The venerable Lakewood Golf Club at The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, has seen a lot in its days. It has hosted President Gerald Ford, Dr. Billy Graham and Bob Hope, to name a few of the more famous players. It's been through renovations and hurricanes and still remains a showcase for great golf in the South. First built in 1947, Lakewood Golf Club showcases fairways lined with 200-year-old oaks and a dramatic signature hole, the 14th on Azalea.
Recently renovated, the new designs lend themselves to superb conditioning year round. With the addition or expansion of 10 water features over the span of the 36 holes, as well as other interesting architectural features, golfers are faced with decisions at every corner. Lakewood's two 18-hole courses alternate openings between Grand Hotel guests and Trail Card Holders, and Lakewood Golf Club members. The varying degree of difficulty promises a memorable golf experience for both the novice and the experienced golfer alike. Where the Dogwood course might seem a tad bit easier, and the Azalea, more of a challenge, both courses can play to your liking depending on your selection of tees. With five sets of tees per hole, your decision should be rather easy.
Funded by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the renovation of both courses brings them on par with many of the great resort golf courses in the country. Lakewood Golf Club has several times been named to Golf Magazine's "Best Golf Resorts in America." Colony at the Grand, a residential development, overlooks the Azalea course at Lakewood.