Whether you are a die-hard fan of golf or have never set foot on a golf course, golf is a peaceful activity that nearly everyone can enjoy! Not only is it the perfect sport for the Fall weather, but it is also a COVID-safe outdoor activity to safely enjoy with a close group of friends. We have gathered a list of four public courses located near or around Tuscaloosa that feature full 18-hole courses, as well as places for you to gear up before your round. Set aside some time to take a break and take a swing at some of the sensational and serene public golf courses around the City of Tuscaloosa! Some of these courses even have rentable clubs so call ahead to reserve them if you’re in need of a set. While planning your day on the links, as always, bring a mask along with you in case you will be indoors around others!
Hidden Meadows is a public golf course in Tuscaloosa that winds in and out of tree-lined fairways and a fairly-tricky terrain through and through. Although it may prove to be a test for players, this golf course is a beautiful setting to enjoy a pickup round of golf with friends on a peaceful weekend morning! This public course is located in Northeast Northport and features a Par-72 course with up to 6,828 yards of golf from its pro-level tees.
Characterized as “Affordable Championship Golf”, The Links AT Tuscaloosa Golf & Country Club is a great and affordable option for anyone looking to have a relaxing day on the course with a few friends! This course is a Par-71 with 6,195 yards of golf, located south of town near Lake Mimosa. The natural beauty of this course is what sets it apart from others, located right next to Mimosa Lake and featuring elevated areas for wonderful views. This course has its challenges but is considered to be enjoyable for golfers of every age and every skill level. So pull a group of close friends together and plan a trip over to The Links AT Tuscaloosa for an afternoon of driving and thriving on the golf course!
Tall Pines Golf Club at Woodland Forrest Country Club
The Tall Pines Golf Club is a Par-71 golf course located on the Southeast side of Tuscaloosa that features professionally-curated landscapes all along the course. It is open all year-round, so it is the perfect course to truly hone your golf skills while enjoying time with friends or family outdoors. In addition to its fine golf course, Tall Pines Golf Club has a regular rotation of food trucks and events available to its visitors, so be sure to check their Facebook page ahead of time to see what is being featured! Tall Pines Golf Club is not only a wonderful place to bring friends for a round of golf, but it also a fantastic course to enjoy a round of family fun!
The Ol’ Colony Golf Course is a Par-72 championship course located North of town that features up to 6,494 yards of golf for pros and beginners alike! The landscape of this course features Bermuda grass fairways and greens, with 25 acres of lakes that sneak up on you on several holes. This championship course has earned the title of “Best Public Course in Alabama” by Golf Digest and “Top 50 in the USA” by Golf Week and is sure to live up to the hype. This golf course features The Bounce Back Grille, a food concession available to golfers enjoying the course. Additionally, Ol’ Colony features a Pro Shop for all of your golfing needs, featuring: golf-appropriate clothing, top-tier equipment, and must-needed accessories
Before heading out to the links to enjoy a day of golfing, make sure to stock up on the right gear for the activity! Golf is an outdoor sport and many courses have dress codes, so it is important to be dressed in the proper attire before heading out to your tee time. Tuscaloosa is home to several retailers with a wide selection of golf-ready attire from dri-fit polos to athletic baseball caps, with many of them sporting Crimson Tide colors and logos. If you’re around downtown, you may want to swing into The Shirt Shop, The Locker Room, or Christopher Mobley to name a few of our great retailers. All located within one mile of each other either on University Boulevard or in Downtown Tuscaloosa, there’s no better way to feel better about your game than by simply looking confident while you’re doing it!
Written by: Will Baggett
Safety is the top priority for returning to campus, but that does not mean sacrificing the ability to enjoy yourself and to enjoy new experiences, especially in the City of Tuscaloosa. There are plenty of ways to maintain a safe, physical distance while also enjoying what Tuscaloosa has to offer, whether it be the scenic views, rich history, or the one-of-a-kind businesses and restaurant culture of this city. Below, we have compiled a list of ways to stay socially active while also being socially distanced!
