Bent Brook Golf Course

Course Details

Bent Brook Golf Course

Windmill

Brook(9 holes), Graveyard(9 holes)

7900 Dickey Springs Rd
Bessemer, AL 35022-6378

(205) 424-2368

Regulation

Daily Fee Facility

Real Estate Development

27

1988

Paul Gamble

Ward Nothrup/(R)James Lee, David Smith

$56 weekend
$46 weekday
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Overall Rating 4 out of 5 based on 114 user reviews
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06/28/22
Excellent course. Wide open and in great shape
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06/27/22
I would call this my home course and I enjoy it.
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06/19/22
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06/19/22
Great shape and greens were perfect.
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05/23/22
Fun course
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05/22/22
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05/19/22
Always a good experience
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05/02/22
Good
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05/01/22
Great track.
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04/22/22
Always fun
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04/10/22
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03/19/22
Great course
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10/07/21
Overpriced
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09/06/21
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07/01/21
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06/22/21
Great
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04/21/21
Great!
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12/06/20
Always a great place to play
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06/28/20
Great course
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06/16/20
Great course conditions today.
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06/11/20
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01/12/20
Bent Brook Golf Club is a Birmingham area original and is unlike any other golf course in the area. Bent Brook offers golfers three unique nine-hole designs: The Brook, Graveyard and Windmill. Depending on the daily order of play, golfers can enjoy three separate 18-hole layouts that never play the same way twice and you’ll never get tired of playing. Each nine hole layout is unique in its own right and has helped Bent Brook rightfully earn its spot as one of the premier golf courses in central Alabama. Bent Brook opened in 1988 and in 2016 the Brook and Graveyards courses underwent a complete renovation. Windmill’s makeover is slated for 2019.

Bent Brook is meticulously maintained and features Tifway 419 Bermuda grass on the fairways, Zoysia grass on the collars and green surrounds and AU Victory bent grass on their greens. AU stands for Auburn University where the grass was developed. Bent Brook was one of the first courses in the world to use AU Victory Bent grass and the feedback from golf course Superintendent Johnny Perry is that it’s one of his favorites because it is so heat resistant, something most bent grass strains lack.

The Brook Nine gets its name from the stream that comes into play numerous times as you make your way around the layout. The Brook is the longest of the three nines and plays more than 3,700 yards from the back tees. For the most part, it’s wide open off the tee, letting you swing away. Number 3 is the signature hole on this nine; from the back tees, the hole plays 219 yards. Move up to Tee III and it’s still no picnic at 166 yards. The beautifully bricked brook that winds its way down the right side of the fairway and then pools in front of the green was part of the renovation and has been made more pronounced. Bunkers guard the front left and back of the green. Number 4 is this nine’s #1 handicap and at 603 yards from the back tees, it’s a 3-shot hole for just about everyone. Three good shots that is. While playing the course with Director of Golf Mickey Wolf, he mentioned that some players will play down the adjacent fairway to take the trees in front of the green out of play and have a better angle into the green. According to Wolf, the green will be moved this winter, which will make this tactic a moot point.

The Graveyard Nine gets its name from the small family cemetery adjacent to the 8th tee that has been on the property since the early 1900s and is well photographed. Graveyard finishes with a challenging par 4 that plays 407 yards from the back tees. Water guards the right side of the landing area and a stream crosses the fairway twice – once at about 170 yards that shouldn’t come into play, the other at around 270 which could! In addition to the water right, you’ll need to avoid the bunker left, making this a tough driving hole. Success off the tee will leave a long to mid-iron into a long, narrow green protected on either side by sand. Par is a good way to end the nine.

