage

This cottage has two bedrooms (each with twin beds), two bathrooms, a kitchen with a bar, a living area, a fireplace, and a patio with a grill area.

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Pate Cottage
Pate Cottage

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Thompson Cottage
Thompson Cottage

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green suites
Green Suites

These are located above our Golf Shop. Each suite has two twin beds and shares a bath with an adjoining suite.

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town hall suites
Town Hall Suites

The suites have one level. They have 4 bedrooms with two queen beds in each room along with each room having a private bathroom, a kitchen with a bar, and a living area with a private patio and fire pit.

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