The different lakes located around Tuscaloosa have been a regular relaxation spot for students over the years. In order to have a fun and peaceful time, visiting one of the nearby lakes is a modern time twist on a classic activity for UA students. These lakes are not only wonderful places to swim and rent kayaks for, but they are also a peaceful spot to read a book and enjoy the nature of the Tuscaloosa area. What better way to substitute a library table or a lakeside picnic table? These lakes offer services that allow you to either rent paddleboards for the day, paddle your own kayak around to the different scenic spots along the lakefront, or layout at the beach to continue working on your summer tan! The most popular lakes around the City of Tuscaloosa to check out are Lake Lurleen, Lake Nicol, and Lake Tuscaloosa.
Civil Rights Walk
The City of Tuscaloosa has a history intertwined with the Civil Rights movement, and there is a presence of that history all around Downtown Tuscaloosa. Traveling through history along the Civil Rights Walk is a way to stay active outdoors and be proactive about the history and importance of the Civil Rights Movement to our city. Visit (website) to locate the markers located around Downtown Tuscaloosa and learn more about the lasting impact that the Civil Rights Movement has made on the history and people of the City of Tuscaloosa. Visit here to learn more about the Civil Rights Trail of Tuscaloosa and how you can find more and more resources regarding the Civil Rights Movement in Tuscaloosa.
Historic Downtown Tuscaloosa
Downtown Tuscaloosa is a relaxing area of town where anyone is free to walk around and wander from door to door to find something they feel drawn to. There are numerous boutique stores and businesses where eclectic finds are inevitable. If you’re looking for a new wardrobe, or maybe just some refreshing new pieces, check out Pause Boutique, Effie’s Inc., or Pants Store! Walking around Downtown Tuscaloosa is a peaceful yet adventurous activity for all to find unique local while staying active after months of quarantine. However, Downtown Tuscaloosa does feature a lot of locations that would require entering a building, so be sure to pack a mask and be safe when visiting indoor storefronts and shops.
Self-Guided UA Tour
The University of Alabama has a rich history that every student and resident of Tuscaloosa ought to learn and become familiar with. At the heart of it all is The Quad, which is filled to the brim with its own history but also offers one of the most picturesque areas of campus. A refreshing way to stay connected to the culture of the university while maintaining physical distancing outdoors is to take a stroll around the University of Alabama campus and soaking in the history of the many buildings and locations. Many locations, including the ones located on the Quad, include historical markers that indicate the historic significance of their existence (or previous existence) and offer a glimpse into what truly defines this university.
Enjoy the scenic nature of the Black Warrior River from the comfort of a relaxing hammock or a light jog along the riverfront. The Riverwalk is 4.2 miles of a paved trail that offers visitors a place to enjoy the outdoors in a way that is safe and distanced from others, and versatile enough that anyone can find themselves enjoying an afternoon out and about. The Riverwalk is a great place to go on a quick run, exercise on a bike, and walk your dog, plus offers serene and scenic spots for reading a nice book or enjoying a delicious picnic. Whether you are wanting to stay physically active through exercise and movement or if you are wanting to simply sit outdoors and soak in the sunlight and fresh air, the Riverwalk is a must-do.
Golf and Disc Golf
In order to stay distanced while remaining active, certain sports offer more distanced situations than others, like golf or disc golf. There are several public golf course options located near Tuscaloosa including Ol’ Colony, North River Yacht Club, The Links at Tuscaloosa, Indian Hills Country Club, Tall Pines, and Hidden Meadows. Each of these courses is available on weekends and offers a variety of offerings to satisfy the most serious players and to welcome the more introductory players. If you are more of a disc golfer than a traditional golfer, Bower’s Park is the place to be, thanks to a full 18-hole course primarily located on wooded terrain and featuring beginner and professional tees for players of all skill ranges! Whether you are driving a golf ball or a disc, these activities are a safe way to get back into the swing of things!
