The North Carolina Golf Coast stretches from Leland, NC to North Myrtle Beach and includes more than 30 of the world’s finest courses. With so many choices, how do ever decide where to play? You could base your search on course difficulty or type of grass, but if you’re interested in which courses have the most jaw-dropping surroundings, then we have the list for you! We have compiled the most scenic golf courses in Brunswick County as another way for you to decide where to make your next tee time.
1. Bald Head Island Club | 1 Saltmeadow Trail, Bald Head Island, NC | 910.457.7310
The Bald Head Island Club is a stunning 18-hole golf course that highlights the immense natural beauty of the island. While enjoying a gentle ocean breeze, you’ll wind through lagoons while the Old Baldy Lighthouse keeps an eye on your game. It was recently Ranked #7 in the state by Golfweek Magazine’s 2015 Best Golf Courses You Can Play.
2. The Founder’s Club at St. James Plantation | 4006 St. James Drive, Southport, NC | 800.245.3871
The coastal Carolina landscape is on display throughout this 18-hole P.B. Dye course that features play into and over a series of lakes and marshes with spectacular views of the waterway. Although The Founder’s Club at St. James is a member’s only course, we couldn’t do an article on most scenic golf courses without mentioning this beauty.
3. The River’s Edge | 2000 Arnold Palmer Drive, Shallotte, NC | 877.748.3718
Six of the holes at Rivers Edge Golf Club sit high upon bluffs that overlook two miles of grassy marshlands bisected by the bends and turns of the Shallotte River. The interior holes at RiversEdge are equally stunning with gentle elevation changes, freshwater lakes and paspalum greens. GOLF MAGAZINE ranked it among “Top New Courses You Can Play” in 2000, in 2008 and 2010 ranked it among “The Best Courses Near You.”
4. Carolina National | 1643 Goley Hewett Drive, Bolivia, NC | 910.755.5200
Carolina National is set along the Banks of the Lockwood Folly River winding through rich low country terrain, the course offers an endless variety of playing experiences. It has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the finest courses on the eastern seaboard. Carolina National Golf Club is also an Audubon-Certified Sanctuary Golf Course. This honor comes with the responsibility to uphold the principles of environmental stewardship such as maintaining a refuge for wildlife and a healthy environment.
5. Leopard’s Chase | 351 Ocean Ridge Parkway, Ocean Isle Beach, NC | 800.233.1801
One of the many distinguishing characteristics of this Tim Cate creation is the brilliant use of the natural and man-made water features that appear throughout the entire layout. The biggest architectural splash of all awaits on the 18th hole, where the steeply undulating green is fronted by a spectacular cascading waterfall. Named by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Best New Public Courses in America for 2007″.
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