Year around there are so many things to do for visitors and residents in Wilmington, NC. Golf aficionados will absolutely want to play a round on one of the Wilmington areas beautiful golf courses! The coastal landscape and water breezes make playing golf in Wilmington a pleasure year-round.
Here are some favorite Wilmington-area golf courses you won’t want to miss:
River Landing Features two NC Golf Panel Top 50 golf courses designed by nationally acclaimed architect Clyde Johnson. The River Course runs along the Cape Fear River while the Landing Course stretches throughout the heart of the community. Each course offers five sets of tees to make golfing enjoyable for all levels of experience. River Landing’s professional team offers private lessons and an individualized 3-day/2-night golf school experience at the River Landing Golf Academy for players of all ages and abilities. Several golf events are held throughout the year such as socials, tournaments, and popular community-wide events such as Battle of the Sexes, Couples Cup, and Twilight Golf. The 60,000 square foot golf clubhouse offers fine dining while apparel, quality equipment, and golfing accessories can be purchased at the golf shop.
The home of true coastal Carolina Stay-and-Play, Beau Rivage offers a stunning coastal landscape and a warm, inviting clubhouse. The par-72 golf course offers 40- to 75-foot elevation changes—unusual in a coastal course! Framed by Carolina pines, with Bermuda fairways and silky-smooth greens, the course is great for group golf getaways and company outings.
The clubhouse has a warm and relaxed feel and backs up to the putting green for pre-round warm-ups. There’s a pro shop, spacious accommodations in clubhouse suites, and full resort amenities like a pool, tennis courts, a tiki bar, and a full grill.
Recently named the “#11 Best Course You Can Play in NC” by Golfweek, Cape Fear National is a must-play course in the Wilmington, NC area. Their new GPS equipped golf carts provide the ultimate golf experience with features such as:
- show time elapsed since beginning play
- allow players to determine precise yardages
- show hole hazards
- give an aerial representation of each hole
- track pace of play
- allow players to order food and beverages right from the cart
- message the course staff-keep score and email the scorecard to themselves after play
- real-time tournament leader boards.
The course is located in Brunswick Forest and offers 18 holes of premium public golf in a gorgeous setting. Ponds and elevated tees are accessible by discreet concrete cart paths through the forestland. It’s scenic and challenging, but not extreme: Each fairway is 40 yards wide, and most greens are accessible from the ground. The bentgrass greens with gentle slopes are mowed daily. Cape Fear National fairways are 419 bermudagrass, while the bunker faces are zoysia.
After your golf game, dine at The Forest Restaurant in the 7,000-square-foot clubhouse with attached event lawn.
Just off coastal highway US-17 in Hampstead, NC is a challenging, Scottish links-style championship golf course. True to the Scottish tradition, the course demands excellent shot placement on almost all of the 18 holes. And yes, as on all links courses, you will want to factor in the wind!
There’s a practice putting green as well as a bunker so that you can improve your short game. Or hit a couple of buckets at the Castle Bay driving range. The golf course welcomes group outings and tournaments and features a pro shop with the latest golf technology. Lessons are available too.
The beautiful North Shore Country Club in Sneads Ferry combines natural beauty and challenging play. Architect Bob Moore incorporated natural areas with the beauty of coastal marshes to make an amazing golf course. Tall pines on the inland holes offer a respite from the coastal breeze.
The North Shore community has a wonderful lifestyle with golf, swimming, tennis, and club activities as well as a private oceanfront beach access on the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t miss the golf shop and clubhouse.