The ‘Legend’ Behind Our Legendary Golf Course



A handshake was all it took.  A handshake and a gentleman’s agreement that the newly sold 1,550 acres would be used to build a golf course.  And not just any golf course – Birmingham already had enough of those – but a superior championship course.  While this was no small feat, an impassioned love for golf drove the late Hall Thompson to this extraordinary goal.  Succeed, he did.

An announcement was made in September of 1975 that Jack Nicklaus, one of the greatest golfers of all time and a course architect of no small measure, would design the much-anticipated course.  By November 1, 1977 the course was completed & open for play.  Since that day, Shoal Creek has earned a reputation as one of the most beautiful courses in the U.S. and hosted events such as the PGA Championship, the U.S. Amateur, USGA and NCAA major events, and the Regions Tradition.  Shoal Creek is also set to host the U.S. Women’s Open in 2018.   The course is consistently ranked in the top 100 courses in the country by Golf magazine, and has been played by many ‘golf greats’ including Tiger Woods and Wayne Grady.  It would seem even Mr. Thompson didn’t set his sights high enough…Shoal Creek is the stuff most golfers only dream of.