The third nine – Windmill – is the shortest of the three layouts and will be undergoing a complete renovation starting in early 2020. The course is named for Bent Brook’s trademark windmill which has been on the property since the land’s earliest days as a dairy farm. Windmill has several interesting holes, starting on the second, a dogleg right par 4 that plays 384 yards and features a “church pew” type bunker with 8 “pews” about 50 yards from the green. Another hole worth mentioning is the 6th, which features a manmade elevated tee box that sits about 15 feet above the fairway. The hole is a sharp dogleg right with a slight risk/reward feature. If you’re a long driver of the golf ball, you can take dead aim at the trees on the right, fly them and you’ll have less than 100 yards in. The rest of us will simply play straight down the middle of the fairway and have about 130 yards in. Two bunkers guard the right side while the green slopes off on the left. The green may be small but can yield a low score.

According to Perry, big changes are coming for Windmill. Reconstruction will consist of significant changes to holes 6, 7 and 8. Six will feature a Redan green and the par 3, 7th will be lengthened to about 240 from the back tees and feature a Biarritz green with a four foot trough running through the middle. Johnny assured me the pin will never be located in the trough!

Bent Brook’s Golf Shop is the perfect place to find all kinds of logoed golf apparel and accessories with names like Puma, Titleist and Callaway. They also have a good selection of golf shoes and other accessories you’ll need for a successful round. The snack bar at Bent Brook may be small, but the food they putout is incredible. I highly recommend any of their burgers and sandwiches to go along with your favorite post-golf adult beverage.

As you’d expect with a course of this caliber, Bent Brook hosts a number of golf tournaments and outings during the year and provides an outstanding venue for tournaments, corporate events and personal gatherings. The experienced staff at Bent Brook will handle every aspect of your event making the experience easy on you and enjoyable for your guests. The incredible surroundings at Bent Brook, including their newly renovated course and clubhouse offer an impressive environment for tournament play and post-round socializing and celebration.

