Canebrake Golf Club Blossoming

Although it endured a rocky start, the semiprivate Canebrake Golf Club in Athens, Alabama has emerged as a top golf destination thanks to the efforts of the new owners, the Martin Group. The company’s principals, Jeff and David Martin, bought the course – then called Canebrake at Piney Creek – and the surrounding 850-acre site out of bankruptcy for $8.5 million in April 2000. Since that time, the developer finished the last six holes of the course and launched a going-golfing concern that enjoyed a grand “re-opening” last September.

The course is part of a master-planned community that will eventually involve 600 single-family homes. In addition to the golf course, the community contains a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse, green spaces and parks, swimming pool and cabana complex, tennis courts, walking trails, and a secure, gated entry. The club currently has 225 members; when it signs up another 125 members, it will turn private.

The Ron Garl-designed layout stretches 7,180 yards from the tips, where it has received a 73.8 rating and 136 slope. The course is managed by Mark Brooks Golf, and the all-Bermudagrass layout is conditioned by superintendent Shawn Hollis.

For membership information or a tee time at Canebrake Golf Club, call 256/232-2412.