Having vacationed in Gulf Shores several times we have come to the conclusion that the Peninsula is the place to be. We just returned from two weeks and made the mistake of renting a beach from home in Fort Morgan. They plow sand like Chicago plows snow. Dust and wind every day overrides the views of the beach. We played golf at the Peninsula and Kiva Dunes and both courses were enjoyable and challenging to play. We thought the Peninsula property was the the most desirable. While it doesn't have the direct views to the gulf or bay it is low density, surrounded by pines and sheltered from the wind. Indoor/outdoor pools, tennis courts and fitness center and 27 holes of golf makes it hard to beat. The Peninsula also has a reciprocal agreement with the Beach Club which also give guests ready access to play on the beach if you choose.
We played here in June 2008 because we noticed how green the course was from the road. The rates were identical to Kiva, Cypress and Cotton Creek so we decided to give it a try. Again, June 2008 brought plenty of moisture to the area and the course was very green and plush. The greens, however were a little hard and the roll was slightly inconsistent. Some greens had sand, some showed mower tracks and some were smooth. Despite this I'd rate the greens at least a 7 out of 10. The layout was very fair (from the #2 tees- ca. 6500 yds). The GPS was very accurate and made for very fast play (3.5 hours with a 20 min rain delay) for our 3some. The setting was average with no real spectacular views or anything. One hole did approach Mobile Bay but play was away from the bay and the view quickly ignored. The course (Marsh/Lakes combo) was mostly lined with modest homes. Beer on the course was OK at $3 a can, the cart girl was frequently available. Kinda unique were were the free apples (ice-chilled?) on the first tee of each nine. The slope for our nines was 116 which was pretty accurate, the rating 70.6. I am very anxious to play the course again first because it was in great shape and second because its one of those, I know I can do alot better. In summary, the course is not that difficult (once you know how to play it) and should be fun for everyone in your group. Interestingly, it is a very up-to-date course featuring a 628 yd. par 5, if you need that kind of challenge. :)
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