Golf News for Monday, October 7, 2013 | Courses

Alabama's FarmLinks Golf Club at Pursell Farms hosts pace-of-play day

SYLACAUGA, Ala. -- FarmLinks Golf Club at Pursell Farms - located an hour from Birmingham and ranked the No. 1 public course in Alabama - is hosting an experimental, open-to-the-public day of golf on Saturday, Nov. 2 with a goal of keeping all rounds at or around 3.5 hours.

Guests will be encouraged to play "ready golf" on every shot, maintain pace with the immediate group ahead, keep lost-ball searches to one minute or less, restrict the use of ball markers on the green and more. FarmLinks will record data from the experiment to determine which strategies were most beneficial, what areas need improvement and provide additional methods to aid pace-of-play.

For a special rate of $99, nearly 30% off the regular green fee, participants will receive all-you-can-play-golf, cart, a Southern-style lunch, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, unlimited use of the practice range and a "FarmLinks 3.5 Club" golf hat.

Tee times must be made in advance and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis by calling 256.208.7600 or emailing Director of Golf Terry Davis at

"As the world's first and only research and demonstration golf course, FarmLinks has the unique opportunity to offer feedback and insight to the industry regarding these pace-of-play suggestions," said Pursell Farms CEO David Pursell. "We will seek to prove that a full field of golfers can play 18 holes in less time, while still enjoying the game and not feeling rushed."

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this season, the Hurdzan-Fry designed FarmLinks Golf Club features a mix of dramatic elevation changes with pristine fairways and greens. In addition to being named the top public-access course in Alabama by Golfweek, FarmLinks has garnered numerous other accolades, including making Golf Digest's list of the "75 Best Golf Resorts in North America." FarmLinks is also a living agronomic laboratory in which more than 10,000 superintendents and turf specialists from around the world have visited to learn best practices during the last 10 years.

Pursell Farms is a boutique family-owned resort located on 3,500 pristine acres and offers on-property fishing and hunting, clay shooting, fresh farm-to-fork dining, flexible meeting space, wedding services and more.

To learn more about Pursell Farms call 877.292.3276, visit, or "Like" us on Facebook at
About Pursell Farms

Established in 2003 by the Pursell Family and located at Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Ala., Pursell Farms includes a one-of-a-kind research and demonstration facility and FarmLinks Golf Club, an 18-hole, 7,444-yard championship golf course that is open to the public. The company's cutting-edge environment also offers high-tech meeting spaces, deluxe lodging options and first-rate fishing and wildlife habitat with 5-stand clay shooting range and unique hunting adventures.

To learn more about Pursell Farms, visit

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