Photography by Larry Holloway Photography may / june 2022
By Linda Holloway Sylacauga , Alabama
Kid Alert ! The next time you see your parents loading their golf clubs in the car , remind them there is fun for the entire family at Pursell Farms . The resort has rolled out the red carpet to the younger set with activities , games , biking , star gazing , and UTV adventures . Here , parents can introduce kids to the nostalgic days of their past childhood summers where wide-open outdoor spaces were key to adventures . Plus , fireworks will light the night sky during the summer holiday celebrations .
When you enter the resort , notice the contented Texas Longhorn steers along acres of rolling pastureland--oblivious to the beauty that surrounds them . Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the majesty of the location where you will find more than 3,200 acres of captivating scenery . Follow the winding road to family bliss at Pursell Farms .
How many times have you declared , “ I need a vacation after my vacation ”? The unhurried days at Pursell Farms are the opposite . Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains , this famous resort , known for its world famous FarmLinks Golf Course , is less than two hours from Tuscaloosa . The course was tapped by Golfweek magazine as the top-rated all-access golf course in Alabama . A comprehensive bunker renovation was completed in March .
There is something special about this family-owned property where Southern hospitality has reigned throughout generations of Pursell family members . I was lucky to have met CEO , David Pursell , and I can tell you that the vision lives on . Pursell ’ s sister , Chris , welcomed us with unmatched enthusiasm about the place she calls home . We couldn ’ t imagine improving the staff who were genuinely cheerful and helpful . We felt like we were visiting friends .
Family Fun on the Farm : Pursell Farms invites you to explore and connect with your family where nature becomes your playground . Here , kids are not tourists , they are adventurers . Start with biking . Larger bikes are complimentary for over-night guests . Be sure to bring bikes from home for the younger kids ; there are rental electric bikes as well . You will find three miles of picturesque walking and biking trails where rays of sunlight trickle through the trees--a sensory journey for the soul .
Take a leisurely horseback ride through meadows and wooded pathways with a guide . Orvis offers fishing lessons ( private fly-casting lessons and fishing schools ). Guests should call 855-799-2826 for information . New this summer is tennis and pickleball ( equipment provided ). The resort has recently added two pickleball courts to keep up with one of the nation ’ s fastest growing sports . Inquire at the front desk to reserve a court .
You can also enjoy playing basketball and bocce ball . If