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Golf aficionados who live in Southeastern North Carolina enjoy a major advantage over players who live in many other parts of the country. 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 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 $35-$50.

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 below and we’ve given you yardages from all the tees, as well as details on slope and rating. Enjoy.

 

Beau Rivage Golf and Resort

Beau Rivage Golf and Resort is an award-winning Wilmington golf facility (voted Best Golf Course by StarNews ShorePicks 2016-17, Encore Magazine 2017) that has become a popular tee time destination for players from across the country.

North Shore Country Club

You’ll find North Shore Country Club located in Sneads Ferry just before the bridge to North Topsail Beach. That location contributes to the natural beauty and challenging play that are the hallmarks of this course....

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