When it comes to learning or improving your golf game, Bent Brook offers several options. They are the home of the Hank Johnson School of Golf and a member of the Golf Channel Academy network of instructors. Hank and his team can put together a program that will meet your needs, whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned professional. In addition to the Hank Johnson School of Golf, Bent Brook offers golf instruction from top professionals in a state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor facility. Class A PGA member and Director of Golf Mickey Smith is one of only 13 PGA-certified golf instructors in the state of Alabama and has more than 30 years of experience teaching groups and individuals of all ages and abilities, including players that have won on the NGA Hooters Tour and the PGA TOUR. PGA Apprentice Jef Alcorn has been teaching golf at Bent Brook since 2011 and has been the head golf professional since 2013. Jef turned pro in 1995 and from 1998 to 2001 played the NGA Hooters Tour. Jef offers individual classes as well as junior and women’s golf clinics. Between the two of them, they’ll help you find your game.
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12/08/19
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11/21/19
Great
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09/22/19
Wide open. Greens in good shape.
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09/16/19
It’s great
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06/12/19
Awesome
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05/16/19
Nice track
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09/30/18
Back
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08/22/18
Well conditioned.
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08/07/18
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06/30/18
Course in great shape. Fairways and greens 5 star
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06/10/18
Great course in great shape. Some really long holes to humble you if you can’t drive it 250 !
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06/10/18
Great, fun course.
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05/18/18
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05/09/18
Players don’t fix ball marks on this course. But greens are good. Wide open fairways. Big greens. Lots of tees to choose from
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05/06/18
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04/15/18
Good course design
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03/11/18
Great
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11/03/17
My favorite course in Birmingham area!
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09/30/17
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05/26/17
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05/06/17
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05/02/17
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03/05/17
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11/30/16
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09/05/16
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08/16/16
Pretty open, fast greens, about average
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07/24/16
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07/20/16
Ok
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04/13/16
good
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02/18/16
Good
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12/17/15
Good
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10/17/15
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10/12/15
Ok
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09/14/15
Beautiful
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08/22/15
Love this fackin place
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08/09/15
Greens real soft
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08/06/15
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07/12/15
Ok
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06/26/15
Great.
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06/19/15
Like a ll the work they have done and see when it's all finished it will be even better
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06/01/15
Greens in really good shape
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04/01/15
Great course!!
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11/01/14
Ok
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10/07/14
Cool
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06/29/14
Very nice course, well planned excellent place for a round of golf
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11/25/13
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08/29/13
Good course
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08/22/13
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08/09/13
Great greens
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07/26/13
Greens as good as I have ever seen there. Course well maintained and in excellent shape. Beverage cart seen once but plenty of water coolers.
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07/13/13
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07/01/13
Ok
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06/25/13
Awesome! Love it!!
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06/16/13
In pretty good shape. Decent value Doug the week.
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05/19/13
Good
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05/18/13
Great
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04/13/13
Very good!!!
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02/24/13
Greens in good shape just to soft with all the rain.
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01/28/13
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11/11/12
Good shape
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10/27/12
No
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09/28/12
Good course :)
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09/22/12
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08/24/12
Good
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08/22/12
Great
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08/22/12
Good
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08/14/12
Very nice home course
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08/05/12
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07/18/12
Good
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07/09/12
Great condition. Good value.
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06/29/12
3 nines keep it fresh, big bent grass greens make putting fun.
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06/24/12
A little expensive, busy, but excellent condition.
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06/18/12
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06/17/12
Too crowded. Bottled up and long waits most on most holes. They tried to get too many groups off on this day.
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06/16/12
Nice course and was in good shape. Will play again this summer.
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06/16/12
Good
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06/04/12
Excellent course. GPS in carts. A bit expensive though.
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05/21/12
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05/20/12
Nice greens. Long course.
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05/16/12
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05/16/12
Sweet
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05/14/12
Course is in good condition
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05/06/12
Enjoyable
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05/02/12
Awesome!
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04/27/12
Probably my favorite course. I just live too far away (40 miles), or I'd gladly pay the $1500 yearly fee. What a bargain!
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04/21/12
Course is in great shape.
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04/07/12
Good forgiving course
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04/01/12
Best shape I have ever seen it
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03/18/12
Nice
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02/24/12
Great track! Love the layout and the price! Great staff, Paul and Jeff always take great care of us. Good food too.
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02/13/12
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09/15/11
Recent Scores
MEMBER SCORE RT/SL PLAYED
ledbetter 81 70.3/121 06/29/22
eguyotte 77 63.8/110 06/28/22
kkolb 76 71.2/126 06/26/22
bikefishgolf 86 69.8/127 06/24/22
Cfitts15 45 37.1/129 06/24/22
cheatham70 78 70.3/121 06/19/22
kkolb 79 70.3/121 06/19/22
JamesChafin 96 70.5/125 06/18/22
Gkeep25 88 70.8/123 06/07/22
joine004 92 72.9/131 06/03/22
sheheane 82 70.3/121 05/29/22
flip2627 86 72.9/131 05/28/22
ben725 115 67.3/114 05/27/22
clintmaroney 79 70.5/125 05/22/22
Gkeep25 80 70.5/125 05/19/22
ledbetter 87 72.9/131 05/19/22
Trying2Bbettet 83 72.9/131 05/18/22
sheheane 85 70.3/121 05/17/22
AtlantaReb123 86 70.3/121 05/15/22
kdodell1 94 71.2/126 05/14/22
rufus4107 80 69.3/126 05/13/22
kdodell1 98 70.5/125 05/13/22
RickyFlynn 109 69.3/126 05/02/22
kdodell1 92 69.3/126 04/30/22
sheheane 84 70.5/125 04/30/22
Scorecard
Course Tee Gender Rating Slope
Brook/Graveyard Gold M 69.3 126
Brook/Graveyard Red M 65.1 117
Brook/Graveyard Silver M 74.3 132
Brook/Graveyard White M 71.2 126
Brook/Graveyard Red W 69.9 119
Brook/Windmill Gold M 68.2 119
Brook/Windmill Silver M 72.9 131
Brook/Windmill White M 70.5 125
Graveyard/Windmill Gold M 67.9 115
Graveyard/Windmill Red M 64.8 108
Graveyard/Windmill Silver M 72.8 128
Graveyard/Windmill White M 70.3 121
Graveyard/Windmill Red W 69.7 121
Windmill/Brook Red W 69.0 116
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