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Highland Park Golf Course reopens following renovation

Alabama's oldest golf course undergoes 7-month project that includes rebuilt greens and bunkers

Birmingham, Ala. (March 4, 2020) – Highland Park Golf Course in Birmingham, Alabama, the state’s oldest golf course, reopened for play on March 2nd following a seven-month golf course renovation project. Renovation work began in August and included modernization of golf course bunkers and putting surfaces. Landscapes Unlimited oversaw the renovation.

The 13th hole at Highland Park Golf Course in Birmingham, Ala.

Modernization of Highland Park’s bunkers included rebuilding bunkers using the Better Billy BunkerTM method which provides a technically advanced drainage and liner system, while providing optimal playing conditions much deeper into the life of the bunker. Top golf courses around the nation including Hazeltine National, Sage Valley and Muirfield Village have adopted the Better Billy Bunkers.

All 18 greens as well as the practice green were rebuilt and resurfaced with an AU Victory Bentgrass to provide guests with a smoother, faster and more consistent putting surface. The bentgrass was developed by Auburn University’s Turfgrass Research Team and thrives in the high humidity and heat of the region.

The renovation project was done in partnership with the City of Birmingham, the Birmingham Parks & Recreation Department and Honours Golf, Highland Park’s management company.

“We’re excited to debut the newly renovated golf course to our loyal patrons,” said Highland Park Golf Course’s Director of Golf Evan Godfrey, PGA. “The public/private partnership with City of Birmingham and Honours Golf is outstanding and allowed this project to come together and flourish.”

This spring and summer, Highland Park will host happy hour golf clinics, Get Golf Ready clinics and junior summer camps on the practice range as well as Thursday afternoon golf leagues on the golf course. The course also offers a variety of 9 and 18-hole rates to fit most any budget. For more information or to register for the clinics, camps or leagues, visit

For more information on Highland Park Golf Course, visit or call 205-322-1902

About Highland Park Golf Course
Highland Park Golf Course is professionally managed by Honours Golf, a division of Troon. Highland Park was originally established in 1903 as the Country Club of Birmingham, making it the oldest golf course in Alabama. Highland Park has been the site of many important golf events including one of renowned golfer Bobby Jones's first victories. At the age of 14, Jones played and won the Birmingham Country Club Invitational held at Highland Park. In 1927, the Birmingham golf course opened to the public. In 1955, the golf course was named for Charley Boswell, a Birmingham native, WWII veteran, and 17-time National Blind Golf Champion. His namesake continues to distinguish the greens at the Highland Park golf facilities.

About Honours Golf
Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., Honours Golf was founded on a vision to provide award-winning golf courses with unparalleled course conditions, hire dedicated team members who share a passion for golf, and deliver impeccable personalized service. As a result, Honours Golf has grown to become the Southeast's leading golf course development and management company. In 2014, Honours Golf was acquired by Troon and operates as a subsidiary of the global brand. Honours Golf currently operates 23 award-winning daily fee, resort and private club facilities including the King & Bear at World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine, Fla.; Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, Miss., Craft Farms Golf Resort and Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala. For more information on Troon’s Honours Golf Division, visit

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 440-plus locations around the globe, including managing 485-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 43 states and 31 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include The Club at Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, Florida; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Mauna Lani on the Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i; Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; and Brookwater Golf & Country Club in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. For additional news and information, visit

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