Coastal Alabama Couples Classic Recap
The Coastal Alabama Couples Classic
The Alabama Gulf Coast is a magical place and we wanted to show it off to golfers from all over the U.S. at our First Annual Couples Classic. This 3 day golfing event took place November 9-12 in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fairhope. The idea was to give couples the entire Gulf Coast experience, from the Championship golf, to the beaches, the fresh Gulf seafood, the water, and the legendary establishments. What the guests left with was exactly that! Here is what went down.
Before the Tournament:
Couples came as far as New York and Oklahoma to experience the Alabama Gulf Coast and its championship golf. Leading up to the event, some couples chose to come early and take advantage of coupons the sports commission provided to them at local area restaurants and attractions. During this time, couples also played $25 practice rounds at the courses, relaxed on the white-sand beaches, and explored the Gulf Coast on their own terms before the tournament.
Day 1: Welcome Reception at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club
Many of you know of the iconic Flora-Bama. This beach bar has won numerous awards such as Top 10 Beach Bar in the U.S., Best Night Spot, Best Bushwackers, Best place to dance, Best Bar and Nightclub, 100 Best Bars in the South, and much much more. You get the point, it’s legendary! “
The first night, golfers met at the Flora-Bama’s restaurant, the Flora-Bama Yacht Club, for drinks, live entertainment, and hors d’douvres including Gulf shrimp, burger sliders, and raw oysters. Each golfer was given their tee gift (a logo blanket, two personalized R-Tic Cups, local pecans, a free pass and drink tickets to the Flora-Bama, and more)! The casual, authentic atmosphere set the tone of the entire weekend! Here are some photos from Day 1.
Day 2: Peninsula, Sunset Cruise, and LuLu’s
Day 2 started bright and early with a delcious breakfast buffet at Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club, followed by a 9am shotgun. Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club provides the perfect blend of southern hospitality and championship golf in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest and selected as one of the “most memorable and enjoyable” courses in the southeast, Peninsula provides a golfing experience that is rivaled by few. Designed by the renowned southern favorite, Earl Stone, the 27-hole golf course boasts 7,026 yards from the championship tees and delivers a playable and enjoyable layout for golfers of all skill levels. Needless to say, golfers had rave reviews about this course!
After their round at Peninsula, golfers went home for a quick change, and met at the dock of LuLu’s Homeport Marina for an unforgettable sunset booze cruise! We took two charter boats out into the Intercostal for an hour and a half. During the cruise golfers enjoyed hors’ doeuvres, an open bar, a beautiful sunset, and even saw dolphins!
After the boat cruise, couples enjoyed a delicious dinner right on the water at Lucy Buffets’ restaurant, Lulu’s. Couples came expecting to eat, but what they didn’t expect was an island oasis. The restaurant sits on a beach of its own making, complete with sand, a beach-bar, lounge chairs, and plenty of activities while you wait, including its own extremely popular souvenir and beach shop. Golfers stepped off the beach and into the restaurant, where they enjoyed cheeseburgers in paradise, fresh Gulf seafood, and delicious tropical cocktails. It was a fabulous night they will not soon forget.
Day 3: Craft Farms and Nolan’s
Day 3 started with breakfast and shotgun at Craft Farms Golf Resort. Craft Farms Golf Resort is a 36 hole golf resort designed by the golf icon, Arnold. The two golf courses are the only courses in Alabama designed by Palmer. Located just minutes away from Fort Morgan and the beautiful white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, golfers got the chance to enjoy one of the most popular golf courses in the area and they were not disappointed.
After couples enjoyed lunch at the course, they took a break then met at Nolan’s. Nolan’s is popular for its steak, seafood, back bay view, and dancing. There isn’t a night you won’t find couples dancing to the house band, midnight confessions. Golfers enjoyed a cocktail hour with passed bacon wrapped shrimp and crab salad on crostini’s. Dinner consisted of either prime rib, Beef tornados, or a local Trigger Fish option. Some couples stayed afterwards and danced the night away!
Day 4: Rock Creek Golf Club and Prizes
The final day, couples met at Rock Creek Golf Club, in Fairhope, for breakfast and 18 holes of golf. Rock Creek Golf Course was designed by veteran golf course architect and Southeastern favorite Earl Stone. This 18-hole Baldwin County golf course stretches over 6,900 yards, making it perfect for long hitters yet fun and encouraging for golfers playing from the forward tees. The elevation changes were a nice surprise for the couples at this course! After the final round, golfers enjoyed lunch and prizes!
Guests were thrilled with the entire experience, and told us they can’t wait to come back next year!
A survey was sent to all of the couples who played in this first Inaugural Coastal Alabama Couples Classic. We will use the survey to improve the experience for next year’s event. Details regarding next year’s event will be available in the next couple of months.