- National and state recognition for being among best in the region
- 20,000 square foot Grand Clubhouse
- Full-service golf shop
- Tiger's Eye Grille with indoor and outdoor dining and views of the 9th green
- Executive meeting space
- Many holes and lakes framed by mammoth, native coquina boulders, which were mined on the original plantation
Ocean Ridge Plantation Golf:
351 Ocean Ridge Parkway SW
Tiger's Eye Golf Links
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
Tiger's Eye Golf Links, one of the "Big Cats" courses located on Ocean Ridge Plantation, is an upscale 18-hole golf course charging daily fees. Tiger's Eye consists of shifting Tiftsport Bermuda fairways and severely sloped G-2 Bentgrass greens at Tiger's Eye make it a challenging course that requires golfers to use precise shots and a reliable shortgame.
Built among a pine tree forest near Sunset Beach, NC, Tiger's Eye is set apart by its 60-foot elevation changes that are reminiscent of the sand hills of North Carolina. In addition to the elevation changes, a variety of natural areas, native grasses, wild flowers, waterfalls, marshlands and pine and oak trees combine to give Tiger's Eye a beautiful environment that is enjoyed by those who golf here.
Designed by Tim Cate, Tiger's Eye was a $10 million project and offers 18 signature holes. Cate gave Tiger's Eye a unique design philosophy, which focused on accenting the natural features of the land. Large, native coquina boulders, which were mined on the original plantation and at a nearby commercial mine, are found throughout Tiger's Eye. These boulders frame several holes and lakes at Tiger's Eye, and also helped to erect bulkheads found throughout the course. Upon its completion, it was nominated by Golf Digest magazine as the "Best New Golf Course in America."
The challenge of the course begins with the front nine, where there are five holes that require golfers to get shots over the water, and three holes where waste areas are set around oak trees that come into play off the tee. Moving on to the back nine, which is home to the most dramatic elevation changes, golfers will find five more holes where water is a barrier, a par 3 island green and a waterfall adjacent to the 18th hole.
Golfers enjoy the 20,000 square foot Tiger's Eye Grand Clubhouse, which waits for golfers at the 18th hole. A full-service golf shop, executive meeting space and the Tiger's Eye Grille are all located inside the clubhouse.
The Tiger's Eye Grille offers a great menu and a full-service bar, as well as both indoor and outdoor dining options. Golfers can grab a quick bite before they tee off, or they can meet here after their round of golf to compare stories. Beautiful lake and fairway views can be seen from the balcony of the restaurant.
- Hole 1
- Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 17; Ladies Handicap: 17
- Yardage - Blue: 377; Yardage - White: 350; Yardage - Gold: 313; Yardage - Red: 324
- A tee shot to the left center of the fairway on this par 4 opening hole leaves the perfect angle to approaching the long, narrow, left to right sloping green.
- Hole 2
- Par: 3; Men's Handicap: 9; Ladies Handicap: 9
- Yardage - Blue: 190; Yardage - White: 165; Yardage - Gold: 150; Yardage - Red: 135
- Don't be short on this mid-length par 3. The elevated back to front inclined green creates a difficult sand shot if short to the left and a delicate pitch shot if short to the right.
- Hole 3
- Par: 5; Men's Handicap: 3; Ladies Handicap: 3
- Yardage - Blue: 551; Yardage - White: 526; Yardage - Gold: 493; Yardage - Red: 421
- This long straightaway par 5 favors a tee ball down the left side, as a waste bunker borders almost the entire right side of the hole. Though reachable in 2 by the longest hitters, approaching this small bunker-protected green with a short iron following a layup second shot provides the best opportunity to better par.
- Hole 4
- Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 5; Ladies Handicap: 5
- Yardage - Blue: 422; Yardage - White: 406; Yardage - Gold: 366; Yardage - Red: 316
- This dog leg left par 4, the longest on the outward 9, has a split fairway bisected by a massive bunker. Those able to play to the smaller left side landing area can shorten the hole tremendously. The second shot to this long, narrow green can require anything from a short iron to a fairway wood.
- Hole 5
- Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 11; Ladies Handicap: 11
- Yardage - Blue: 401; Yardage - White: 380; Yardage - Gold: 353; Yardage - Red: 273
- As water protects the entire right side, the favorable tee shot on this picturesque straightaway for 4 is left of center. The approach to the long, slim, undulating green requires supreme accuracy as water and sand protect the right side.
