HighlandPark Golf Course, the oldest public golf course in Alabama, reopened for play March 2 following a seven-month renovation project that included modernization of bunkers and putting surfaces. Landscapes Unlimited oversaw the renovation.
Modernization of Highland Park’s bunkers included rebuilding bunkers using the Better Billy Bunker method, which provides a technically advanced drainage and liner system while providing optimal playing conditions much deeper into the life of the bunker.
All 18 greens as well as the practice green were rebuilt and resurfaced with an AU Victory Bentgrass to provide guests with a smoother, faster and more consistent putting surface. The bentgrass was developed by Auburn University’s Turfgrass Research Team and thrives in the high humidity and heat of the region.
The renovation project was done in partnership with the City of Birmingham, the Birmingham Parks & Recreation Department and Honours Golf, Highland Park’s management company.
“We’re excited to debut the newly renovated golf course to our loyal patrons,” Highland Park Golf Course’s director of golf Evan Godfrey said. “The public/private partnership with Birmingham and Honours Golf is outstanding and allowed this project to come together and flourish.”
This spring and summer, Highland Park will host happy hour golf clinics, Get Golf Ready clinics and junior summer camps on the practice range as well as Thursday afternoon golf leagues. The course also offers a variety of 9- and 18-hole rates to fit most budgets.