The Isle Dauphine Golf Club is back and improving every day.
Located on Dauphin Island in Alabama, it is a true links course with three holes rolling alongside the Gulf of Mexico. The golf club closed down in 2012 after operating as the island’s golf course since 1961.
But it reopened nine holes on Nov. 21, 2014, with the help of the current head pro, Dale Snellman.
“When it was closed, I bushhogged it for them,” Snellman said. “The grass had to be 4 feet tall. But the good thing is the integrity of the course help up during the closing.”
Snellman has a big place in his heart for the course. One, he has owned a house on the island since 1984. Another, the course was the site of his first PGA tournament win. Playing on the pro mini-tour, he defeated Pensacola’s Joe Durant, a former PGA Tour winner and current Senior Tour player, by one shot.
The other nine holes are expected to open in July. The current nine holes feature 5,600 yards from the white tees and 6,800 yards from the championship tees.
“We used to be rated a Top 100 course and our long-range goal is to get back there,” Snellman said.
Greens fee for the nine holes range from $25 to $45 and there are Snow bird memberships available.
The Isle Dauphine Golf Club is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to dusk. A driving range and practice green are available. Snellman offers lessons. Call 251-861-3176 to schedule a tee time or for more information.
The Grill is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner year round.