When northerners anticipate Christmas, we don’t normally think of golf at the same time, except as distant memories of months past, basking in the sun. The Christmas season actually means snow-covered courses shuttered up tightly, and clubs stored on racks in c-c-c-cold garages with no golf in the foreseeable future. We simply revel in the newest Golf Digest or Golf Magazine, buy Christmas golf stuff, or even watch ‘silly season’ events on television because the Tours don’t start up until January. In other words, waaahhhh!!!!
But then via e-mail comes a Christmas Greeting so refreshing and welcome that I had to take the time to view it more than once. Not the politically correct ‘Holiday Card’ or ‘Seasons Greetings’ but a real, live celebration from wonderful people. FarmLinks at Pursell Farms is about an hour southeast of bustling Birmingham, Alabama, and though few people know about it, everyone should. FarmLinks is just as it sounds: part working farm/part golf facility. When visiting there in November, I didn’t really know what to expect. What I found was a place I didn’t want to leave. The Pursell family has lived on this 2500 acre farm for decades and recently fashioned it into so much more: championship 18-hole Dr. Mike Hurdzan/Dana Fry highly ranked golf course and practice facility; a one-of-a-kind research and demonstration facility where golf course superintendents can study the latest in agronomy and environmental turf developments; a fishing and hunting paradise where you can BYOD (Bring Your Own Dogs) or use the highly trained canines housed on the premises; 5-stand Sporting Clay course (ask Manager Greg Bolton who is the Queen of the darting rabbits?); state-of-the-art meeting facilities; and historic settings for parties, weddings, and other celebrations. Watch for a more complete story on Pursell Farms here in mid- February.
Meanwhile, take a moment from your busy holiday season and enjoy a few minutes of smiles……..