About Our Golf Course in Decatur, Alabama

Perhaps You've Never Heard of Architect George Cobb. Chances Are if You've Ever Vacationed in the Southeast, You've Played One or More of His Courses.
Burningtree Country Club is proud of its architect, George Cobb, as much a well-kept secret as Burningtree itself!
Born in Savannah, Georgia in 1914, Cobb grew up in a family of golfers. After graduating in 1937 from the University of Georgia with a degree in Landscape Architecture, Cobb served as an engineering officer in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. At Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, he was ordered to construct a golf course on the base to serve as a physical rehabilitation facility. It was likely at that moment that Cobb developed his design philosophy that golf was supposed to heal and to stimulate, not to punish.
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In the mid-1950s, Cobb set up shop in Greenville, South Carolina and took advantage of a booming golf development climate in the southeast to create more than 100 original designs, along with dozens of redesigns. Perhaps his most prominent design is his shortest course: The Par-3 Course at Augusta National Golf Club, which he completed in 1959 (with a little help from Masters domos Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts). Alister MacKenzie had first proposed an "approach-and-putt" nine-holer as early as 1932, but it took another 26 years before the short course concept was green lighted. He also designed Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, AL.
Burningtree Golf Professional Jim Settles
Golf Professional - Country Club in Decatur, AL
Make Burningtree Country Club Your “Sweet Home” in Decatur, Alabama for Top-Notch Golf and All the Amenities you Expect from Your Country Club.
Our Golf Course is 18 Holes of Challenging, Competitive Golf for Players of All Ages and Skill Levels. Mature, traditional. That's Burningtree, a course featuring Champion Bermuda greens and 419 Bermuda Fairways, providing you with optimal playing conditions for all skill levels. Spread over 150 acre, Burningtree is roomier than any course in town.
We feel both the “golf” and “country club” aspects of what we offer here at Burningtree is of the quality and level that you expect demand with your dues to a private club. Not every area course can lay to similar claims.
The practice facilities include a 300-plus-yard driving range, along with putting and chipping greens. Our Pro Shop offers the convenience of lockers, club repair, shoe care, bag storage, USGA handicap services and more. Our professional staff is ready to serve you by providing a pleasant atmosphere, along with the expertise to assist in all of your golf instructional needs.
Burningtree Country Club offers a competitive tournament schedule for the entire family, with a mixture of social events for your enjoyment.
Does Burningtree sound like your kind of club? Let's get you on the membership rolls. Call us at 256-355-5827 or click here.
Golf Players - Country Club in Decatur, AL
Let Jim Settles, Head Golf Professional, Give You a Quick Assessment of Play at Burningtree: While we don't really have a “signature' hole, you'll find challenge and enjoyment on our fine, risk/reward course.
Heed Jim's advice: "Your first six holes generally go a long way in determining your round. There are birdies to be had on the back nine, with a chance for salvation to your round."
Golf Course - Country Club in Decatur, AL
Best Par-5? Jim favors #7, which is a 606-yard slight dogleg left, dogleg right.
Best Par-3? Anticipate a challenging shot over water at #3. “If you're short, you're in it,” warms Jim. While not an island, it's close, as 90 percent of the view of the green is waterfront.
NOTE: to the far right 10 percent you can access the green without going over water
Toughest Hole? Without hesitation, Jim says #5, which from the back tees is a 460 yard, par-4.
Most Difficult Green...would be #18, a two-tiered green that slops from back to front, making for a tough finishing hole.
Playing Surfaces
  • Greens: Champion Bermuda
  • Fairways: 419
  • Tees: 419 Bermuda
  • We Offer Five sets of Tees, Ranging from 4,690 to 7,081 Yards
  • Inferno/Blue 7,081
  • Blaze/White 6,358
  • Fire/Black 5,845
  • Flame/Red 5,507
  • Embers/Yellow 4,690
Course Rating/Slope
  • Inferno/Blue 74.1/125
  • Blaze/White 70.7/121
  • Fire/Black 67.0/117
  • Flame/Red 69.7/120
  • Embers/Yellow 66.5/105
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We overseed the driving range and aerate twice a year (spring, summer) with as little interruption to your play and enjoyment as possible. Expect typical “seasonal” play for this climate – lively in the spring and summer, dormant in winter.