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North Carolina
Maggie Valley Resort, Maggie Valley
Jones Course at Sea Trail Resort, Sunset Beach
The geography of North Carolina ranges from coastal islands and lowcountry waterways to the sandhills in the center and mountain heights in the west. The course layouts take advantage of each region’s attributes.
North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands is also known as North Carolina’s Golf Coast—and for good reason! More than 30 courses near the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, just north of Myrtle Beach, offer a variety of designs by world- renowned golf course architects in a naturally beautiful setting.
Brunswick Plantation is one of the most sought- after resorts along the whole Grand Strand. With on-site condominiums and 27 holes of golf, designed by Willard Byrd and Clyde Johnston, it’s considered golf central for the coastal area. Another golf resort of note is Sea Trail, with three 18-hole courses and on-site villas. The courses at this resort were designed by Willard Byrd, Dan Maples and Rees Jones.
For over 25 years, Oyster Bay has been a favorite choice for golfers coming to the Grand Strand. It’s a challenging test with water coming into play throughout. Farmstead boasts one of the most memorable holes anywhere: its mammoth 767-yard 18th hole, the area’s only par 6. Carolina National is an Audubon-Certified Sanctuary
Golf Course designed by Fred Couples. Crow Creek offers a challenge for all golfers, with championship tees of 7,100 yards and perfect playing conditions year ‘round. The Arnold Palmer-designed River’s Edge is a must play. And Ocean Ridge Plantation is home to four exciting courses, known as the “big cats.”
In the most northern part of Brunswick County in Leland are the two newest courses in the area. Cape Fear National, a Tim Cate design, was named the 11th “Best Course You Can Play in North Carolina” by Golfweek. Compass Pointe opened in 2016 to rave reviews. The layout provides unusual elevation changes for its coastal locale.
Thanks to the Brunswick Islands’ secluded, un-crowded location, you’ll always find excellently-maintained courses, the perfect tee time, great golf packages and a game that tests your skills, no matter what level.
As most avid golfers know, the “Home of American Golf®” is located in North Carolina. The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area boasts 40 golf courses. Out of the nearly 600 courses in North Carolina, the North Carolina Golf Panel named 17 Pinehurst area courses in its 2016 list of “Top 100 Golf Courses” in the state. Pinehurst No. 2 tops the list, as it has every year since the
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