Goose Pond Colony is 40 minutes east of Huntsville, 45 minutes west of I-59 at the Fort Payne exit on the Tennessee River’s Lake Guntersville, surrounded by the Cumberland Mountains. There’s two 18 hole championship golf courses here, the original “Colony” course, and the newer Plantation layout. It’s a municipally owned resort that has lakeside cottages, a lodge, campgrounds, a full service marina, meeting facilities, restaurant, swimming pool, and beach area on the Lake. The golf courses are open to the public, whether you’re staying on the property or not.
The Colony Course is a George Cobb design from the early 1970′s, a parkland style of layout over relatively flat land with views of the Lake from every hole, and seven holes right on the Lake. A good test at 6,800+ yards from the tips, 71.7/125, course/slope, but with a variety of shorter tee boxes. There’s a mix of holes with risk/reward and forced carries, some tight and tree lined, while others open up off the tee. It’s well bunkered, but mostly around the greens, there’s a fair amount of water in play, the greens good sized and accommodating.
The Plantation course was designed by Don Croft and Phillip Green in the 1990′s, and from the tips plays to 6,854 yards, 71.7/125, course slope. It’s located a few miles north of the resort, and partially routed through a residential community. It’s secondary to the Colony layout, a more open and forgiving layout without a lot of water, sand, or trees in play, and has been certified by the PGA as a Tee It Forward course. It has been closed recently to upgrade the greens to the Mini Verde, and will re-open in the spring of 2014.
Goose Pond Colony is included as one of the best golf courses in Alabama as featured in the Forelinksters’ guide.