Pursell Farms has been a special place to both Smylie and me for a very long time. When I was 9 years old, my family purchased our dog, a golden retriever that lived to be 16 years old, from the Pursell family at their farm. Smylie played a lot of junior golf at FarmLinks, the championship golf course at Pursell Farms. His fondest memory of FarmLinks came in 2011 when he won the Alabama State Amateur here! For us, it has been absolutely amazing to watch the transformation that has occurred on the farm. The Pursell Family and staff have created a Southern destination which has evolved into a luxurious, relaxing resort with activities the whole family can enjoy!
When Smylie and I were discussing options for celebrating our one year wedding anniversary, we easily decided on a quick getaway to Pursell Farms! Just a short 45 minute drive from Birmingham, AL, escaping to the farm had been on our radar for several months. Taking a vacation in the middle of golf season is tough, but Smylie loves playing FarmLinks and knew he could still get great work done while we enjoyed all the other amenities Pursell Farms has to offer.
Lately the term “glamping” has been used to reference glamorous camping adventures. I’m not sure what the word for glamorous farm life would be, but Pursell Farms has mastered that concept! Beautiful green pastures and lovely lodging, accompanied by Southern hospitality with glorious panoramic views are just a few of the components that make Pursell Farms an extraordinary leisure resort!
Whether you are planning a get-away as a couple, a family, a golf group, or a retreat with your colleagues, Pursell Farms has a variety of accommodations!
This stunning luxury property, The Inn at Pursell Farms, with 40 guest rooms opened March 1, 2018. It is situated along the 18th hole of FarmLinks golf course. The rustic farmhouse decor is chic, yet cozy. Our balcony overlooked the outdoor pool, the 18th hole, and the beautiful vast farmland! The breathtaking views from our balcony and the spacious, beautifully designed bathroom were my favorite aspects of our accommodations.
There are 4 cabins on “Masters Row” which is located off of hole number 11 of Farmlinks. Each cabin has four double-occupancy rooms with private baths, a kitchenette, and a common area. In the back, they share a private putting green.
There are 3 cottages on property, two that look out over the 18th hole and one on Masters Row. Each cottage has 4 suites with two queens beds and a private bath in each. Cottages have a great room, a full kitchen, and a dining room! You can even hire a chef to cook for your group!
This 14,000 square foot lodge overlooks the gorgeous 17th hole and is a great place to gather with a large group of friends, family, or even colleagues. There are 8 suites, a great room, a full kitchen, a dining room, and a GAME ROOM! There is also a conference room for companies that visit for corporate retreats! (Must be booked in its entirety)
The Orvis Farmhouse
The oldest house on property, this home was built in 1830. It has 3 lovely guest rooms, a full kitchen, dining room, and living room. (Must be booked in its entirety)
Old Tom’s Pub
Old Tom’s Pub is a Scottish-American Gastropub with the coolest vibe! It’s a great spot to grab a drink, enjoy lunch, or visit for a casual dinner after an activity-filled day on the farm! The yummy cocktails at Old Tom’s Pub have such cute names, and of course I couldn’t pass up the “Fairway Fizz”! Smylie had the shrimp and grits pizza, yes you read that right, PIZZA! We thought it sounded crazy at first but our waiter convinced us how amazing it is and he was RIGHT! They serve all types of appetizers, creative (and traditional) pizzas, sandwiches (including an amazing burger Smylie had for lunch one day), salads, and entrees like steak and roasted chicken. I had the roasted chicken and it was delicious! (Seasonal veggies topped with balsamic-roasted chicken, so tasty!)
Plan to stay and hang out! Old Tom’s Pub has a pool table, shuffle board, and chess for your enjoyment. Also, you can sip on one of their yummy adult milkshakes while you play! (Non-alcoholic options available as well)
For a quick breakfast or lunch option before golf, stop by the Clubhouse grille!
(This section is written by SMYLIE!)
FarmLinks has always been one of my favorite golf courses to play in the state. As soon as you pull up to the clubhouse, folk music is playing and sets the mood for the property. The practice facilities are impressive and I love getting work done here.The golf course is very user-friendly meaning wider fairways, but the course can play very hard on a windy day, especially when you get to the scenic 5th hole which has a 172 foot vertical drop. Number 5 will be one of the most memorable golf holes you will ever play. It is very difficult to trust how far the shot is playing because of how large the drop is. Picking the correct club here is a must! There is a great mix of challenging Par 3s and fun Par 5s. It is a course that is great to bring a big group of friends and have a great time!
I really enjoyed staying on property and jumping in a golf cart from the Inn to head straight to the golf course. Not having to get in my car for several days was really nice.
Pursell Farms is home to the ORVIS® Clubhouse and Shooting Grounds: a wonderfully unique adventure with options like shooting sporting clays on the 12-stand course or taking a fly-fishing lesson!
The Spring House Spa is a boutique spa housed in a quaint cottage on the Pursell Farms property. Offering an intimate and relaxing environment, Spring House Spa has a wide variety of treatments for guests to choose from including massage, reflexology and body scrubs. Smylie and I enjoyed our massages and left feeling relaxed and refreshed!
UTV Rides and Horseback Riding
Explore the property
Walk/Bike the Trails
Enjoy the Lake
Such a great article !! Robert and Hunter keep the course in great shape ! Driving by it ever summer for the last 5 years has been great to see it all come together like it has. Can’t wait for more people to be able to experience everything they have to offer !