by Mickey Smith on 

Looking Back on 33 Years, 27 Holes

When I think of words that accurately describe Bent Brook Golf Course, two words immediately come to mind:  quality and innovation.

Back on the late 1980’s our owner, James C. Lee III, had a vison of a golf course that was open to the general public but provided a playing experience that was comparable to a private country club. Bent Brook Golf Course embodies that vision.

As a public course we do not feature all the amenities of a private club such as tennis, swimming, and formal dining. Instead our focus is strictly on golf and to provide our patrons with the best course conditions of any public in the greater Birmingham area.

From our beginning in the fall of 1988, our bent grass greens and 27-hole design made us stand out from the competition. At that time, public courses with bent grass were nonexistent in Birmingham and extremely rare in the south. The combination of summer heat and higher play volume make it incredibly challenging to maintain quality bent grass putting surfaces at a southern public course. Our 27-hole layout allows us to spread the added play out, thus reducing the wear and tear on each green.

Our legacy of quality and innovation continues to this day. In recent years we have completely renovated the course with new bunkering and the installation of AU Victory bent grass, a revolutionary grass that withstands summer heat much better that previous varieties. Two prominent private clubs in our area, Shoal Creek and Vestavia, were so impressed with our greens that they decided to use AU Victory with their renovations.

In 2018 we also added numerous new tees, to shorten the course instead of lengthening it, to make Bent Brook more enjoyable for golfers of all ages, genders, and ability levels.

The final stages of extensive improvements to the Windmill nine on holes 6-8 are taking shape as we wait on Mother Nature to work her magic.