The iconic Outer Banks of North Carolina further cements its reputation as a top-tier golf destination with a popular fivesome of area courses reaping ranking recognitions.
Along with its storied Lighthouses, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, famed Wild Mustangs of Corolla and scores of watering holes overflowing with fresh seafood and spirits, North Carolina’s No. 3 Golf Destination according to GolfAdvisor received additional accolades from that renowned ratings resource and the acclaimed North Carolina Golf Panel which recognized the Outer Banks as the state’s No. 2 Best Golf Getaway.
Two layouts landed in GolfAdvisor’s Top 25 Courses in North Carolina. The No. 10 Carolina Club is one of the most immaculately manicured and impeccably conditioned golf courses around. After all, it is owned and operated by a man who also runs one of the region’s major turf grass companies, and he built the likeable layout on what had previously been fertile farm land. Sister course The Pointe Golf Club was bestowed the state’s friendliest staff honor last year.
No. 25 Nags Head Golf Links, crafted by Bob Moore, plays hard along the inner waterway on the southern end. The front and back nine closing holes along the sound are particularly spectacular. Nags Head’s bar and restaurant, not surprisingly, is also home to the most dramatic sunsets in town, with views not only across the immediate Roanoke Sound, but towards three other sounds (Albemarle, Croatan and Pamlico) that flow into it from the north, west and south as well.
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Meanwhile, The Currituck Club, Kilmarlic Golf Club and Nags Head are again recognized in the 2018 North Carolina Golf Panel rankings of the finest courses in one of the country’s best golf states.
Moving up to No. 19 in the Top 50 You Can Play rankings, Currituck Club rolls across diverse coastal terrain with sound-side views distinctly its own on the northern end of the barrier island. Routed by Rees Jones, the grandest design along the coast is also the area’s most demanding, especially when the wind kicks up.
Located on the mainland five minutes from the Wright Brothers Bridge and boasting three new golf cottages among 18 total in the works, No. 23 Kilmarlic is a popular Tom Steele design nestled along the marshland of the Albemarle Sound and host course for both the 2004 and 2009 North Carolina Opens. For the past eight years during the autumn months, Kilmarlic also hosted the Old Dominion/Outer Banks collegiate championship.
Among North Carolina’s Top 100 ranking of courses both private and public, the OBX was represented by No. 64 Currituck, No. 81 Kilmarlic and No. 100 Nags Head, which also surged to No. 31 in the Top 50 You Can Play rankings.
The Top 100 courses and Top 50 courses you can play are determined by a scoring system where panelists are asked to consider among these factors: conditioning, routing, design, strategy, memorability, fairness, variety and aesthetics. The panel’s rankings are published annually in the April issue of Business North Carolina magazine, and are detailed on the panel’s Web site (www.NCGolfPanel.com).
Learn more about these courses, the OBX golf experience and special package prices at www.PlayOBXGolf.com or 800-916-6244.