Nestled in the hills and surrounded by countless leafy trees, FarmLinks gives golfers the chance to appreciate the man-made through the game of golf, the nature-made through golfers' surroundings, and the alien-overlord-made through their every thought and perception. In addition, a game at FarmLinks comes with a traditional Southern-style lunch in the clubhouse.
Competitors scale walls, slosh through trenches, and fall face-first into mud. They’re all racing against one another, but they share a single common goal—to Survive This Mud Race. The aptly named obstacle course spans 3–4 miles, facing racers with at least 15 challenges designed by former Recon marines and Ironman triathletes. The resulting network of mud-slicked ropes, tires, climbing walls, and pits leave challengers dirty, but proud. After they cross the finish line, they can show off their event T-shirts and medals as they tell gripping tales of conquering the obstacles over a beer at the after party.
Designed by Bill Scarborough in 1962, Pine Hill Country Club's course wends golfers through 18 holes spread out over verdant fairways, which are dotted with ponds and lined with pine trees. The 6,357 yards of playing grounds challenges players throughout the par 72 course, including hole 17, which features a scant 250-yard drive and a green protected by a water hazard on three sides. An onsite pro shop stands ready to bolster players' gear collections with an arsenal of golf necessities, from clubs to bags of ice for nursing bruised egos.
Set on sprawling farmland, Vizzini Farms Winery bottles a diverse selection of wine crafted from West Coast and Alabama vinifera grapes. Daily tours sneak groups behind the scenes of the second-generation Italian family?s winemaking process, which yields riesling piqued with tropical fruits and pinot grigio that's as lively as a 30-piece kazoo orchestra. A charming tasting room recalls a sunny Italian caf?, with warm yellow walls, racks of wine, and bistro tables ideal for gathering over a bite of deli fare and Italian-style desserts. On warm days, the spacious patio is open for enjoyment, providing views of surrounding vineyards and breezes with notes of black currant, citrus, and oxygen.
Since rolling out the green carpet in 1955, the emerald alleyways of Montevallo Golf Club have beckoned club-swingers to tackle its 6,000 yards of 18 Bermuda-grass holes year round. Bunkers speckle the par 71, beckoning errant golf balls to spend the day sunbathing in their sandy beaches. Players hone their swings at the driving range, and dedicated golfers can augment clubs and accessories with gear from the pro-shop.
The 2.38-mile winding track at Barber Motorsports Park plays home to the three exhilarating races set to zoom amid early spring greenery on this fully charged Sunday. Claim a perch on the hillside-grass seating or pump frenetic fists in the grandstand-seating area for the Star Mazda series as it whisks its four-wheeled velocity carts past your rapt self, then take in the revved up Firestone Indy Lights Race where vrooming vehicle masters take the helm of launched earthships. The IZOD IndyCar Series Race boasts gargantuan names in the whipfast world, including Danica Patrick, Helio Castroneves, Dario Franchitti, Will Power, and Peregrine "I Don't Need This Helmet But It's Regulation" Falcon. Acceleration aficionados can rest their own speed-hungry motors in the free parking lot at Birmingham Race Course on John Rogers Drive, with convenient track shuttles available. Otherwise, fleetness fans can opt to pay an additional, purchased-in-advance charge for on-site parking at the Barber Motorsports Park.