A staple of campus life is enjoying the food trucks that make their way onto campus or throughout Tuscaloosa. These days, food trucks are a great way to stay outdoors and distanced while also supporting local businesses of Tuscaloosa. Not only are you able to be smart about what you are eating, but you may discover a new favorite dish or new favorite dining destination! We offer a phenomenal variety with options like Catch a Taste, Aces Tuscaloosa, Cheese Louise Tuscaloosa, and Urban Cookhouse. Food trucks appear in various locations around the city, so be sure to plan ahead of time to be aware of where certain trucks will be located and what their menu will look like! Remember to wear a mask at all times except when you are eating in order to maximize caution and ensure the safety of yourselves and those around you.
Local Farmers Markets
A health-conscious and locally-oriented outdoor activity that everyone can take advantage of is enjoying a farmers market. In Tuscaloosa, a few wonderful options for outdoor farmers markets are Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market, Ingram Farms, Northport Farmers Market, and the Curbside Farmers Market. Shopping at a farmers market can expose you to new flavors to up your cooking game, and they support the local farmers that stock the markets. Be sure to wear a mask while visiting local farmers markets for the health and safety of yourself and the vendors working the markets!
Written by: Will Baggett
Father’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re having trouble thinking of the perfect way to celebrate your dad this year, we’ve come up with a few suggestions we hope will help.
1. Golf at Ol’ Colony Golf Course
What dad doesn’t love to golf? This Father’s Day hit the course with your dad and relieve a little stress. Spend the day bonding over 18 holes, and learn some pointers from the old pro. If 18 holes sounds like a bit too much, you and your dad can choose to enjoy 9 holes, or just a basket at the driving range instead. Either way, golf is a great excuse to spend time with your dad and pick up a few tips to improve your game.
2. Take a shot at Tuscaloosa Shooting Sports
Tuscaloosa Shooting Sports just opened in 2015 and has been a hit with Tuscaloosa’s residents ever since. The facility features driving ranges from 50 to 300 yards and 20 covered shooting positions. If this isn’t enough, there is also four handgun bunkers with two metal targets. Whether your dad is an expert with a firearm or just beginning, the range has everything he needs to sharpen his aim. This is the perfect way to enjoy a little friendly competition with your dad this holiday.
Let your old man take a break from the grill this Father’s Day and head over to The Avenue Pub for a meal cooked up by the experts. The Avenue Pub’s Bacon Burger has made headlines all across the state of Alabama and it will definitely entertain your dad’s taste buds this weekend.
With the relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and endless beer list, your dad will savor the opportunity to let someone else work the grill and pour the beer,
4. Fish for dinner at Lake Tuscaloosa
Lake Tuscaloosa is home to hundreds of aquatic wildlife and the perfect place to cast a line this Father’s Day. You and your dad can look for a secluded spot along the banks of the river or rent a canoe, kayak or even a pontoon boat to float in while you hunt for some dinner. Take your dad and take a break from the city crowds this holiday, and enjoy a peaceful afternoon catching fish and floating along.
5. Take a flight at Loosa Brews
Let your dad be the beer enthusiast that he is and take him for an enjoyable evening at Loosa Brews. He can choose from over 60 craft beers, most of which are brewed in Alabama. If he’s in the mood to try several he can order a flight, and if he really wants to heighten the experience, he can indulge in some competition with arcade games such as pinball, ring toss, and ping pong. At the end of the night, after he beats you in all the arcade games, you can reward him with a growler of his favorite beer.
And because we couldn’t just stop at five and leave out one of the best events of the entire weekend, we’ve added one more to the list.
6. Super Dad Day at Children’s Hands-on Museum
If you’ve got small kids and need a way to make Father’s Day special for both Dad and kids, this event is perfect. Take them to Super Dad Day where the kids can dress up in their favorite costumes, make gifts for Dad and meet Batman. This is the perfect event for Dad’s who just want to spend the holiday with their little ones.