Getting To Know: TimberCreek Golf Club
An Insightful Interview With Rob Bradley, Owner & General Manager
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Rob Bradley who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
TimberCreek Golf Club, located at bottom of the Appalachian Mountains providing rolling terrain with three distinct nines - Magnolia, Dogwood and Pines. We offer players of all abilities a fabulous golf experience. A 27-hole championship layout designed by Earl Stone, TimberCreek offers scenic views of spacious, rolling fairways carved from a forest of Dogwoods, Magnolias, and Pines. Elevation changes, wetland preserves, and bountiful wildlife accentuate the flowing terrain, creating an atmosphere truly unique from other courses in the Gulf Coast region. And with a full service restaurant, first class practice facilities, and a good dose of our staff's southern hospitality, TimberCreek Golf Club becomes a must play for all golfers.
Your readers should check out our video. It really showcases our golf course.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
TimberCreek is known as the "must play" golf course when driving to or on the way home from Gulf Shores as we are 40 minutes north. We also attract golfers when coming/driving to Mobile, Alabama or Pensacola, Florida.
From Mobile - 14 Miles/16 Minutes
Take I-10 East across Mobile Bay. Take exit #38 (Daphne-Spanish Fort). Turn LEFT onto AL-181. Club entrance 1/4 mile north of I-10 on left.
From Gulf Shores: - 35 miles/39 Minutes
Take AL-59 North to I-10. Turn LEFT onto I-10 WEST. Take exit #38 (Daphne-Spanish Fort). Turn right onto AL-181. Club entrance 1/4 mile on left.
From Pensacola: - 44 Miles/39 Minutes
Take I-10 WEST towards MOBILE. Take the AL-181 exit, exit #38 (Daphne-Spanish Fort). Take a right turn onto AL-181. Club entrance 1/4 mile on left.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Playing the course the first time, I always recommend playing to the 150 yard posts. For most holes, it takes away the trouble and puts a small iron in your hand to attack the greens. If you get to aggressive, you can get into trouble really quick.
Our sprinkler heads show 3 numbers providing distances to the front, center and back of the green.
Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
Course conditions have been improving every year I have owned the golf course. The course is in great shape and worthy of the praise we receive from our members and traveling golfers.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
2008/2009 Golf Digest Best Places To Play
Many local/regional publications have rated us the top course in the area.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Magnolia - Hole #2
A tight long par 4 that drops to a gully after the 150 yard stake. Your second shot is going to be long, back up to an elevated green. It is one of the more challenging holes on property.
Pines - Hole #8
This hole has been ranked by several golf publication as one of the "Top 10 Toughest Holes in Alabama." A long par 3 that requires being below the hole as the grain runs back to the tee. If you are above the hole you will have a lightning fast putt. Two putting on this green is a feat in itself.
Dogwood - Hole #7
This long par 5 dogleg left looks very ominous from the tee. A large lake protects the left side but there is plenty of room to the right. The elevated green is protected by sand on both sides, so take plenty of club to get to the pin. My advice is to take what the golf course gives you and stay away from the trouble. Golfers either love or hate this hole. When played well it is an easy par. If you get intimated by the water, you can make double pretty quick.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is the 19th. (chuckle, then pause). Well, we do have 27 holes here, so technically the 28th.
All joking aside, my favorite hole is #8 on the Magnolia. The hole sets up for my eye. Your tee shot requires you to take it over the marsh to a dog leg left par 4. Once again I play to the 150 marker to set myself up for a par.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
My favorite is the Reuben sandwich. Every weekday we have a daily special so our menu is always changing. Our chef also showcases freshly made deserts. Our members rave over his sweet creations.
Tee Box Stats
Course Rotations, Slopes and Ratings
Magnolia to Dogwood Rotation:
Gold Tees: Slope 141, Rating 74.8
Blue Tees: Slope 133, Rating 71.8
White Tees: Slope 121, Rating 69.3
Green Tees: Slope 116, Rating 66.5
Red Tees (Ladies Rating): Slope 119, Rating 68.7
Dogwood to Pines Rotation:
Gold Tees: Slope 126, Rating 73.6
Blue Tees: Slope 124, Rating 70.7
White Tees: Slope 117, Rating 68.6
Green Tees: Slope 111, Rating 66.1
Red Tees (Ladies Rating): Slope 112, Rating 68.2
Pines to Magnolia Rotation:
Gold Tees: Slope 137, Rating 75.2
Blue Tees: Slope 132, Rating 72.5
White Tees: Slope 121, Rating 69.3
Green Tees: Slope 120, Rating 67.4
Red Tees (Ladies Rating): Slope 119, Rating 69.5
TimberCreek Golf Club
9650 TimberCreek Blvd
Daphne, AL, 36527
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Written By: Brian Weis
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