- Hole 6
- Par: 3; Men's Handicap: 15; Ladies Handicap: 15
- Yardage - Blue: 178; Yardage - White: 170; Yardage - Gold: 140; Yardage - Red: 107
- With sand and natural hazard areas surrounding the entire green, club selection becomes the key factor on this beautiful par 3.
- Hole 7
- Par: 5; Men's Handicap: 1; Ladies Handicap: 1
- Yardage - Blue: 562; Yardage - White: 547; Yardage - Gold: 513; Yardage - Red: 455
- This par 5, the longest hole in the outward 9, invites any tee shot in the fairway, as water and sand guard the entire right side. A left side layup leaves the best angle to attack the bumper-protected putting surfaces.
- Hole 8
- Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 13; Ladies Handicap: 13
- Yardage - Blue: 396; Yardage - White: 375; Yardage - Gold: 337; Yardage - Red: 274
- A tee shot that avoids the right fairway bunker on this dog leg right par 4 leaves the best angle to approach the long, narrow, bunker-protected green.
- Hole 9
- Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 7; Ladies Handicap: 7
- Yardage - Blue: 415; Yardage - White: 394; Yardage - Gold: 370; Yardage - Red: 308
- The outward nine closes with this scenic par 4. With a pond bisecting the fairway in front of the green, the approach to the small putting surface is quite challenging from every angle.
- Hole 10
- Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 18; Ladies Handicap: 18
- Yardage - Blue: 356; Yardage - White: 345; Yardage - Gold: 330; Yardage - Red: 280
- This short dog leg left par 4 that opens the inward nine invites a right-side tee shot as bunkers loom left. This leaves a short iron approach to a narrow back to front sloping green.
- Hole 11
- Par: 3; Men's Handicap: 16; Ladies Handicap: 16
- Yardage - Blue: 165; Yardage - White: 155; Yardage - Gold: 128; Yardage - Red: 103
- This spectacular island green par 3 showcases the use of coquina boulders, as the bulkhead material so widely used at Tiger's Eye.
- Hole 12
- Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 8; Ladies Handicap: 8
- Yardage - Blue: 452; Yardage - White: 416; Yardage - Gold: 400; Yardage - Red: 333
- This longest par 4 on the course proves challenging for any level of golfer. The narrow, bunker-protected green is not easily accessible from any angle. This makes the slightly uphill second shot play longer than the yardage indicates.
- Hole 13
- Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 12; Ladies Handicap: 12
- Yardage - Blue: 390; Yardage - White: 365; Yardage - Gold: 340; Yardage - Red: 291
- Avoiding the fairway bunkers in the narrow landing area off the tee provides the best view of the well-bunkered and most shallow putting surface on the course.
- Hole 14
- Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 14; Ladies Handicap: 14
- Yardage - Blue: 381; Yardage - White: 370; Yardage - Gold: 345; Yardage - Red: 300
- This par 4, though the second-shortest on the inward nine, requires accuracy off the tee by avoiding fairway bunkers both the left and right in the landing area. The short iron approach to this shallow green proves to be very challenging. A hole of any more length would make this green very inaccessible.
- Hole 15
- Par: 5; Men's Handicap: 4; Ladies Handicap: 4
- Yardage - Blue: 531; Yardage - White: 507; Yardage - Gold: 467; Yardage - Red: 392
- This dog leg left par 5 plays longer than the yardage indicates, due to its uphill slope. The longest hitters, when playing down the left, may be able to carry the water hazard and reach this green in two. The narrow layup landing area provides a much better angle to approach the narrowest green on the course.
- Hole 16
- Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 6; Ladies Handicap: 6
- Yardage - Blue: 447; Yardage - White: 421; Yardage - Gold: 385; Yardage - Red: 320
- Don't let this long par 4 fool you. Although slightly downhill, it plays every bit of its length. The approach, usually with a longer club, proves to be most challenging as it must carry a creek that bisects the fairway and two bunkers that protect the shallow green.
- Hole 17
- Par: 3; Men's Handicap: 10; Ladies Handicap: 10
- Yardage - Blue: 208; Yardage - White: 181; Yardage - Gold: 165; Yardage - Red: 125
- This par 3, the longest on the course, requires a tee shot of supreme accuracy in order to avoid the water hazard that protects the left side of the green and the bunkers that guard the right.
- Hole 18
- Par: 5; Men's Handicap: 2; Ladies Handicap: 2
- Yardage - Blue: 592; Yardage - White: 555; Yardage - Gold: 525; Yardage - Red: 460
- This par 5, the longest hole in the course, requires 3 well-struck shots to reach the green. Avoid the fairway bunkers off the tee and in the landing area on the layup shot, and only a short iron approach is needed to get home.