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Carolina Greens Golf can offer you discounted rates to some of the most challenging golf courses in our area. Only in the south can you find courses of such beauty and skill levels. Most of the local courses along the Brunswick County coast are semi-private (open to the public with club memberships available) with a wide range of greens fees according to season and location. Prices at semi-private courses vary between $30 to over $100, and fees are highest at the more exclusive clubs and especially during the peak seasons of spring and fall when the Brunswick County temperatures are most comfortable.

Offering a fair mix of price and playing conditions, the Brunswick County courses also feature teaching professionals and an abundance of natural beauty. Below is a listing of the golf courses for which Oak Island Accommodations offers discounts to guests:

  • Oak Island Country Club

    A 6,800-yard George Cobb design, this course was carved out of a maritime forest of pines and oaks. Players will find a fair mix of elevated greens, water and bunkers, and occasionally an alligator or two, on long stretches of open, well-tended fairways that can bring in an extra challenge when the coastal winds are up. Five of the front nine holes are on water, and four on the back nine holes have water, so the challenge often comes from both the elements and the course itself, if not the player's abilities. For men's play from the white tees on a par 72 course, this Oak Island Country Club offers a slope rating of 117 and a course rating of 69.1.
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  • Bald Head Island Golf Club

    A private course that is available for non-member play, this 6,855-yard course is a par 72 course along salt marshes, 15 freshwater lagoons and tidal creeks with more than 800 acres of maritime forests, packing mile after mile of backdrop beauty for players to experience coastal golf as both a challenging game and a sightseeing excursion. To access this remote island located just off the Cape Fear River, players take a 30-minute ferry from the Southport's mainland dock and once on the island, take a waiting golf cart ride to the course itself. During play, golfers not only enjoy the habitats of egrets, ospreys, ibises, herons and alligators and pass by nesting areas of sea turtles, they also experience some of the best golf on the Carolina coast. A key element to everyone's game, though, is the wind, which on a calm day can range from 15 to 20 knots and on a winter's day up to 30 knots. Somehow Brad Faxon, one of the most successful playesr on the PGA tour, achieved the course record of a 65 from the back tees with a 20-knot wind and took a birdie on the 460-yard uphill 18th. The island's peak season (May through August when most second-home-owning residents arrive) leaves regular "peak" season play (spring and fall) wide open for golfers to take advantage of this fabulous course.
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  • The Clubs at St. James Plantation

    The luxurious area of St. James Plantation in Southport, North Carolina boasts of more than 80 holes of golf spread out on four golf courses. Each course features a beautifully appointed clubhouse offering services and amenities akin to those found in the most prestigious private golf clubs around the country, including a state-of-the art fitness center, indoor and outdoor water facilities, walking and biking trails, and eight clay surfaced tennis courts. Residents enjoy the North Carolina coastal setting with a private beach club and an Intracoastal Waterway marina. Click Here for more information.

    • The Reserve

      Designed by Michael Nicklaus of the Nicklaus Design Team amidst water and nature, The Reserves is the newest of the St. James' championship eighteen-hole golf courses. It is located fifty miles from Myrtle Beach, four miles west of Southport. With Bermuda grass fairways and an A-1 bent-grass greens, the par 72 course (7,100 yards from the back tees) is ideally located along the Brunswick coast, traditional in nature using surrounding wooded wetlands but challenging to all skill levels (slope rating of 123 and course rating of 68.8 from the men's white tees).

    • The Founders' Club

      Designed by P. B. Dye, this course lies 7,068 out across the coastal salt marshes and adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. It has a course rating of 137 and slope rating of 70.6, and golfers can expect rolling fairways and greens with surprising elevation changes. Its sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth holes require long tee shots over intimidating marshlands.

    • The Members' Club

      Opened in 1996 and the course was designed by Senior PGA Tour member Hale Irwin. Playing 6,887 yards, with a course rating of 116 to 121 and a slope rating of 67 to 68.2, depending on where one starts on the tee box, this golf course challenges players with the natural lay of the land. Though winds can be vexing, especially the 15th hole (par 5) with a squeeze down a 200-yard bottleneck in front of water, the course plays "user friendly."

    • The Players' Club

      Designed by Tim Cate, this course is both friendly and difficult, beautiful and yet rustic. Interspersing beams and bunkers, wild flowers and heather grass amidst with the beautiful natural landscape, this course is kept in excellent condition year round and has a special appeal .to experienced golfers (135 course rating and 71.7 slope rating).

