Golf Courses You Must Play in Wilmington NC

by Jun 9, 2017Beauty & Fitness, Greater Cape Fear, The Blog

Year around there are so many things to do for visitors and residents in Wilmington, NC. Golf aficionados will absolutely want to play a round on one of the Wilmington areas beautiful golf courses! The coastal landscape and water breezes make playing golf in Wilmington a pleasure year-round.

Here are some favorite Wilmington-area golf courses you won’t want to miss:

Beau Rivage Golf & Resort

Golf is one of the favorite outdoor activities in Wilmington NC

Beau Rivage Golf & Resort is a beautifully maintained, affordable semi-private club in Wilmington, NC.

The home of true coastal Carolina Stay-and-Play, Beau Rivage offers a stunning coastal landscape and a warm, inviting clubhouse. The par-72 golf course offers 40- to 75-foot elevation changes—unusual in a coastal course! Framed by Carolina pines, with Bermuda fairways and silky-smooth greens, the course is great for group golf getaways and company outings.

The clubhouse has a warm and relaxed feel and backs up to the putting green for pre-round warm-ups. There’s a pro shop, spacious accommodations in clubhouse suites, and full resort amenities like a pool, tennis courts, a tiki bar, and a full grill.

Cape Fear National

Recently named the “#11 Best Course You Can Play in NC” by Golfweek, Cape Fear National is a must-play course in the Wilmington, NC area. Their new GPS equipped golf carts provide the ultimate golf experience with features such as:

  • show time elapsed since beginning play
  • allow players to determine precise yardages
  • show hole hazards
  • give an aerial representation of each hole
  • track pace of play
  • allow players to order food and beverages right from the cart
  • message the course staff-keep score and email the scorecard to themselves after play
  • real-time tournament leader boards.

The course is located in Brunswick Forest and offers 18 holes of premium public golf in a gorgeous setting. Ponds and elevated tees are accessible by discreet concrete cart paths through the forestland. It’s scenic and challenging, but not extreme: Each fairway is 40 yards wide, and most greens are accessible from the ground. The bentgrass greens with gentle slopes are mowed daily. Cape Fear National fairways are 419 bermudagrass, while the bunker faces are zoysia.

After your golf game, dine at The Forest Restaurant in the 7,000-square-foot clubhouse with attached event lawn.

Castle Bay Country Club

Castle Bay Country Club in Hampstead NC

Castle Bay Golf & Country Club draws golfers from throughout the Wilmington NC area to its links course.

Just off coastal highway US-17 in Hampstead, NC is a challenging, Scottish links-style championship golf course. True to the Scottish tradition, the course demands excellent shot placement on almost all of the 18 holes. And yes, as on all links courses, you will want to factor in the wind!

There’s a practice putting green as well as a bunker so that you can improve your short game. Or hit a couple of buckets at the Castle Bay driving range. The golf course welcomes group outings and tournaments and features a pro shop with the latest golf technology. Lessons are available too.

North Shore Golf Course

North Shore Country Club is located in Sneads Ferry NC.

North Shore Country Club in Sneads Ferry, NC is a picturesque golf course.

The beautiful North Shore Country Club in Sneads Ferry combines natural beauty and challenging play. Architect Bob Moore incorporated natural areas with the beauty of coastal marshes to make an amazing golf course. Tall pines on the inland holes offer a respite from the coastal breeze.

The North Shore community has a wonderful lifestyle with golf, swimming, tennis, and club activities as well as a private oceanfront beach access on the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t miss the golf shop and clubhouse.

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