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At 1,582 feet, the highest point in Huntsville, The Ledges offers an 18-hole Championship Golf Course like no other in Alabama. Play for the Challenge, Stay for the Legendary Experience!
All along, the goal of The Ledges developers has been to preserve the mountain's natural beauty while creating a world-class golf course as well as an upscale clubhouse. The rock formations and rolling plateau atop the mountain provide eye-catching features for both the residential neighborhood and the nationally recognized golf course.
Of the 750 acres set for development, 450 acres were set aside as a natural green belt that rings the mountain to ensure its undisturbed natural beauty, protecting it from future development. Two hundred fifty acres of the land are now a nationally recognized golf course, while 150 acres are being used in the mountain's residential development.
The award winning 18-hole course was designed by Hurdzan/Fry GCD, Inc. and first opened in 2000. Designer, Michael Hurdzan, was named Designer of the Year in 2003 by Golf Magazine for his work at The Ledges. Situated 1,582 feet – the highest point in all of Huntsville – golf members will experience breathtaking panoramic views of the valley, downtown Huntsville, and even the Space and Rocket Center. Bent Grass Greens, Zoysia Fairways, and Bermuda Rough make up the landscape of the course. Designed with 5 different tee sets, sculpted greens and fairways, and challenging bunkers, the course offers golfers of all skill levels an outstanding golf experience.
Recently, Michael Hurdzan was chosen to be the recipeint of the 2013 Old Tom Morris Award by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). GCSAA's most prestigious honor, the Old Tom Morris Award is presented each year to an individual who "through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris." Morris (1821-1908) was the greenkeeper and golf professional at the St. Andrews Links Trust Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland; a four-time winner of the British Open (1861, '62, '64 and '67); and ranked as one of the top links designers of the 19th century. Previous winners include Arnold Palmer, Bob Hope, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Nancy Lopez, Nick Price and Peter Jacobsen, among others. The award was presented to Hurdzan during the 2013 GCSSA Education Conference in San Diego at the Opening Session.
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The USGA rates the course for a scratch player at 75.3 and handicaps are adjusted via a slope rating of 136 which nears the top of the max 155 value. If it’s challenging golf with a gorgeous landscape that you’re looking for, you’ll certainly be impressed with The Ledges!