Play golf year round

Golf enthusiasts are extremely lucky to live in Southeastern North Carolina, where the warming influence of the Gulf Stream and Atlantic Ocean enables them to play year round. We see sunshine most days, with annual temperatures averaging between 52 and 74 degrees. Courses remain open so you can play even in January or February, when daytime temperatures average in the mid-50s.

Couple opportunity with more than 50 terrific public and semi-private courses, plus a selection of private ones, and you’ve got Golf Heaven, right here in the Greater Wilmington area. Greens fees around these parts vary according to the season, location, exclusivity, course difficulty and desirability, but always represent good value. For 18 holes, you can expect to pay anywhere from $30 to more than $100, plus cart fee; average is $30-$40.

Packages are often a good deal and they’re relatively easy to find, as are senior discounts and special group rates.

Feel like a challenge? Head for one of the top-tier courses designed by world-renowned pros. Maybe you’re more in the mood for a relaxed round, driving your cart along winding paths through a picturesque plantation. How about navigating the sand dunes and skirting water hazards just for the fun of it? All of these options are available at relatively modest fees.

Regardless of your level of skill, you can find a course to your liking, in your price range, within a reasonable driving distance.

The courses we’ve detailed here welcome visitors and the normal rules apply: proper attire (no jeans, cutoffs, or T-shirts) is required and metal or ceramic spikes are not allowed.

Some of our favorite public or semiprivate courses are characterized on this site and we’ve given you yardages from the longest, the middle and the shortest tees, as well as details on slope and rating. Enjoy!