  • Carolina National

    Designed with five sets of strategically placed tees, Carolina National is part of the Winding River Plantation along the Lockwood Folly River. Located along Route 211 near Southport, about two miles from Supply, NC, and has the course details to challenge everyone from course pro's to high handicappers. A 7,014 yard course (from the back tees) through oaks, pines, and magnolias, this environmentally friendly course features fast fairways, well-conditioned greens (course rating of 104 and slope rating of 63.4).
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  • Lockwood Folly Country Club

    Enjoying some of the most extraordinary scenery in the area, this golf course is a William Byrd creation along the Lockwood Folly River and Intracoastal Waterway (course rating 130, slope rating of 70.9). The 6,800 yard course dares players to dodge towering oaks and tranquil ponds along tight fairways, but the experience is worth the effort.
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  • River's Edge

    Located just an hour's drive north of Myrtle Beach, this challenging but fair course was designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer and opened to the public in 1999, overlooking the Shallotte River and marshland. With a course rating of 126 and a slope rating of 70, the course combines exquisite scenery and challenging golf on its 6,909 yard fairway experience, seven holes of which lie along the river or marsh.
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  • The Courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation

    Lying alongside U.S. Highway 17 near N.C. Highway 904, about equidistant from both Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, Ocean Ridge Plantation includes some of the finest golf courses in the entire Carolinas. Described by the Plantation as "big cat" courses, Tiger's Eye, Lion's Paw, Panther's Run and Leopard's Chase offer must-play opportunities to all levels of golfers. The newest course, Jaguar's Lair, is still under construction and due to open soon.
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    • Tiger's Eye

      A thinking man's course requiring precision shot-making, Tiger's Eye is at the top of its class with a rating of 135 and slope rating of 71.6, is considered upscale but open to the public. Carved from virgin pine and hardwood forests, this course gives players a sporting challenge of twists and turns on their way to bent grass greens, but the experience is worth the venture. It features a coquina-bordered waterfall and dramatic elevation changes.

    • Panther's Run

      This course features 7,086 (par 72) yards of premier course design. Designed by Tim Cate and open in 1991, this course "prowls" along the edge of a nature preserve, challenging golfers with surrounding marshlands. The course rating from the men's white tees is 133, and the slope rating is 70.8.

    • Lion's Paw

      Offering some of the most picturesque and yet challenging golf in the area. Target-oriented, this course has a series of subtle and hard doglegs, moundings along the fairways, and a well-maintained terrain. The front nine holes are more tree-lined, and the back nine are more water-bordered, and a golfer will have a great time on all eighteen with the greens being of average size. The course rating is 135, and the slope is 71.8, and repeat players know that they can make a good score on this course, that it won't beat them up.

    • Leopard's Chase

      The newest of the courses at Ocean Ridge, Leopard's Chase is a par 71 course tucked between the front nine of Panther's Run and the back nine of Tiger's Eye. Like the other "Big Cat" courses, this is a Tim Cate designed course with stunning natural vistas, expansive natural wetlands and dramatic elevation changes. Considered a step above Tiger's Eye in its capability to challenge golfers, Leopard's Chase makes the most of the area's water and marsh setting.

    • Jaguar's Lair

      This course is currently under construction and due to open soon.

  • Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation

    Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation is located just a few minutes south of Wilmington. Designed by Tom Jackson, the course has rolling bent grass greens, mounded fairways and two-tiered greens. With a nice mix of intriguing dogleg, picture-quality and challenging holes, the average hitter can play established, traditional golf and expect a decent score from this course. The rating on this course varies from 115 to 120, and the slope rating averages 68.6 for the men's white tees.
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  • Crow Creek Golf Club

    Crow Creek Golf Club, created by nature itself, is a golf course that takes golfers through pristine Carolina Woodlands. It has sloping bent grass greens with water on sixteen holes.
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  • The Lakes Country Club

    Formerly Fox Squirrel, this is one of the oldest golf courses in Brunswick County. The course plays almost 6,800 yards from the back tees. The course is unique because no two fairways run parallel to another, providing golfers an "all alone feeling" during an unhurried round. After being purchased by Foreward Golf, Inc.,the golf course has improved drastically and the already great layout is becoming well known for its turf quality as well as serenity and player friendliness.
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  • River Hills Golf & Country Club

    The terrain at River Hills Golf & Country Club demands that golfers use every club in their bag when they face the challenge of non-parallel fairways, grassy bunkers and frequent elevation changes of up to 40 feet. The clever placement of water, imaginative hole layout, well-manicured geens and four sets of tees on each hole create a game that golfers of all skill levels will enjoy.
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  • South Harbour Golf Links

    Located along the Intracoastal Waterway in beautiful Southport, NC, this par 54 course is both beautiful and challenging to golfers of every skill level. Whether you are an avid player or just starting out, you will enjoy the course's playability and a great round of golf. Great Country Club amenities and gracious Southern Hospitality.
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These courses listed here are only a few of the wonderful opportunities golfers have along the North Carolina coast. With year-round play very possible, even in rain or frost dates, the golf courses on and around Oak Island make this area a perfect place to stay and play.

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