With a combined 488 miles of coastline, North and South Carolina offer countless opportunities for superb golfing along the Atlantic Ocean. These fantastic golf courses provide challenging rounds with beautiful backdrops, and the Carolinas are home to some of the best golfing in the United States.
North Carolina has over 661 golf courses to choose from, with over twenty courses along the coast. The Currituck Club, in the Outer Banks, features 18 holes of par 72 championship golf, designed by award-winning architect Rees Jones. Rolling dunes, wildlife species, and seaside vegetation span the 6,885 yards, and perfect Bentgrass greens and Bermuda fairways lend to a fantastic golfing experience. Also in the Outer Banks region, the Nags Head Golf Links offers Scottish Links-style golfing designed by Bob Moore, overlooking the beautiful coastline of Roanoke Sound. With tees separated by rolling dunes and wild sea grass, and coastal winds sweeping the greens, the par 71, 6,126 yard course is sure to challenge even the more experienced golfer. Heading further south down the coast, to Wilmington, NC, visitors will find the Porters Neck Country Club. This 18 hole course was designed by Tom Fazio in 1991, and was significantly renovated in 2006. Measuring 7,112 yards and at a par of 72, this meandering course will please and challenge both amateur and experienced golfers.
South Carolina’s coastline is home to over 150 golf courses, and can be divided into three separate areas—Myrtle Beach, Charleston, and Hilton Head. Myrtle Beach is considered by many to be a golfer’s Mecca, with nearly a million golfers annually. The Barefoot Resort and Golf in North Myrtle Beach features four championship designer golf courses, designed by Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio, and Pete Dye respectively. Each course represents the unique vision architecture of its designer, however they are all similar in their vast yardage (each course is 6,800-7,300) and their breathtaking vistas of the Carolina Bays, Intracoastal Waterways, live oaks, and native vegetation. Traveling down towards the Charleston area, visitors will find the Wild Dunes Resort—36 holes of championship golf designed by Tom Fazio. The Links Course features massive dunes and fishing holes, with the greens framed by sea grass and palms. The Harbor Course offers a variety of water features, including salt marshes, lagoons, and creeks lacing the area of play. And in the southern Hilton Head area, the Hilton Head National Golf Course, designed by Gary Player and Bobby Weed, is sure to delight all golfers. The 27 holes of championship golf combine to a total yardage of 10,016, spread over 300 acres of beautiful Low country scenery.
SC is the top golfing destination in the US. South Carolina boasts over 300 golf courses in the state with the majority located on the Coast.
North Carolina doesn't have as many golf courses on the coast as South Carolina. NC has more parks and wildlife refuges. But there are some nice courses in the area. Its a good idea to call in advance or visit the website for reservations.
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