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Alabama State Parks Rebrands Golf Courses
Public Asked to Suggest Trail Name
Alabama State Parks announces that its six golf courses have been given new names and newly designed logos. This is part of a rebranding plan to promote the individual courses and to combine all six courses as part of a statewide golf trail. As part of the rebranding, the courses will also be rated, sloped and handicapped for the Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) system.
The new course names are:
  • The “General” at Joe Wheeler, Joe Wheeler’s rank in the Confederate Army.
  • The “Oaks” at Oak Mountain, which represents the wide variety of oak trees in the park.
  • The “Sanctuary” at Lakepoint, which represents the nearby national wildlife sanctuary.
  • “Deer Haven” at Roland Cooper, which highlights the large local deer population.
  • The “Refuge” at Gulf State Park, represents the nearby national wildlife refuge.
  • The “Eagle’s Nest” at Lake Guntersville, honors the return of the nation’s symbol to Alabama.
The next phase of the rebranding is to give the golf trail a name. Starting December 1, the public is invited email suggestions for what the trail should be called. Suggestions should consider the individual course names and provide an idea that incorporates all the names into a cohesive title.
To submit your idea for the golf trail name, email it along with your contact information to The trail name will be chosen in early 2012.

Lake Lurleen Hosts Dec. 10 Run
Lake Lurleen State Park will host the Third Annual Nicholas Wilson Memorial Tashka 50K and 25K run on December 10, 2011. Registration forms may be found at There will be no race day registrations. A $3 park entry fee will be taken up at the park entrance on race day (not included in race registration).
This course consists of mostly single-track, with constant climbs and descents including a few very steep climbs. The trail surface includes sand, dirt, grass, rocks, roots, pine straw, small tree stumps, wooden bridges, maybe some mud, lots of leaves, and some asphalt.
The Tuscaloosa Track Club sponsors this event along with The Athlete’s Foot and Hammer Nutrition. For more information, visit

Tips from the Pro
By Harry Dwyer, Gulf State Park Pro Shop
Lesson # 8 – CHIPPING, Pt. 2
Chipping badly can really ruin a round of golf and also deflate one’s confidence. Simply put, you want to select a club with enough loft to get the ball airborne over the rough and the fringe and get it rolling on the green.
Select a sand wedge to an 8 iron, depending on the length of the chip. Move the ball back in your stance, keep your hands forward and use your putting stroke. Easy . . . remember that the length of your swing will determine how far the ball will carry.
With a lot of practice you will master chipping and watch your scores come down. Have fun and keep on golfing. 
— Harry
Harry Dwyer is a 28-year veteran of the Professional Golfers’ Association and an alumnus of the University of Alabama.

Through 3/23/2012
Join us for fitness classes each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Gulf State Park Activities Building located in the campground. Early Bird class at 8 a.m.; Prime Time class at 9 a.m., and Aerobics at 9:45 a.m. Free to park guests.
Fun for all ages. Relax in the simple joy of being a kid again as you build and decorate your candyland cabin! December 3 workshop includes a visit from Santa! All participants receive a discount toward their room as well. Come and discover the world of edible imagination with us. For more details call 1-800-846-2654 or email
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday-themed crafts and ornaments, handmade jewelry, gifts with a natural theme, jams, jellies, preserves and baked goods with proceeds benefiting the Alabama Wildlife Center. Free to the public after paid admission into Oak Mountain.
Judging begins at 4:30; Line-up at 5:30, and Parade at 6 p.m. To participate in the parade, call Denita at 256-247-6971 or email Traditional holiday meal served in Daniella’s-in-the-Park beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Park Restaurants
Offer Holiday Meals
Are you unable to cook this Thanksgiving weekend? Let a state park restaurant do it for you. Visit DeSoto, Joe Wheeler, Lake Guntersville, Cheaha or Lakepoint and leave the cooking to them! Visit for restaurant hours.

Watch for State
Parks TV Ad
Alabama State Parks has launched a new television ad called “Alabama State Parks—Your Other Back Yard.”  Stations across the state will be playing the ad through December. Take a look!

Outdoor Alabama
Is Perfect Holiday Gift
Gift subscriptions to Outdoor Alabama magazine are perfect for the outdoorsperson on your list. They will remember you all year long as they receive five issues packed with beautiful photos and information about hunting, fishing, parks and more. Each subscription includes the annual Conservation Calendar and Directory. Subscribe online.

Give Us
Your Feedback
To make sure we are providing the best possible visitor experience, we’re asking for feedback on your park visit.
Online surveys are available for day-use visits, dining and overnight stays.
Whether you camped or stayed in one of the cabins or hotels, please tell us about your stay. Click here to fill out a survey.

November 2011 Alabama State Parks eNewsletter

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