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Oak Island Country Club

928 Caswell Beach Road,
Caswell Beach, N.C. 28465

Entwined throughout the dense maritime pines and oaks on Yaupon and Caswell beach, the Oak Island Golf Club provides golfers with more than just a challenging 18-hole golf course. Golfers also enjoy the lush and beautiful natural surroundings typical of the southeastern coastal regions. Player's will find all types of wildlife throughout this oceanside course, from waterfowl indigenous to the area and occasionally one can catch a glimpse of an alligator out in the waters.

The famous landscape architect George Cobb designed this course in 1962, while he was serving as a design consultant for the Augusta National Golf Course. The architect prided himself on designing beautiful and enjoyable course layouts and the Oak Island Golf Club provides golfers to experience a classic George Cobb design. The course spans a total of 6,800 yards and offers a balanced combination of water, elevated greens and bunkers throughout the lengthy wide extensions of pristine fairways. When the salty sea winds are high, golfers find these long stretches a bit more challenging than on calmer days. The course has 53 bunkers and water in play on nine different holes, five of the front nine and four of the back nine, so avid golfers will enjoy the challenge from the course design as well as from nature. To help polish and tweak your game, the Oak Island Golf Club offers players a complete practice facility with features such as a putting green, driving range and sand traps. The club offers Bermuda grass throughout the well designed course, a slope rating of 117 and the overall course garners a 69.1.

We've included a hole-by-hole highlight for the first nine for golfers to better understand the course layout as well as tips for playing each hole. On the first hole, generally you won't have much of an issue with the wind. While this hole offers a good chance for a birdie as many players with longer shots tend to go for the putting green in two. However, if you're not mindful, you can easily get caught up on the hazard that spans the entire left side of the hole with bunkers bordering the green.

Locals enjoy the second hole, but offer a mindful piece of advice to those new to the course: be sure to keep your drive down the right side so you will avoid hitting the bunker in the fairway. There is a rise in green elevation, so the second shot ends up playing 10 to 12 yards longer. Players also take notice of the large green slopes from back to front. The third hole, while seemingly clear-cut can often prove deceiving. A large sloping green can add a challenge to putting. Players must be careful not to short the green right, but not miss the left either. Many locals concede a three on this hole.

One of the more challenging holes, golfers will find hole four offers a challenging tee shot - you'll have to shot long and accurately to avoid the water (and sometimes alligators) along the entire left side of the hole. A second shot must pass the dog leg, so be sure to hit it strong and then simply hit the green and sink the shot.

The best advice for hole five is the drive your shot straight through the group of oak trees along the right side of the greens. Local tip: leave a relatively short open approach to a large green. This provides golfers with a chance to make up for any lost shots. Hole six is a longer stretch of fairway that commands a nice tee shot straight up the middle. Here you'll find the wind provides a factor in the second shot, so be sure to hit enough club to reach the green. This hole has a medium size slope on the green that goes from back to front. With a very tough putting green, hole seven offers golfers more of a challenge. Local tip: be sure to leave your tee shot below the hole and add one more club because of the elevated green.

If the wind is up, we don't recommend you cut the corners, or else you'll add unnecessary strokes to your card. Instead, hit the shot down the center of the fairway - this will leave a short shot to the green and provide a great chance to birdie. The hardest hole on the front nine, hole nine obliges golfers to hit a straight drive down the middle. You might have to use an extra club because of the rise in green elevation, but the wide area green will help with the approach. The challenge will be putting.

With a wide range of features and amenities offering the best in coastal golfing, guests able to experience a day at the Oak Island Golf Club will definitely return.

Contact Information

E-mail: rspangler@bizec.rr.com
Website: www.OakIslandGolf.com

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