Golf is played with passion in North Carolina. So when the most authoritative statewide source of golf course rankings comes along and selects a trio of yours among its bests, golfers should take note. This year, as in several ones past, the Outer Banks has proven itself once again to be a supplier of some of the game’s most highly coveted courses in the Tar Heel State.

In the Carolinas, you have some of the best choices of fairway wonders in the world. According to the esteemed North Carolina Golf Panel – now in its 26th year – three courses remained among the Top 50 You Can Play in North Carolina: Featured at No. 18 is The Currituck Club, followed closely by Kilmarlic Golf Club at No. 23 and Nags Head Golf Links at No. 33. All three, in addition, rank among the state’s overall Top 100, when taking into consideration both public-access and private venues.

Golf around the storied Outer Banks represents an outstanding selection of enjoyable and affordable yet quality golf courses. Lists like the North Carolina Golf Panel’s are intended to tempt you with some sort of understanding of North Carolina’s golfing mentality and thus add to your golfing pleasure. These headliners, along with a handful of others, have helped transform the Outer Banks into an outdoor sportsman’s paradise. Throw in spacious accommodations and a plethora of off-course activities and you have a destination unlike any other.

From true barrier island links courses to modern parkland marvels located inland, the region is chock full of variety. The challenges at The Pointe Golf Club, The Carolina Club, Nags Head, Kilmarlic and Currituck Club are as spectacular as the coastal views they possess. There may be no better location for a true golf vacation than the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Afternoon drives take on a whole new meaning along the coast just minutes north of Rees Jones’s 18-hole gem known as The Currituck Club, now No. 57 in North Carolina’s Top 100. The Corolla keeper is the grandest design along the coast “sculpted on the type of land where golf began” among 600 acres of dunes, wetlands, maritime forests, and sound seascapes.

Every time golfers tackle historic Nags Head – also included in North Carolina’s Top 100 at (what No. 99?) – they find themselves facing a different challenge. Crafted by Bob Moore, Nags Head plays hard along the inner waterway on the southern end of the Outer Banks, where capricious breezes off sound-side waters create a unique golfing experience each and every day. With its coastal winds, rugged shoreline, island holes, seaside vistas, and tees and greens separated by rolling dunes and wild sea grass, Nags Head bears far more than a passing resemblance to the famed Scottish golf links.

Home to various golf cottages located near its entrance, Kilmarlic is a popular Tom Steele design nestled along the marshland of the Albemarle Sound. North Carolina’s No. 77 course in the Top 100 is a wonderful mainland design amidst 605 beautiful acres of maritime forest providing a pure OBX layout with water and wetlands virtually in play at all times.

Located just across the Wright Memorial Bridge, The Pointe is the first in a sequence of championship golf courses — layouts close to the sounds and ocean but more parkland in settings. The course is also said to be the first in the country to have the A-1 bent grass — a dense, disease-resistant strain — installed across its corridors. Meanwhile, The Carolina Club’s positioning as the first design heading into town from the north and last one on the way out makes it the ideal play on either side of your OBX golf getaway.

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Scotch Hall Preserve

 

At Scotch Hall Preserve, you’re already on the leaderboard before you tee off. Look around and see the course described as the “Jewel of the Inner Banks.”. It is a 7,254 yard championship Arnold Palmer Signature masterpiece, with several holes paralleling the majestic Albemarle Sound and scenic Salmon Creek. The championship tees present a course that will challenge the most accomplished golfer, while middle and forward tees make it just as enjoyable for the more casual player. Aquatic plants, native and ornamental vegetation and lots of scenic water views within the course highlight this stunning circuit. And it was all designed by the master himself, Arnold Palmer.

Golf Course Statistics

Year Opened: 2008

Par: 72

Architect: Arnold Palmer

Fairways & Greens: 419 Bermuda | Bentgrass Greens

 

Tees Yards Rating Slope
Black 7254 76.0 145
Silver 6682 72.5 138
Blue 6120 70.3 131
Burgandy 5324 72.1 127

Scotch Hall Preserve Awards

Top 15 You Can Play in North Carolina
GolfWeek Magazine

Host the ’04 & ’09 North Carolina Open

Top 100 Course You Can Play in NC
Golf Styles Magazine

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The Sound Golf Links

 

Nature comes into play when you step up to the first tee of this waterfront, 18-hole championship golf course designed by legendary course architect Dan Maples. Rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, The Sound Golf Links meanders through low country marshland, forests of towering pines and moss-draped cypress, creating a spectacular backdrop for a challenging round that caters to all skill levels.

 

This layout will demand the best of your golfing ability, yet reward you with breathtaking scenery. The final three holes overlook the Albemarle Sound leaving you wanting to play more.

Golf Course Statistics

Year Opened: 1990

Par: 72

Architect: Dan Maples

Fairways & Greens: 419 Bermuda | Bentgrass Greens

 

Tees Yards Rating Slope
Blue 6431 71.9 130
White 5794 69.1 125
Gold 5215 66.4 112
Red 4357 66.8 113

The Sound Golf Links Awards

Top 15 You Can Play in North Carolina
GolfWeek Magazine

Host the ’04 & ’09 North Carolina Open

Top 100 Course You Can Play in NC
Golf Styles Magazine

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The Pines at Elizabeth City

 

Come experience The Pines at Elizabeth City, a Tom Clark championship track. A hidden gem, with excellent course conditions and a great layout, the course winds its way through the Albemarle pine thickets and features small elevated greens, wide fairways and large chipping areas. A Golf Digest panelist says “The Pines is “…reminiscent of Pinehurst #2.” The golf course and practice facilities have been completely renovated and feature plush Bermuda fairways and a 50/50 blend of A1/A4 Bentgrass greens, re-built to USGA specifications. Re-designed in 2004 by Tom Clark, of Ault and Clark Associates, the championship course draws rave reviews from members and guests for its excellent condition and a fun, challenging layout.

Golf Course Statistics

Year Opened: 2005

Par: 72

Architect: Tom Clark of Ault, Clark and Associates

Fairways & Greens: 419 Bermuda | A1-A4 Bentgrass

 

Tees Yards Rating Slope
Blue 6682 72.8 135
White 6217 70.8 130
Green 5567 67.9 118
Red 4986 65.1 110

The Pines at Elizabeth City Awards

Top 15 You Can Play in North Carolina
GolfWeek Magazine

Host the ’04 & ’09 North Carolina Open

Top 100 Course You Can Play in NC
Golf Styles Magazine

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The Pointe

 

Outer Banks Golf At Its Best! The Pointe Golf Club is recognized as one of the area’s most player-friendly and best conditioned golf courses, making it a “must play” on any Outer Banks vacation. Groomed for the pro but available to the public, The Pointe’s A-1 Bentgrass greens and lush Bermuda fairways are second to none.

The Pointe is home to the area’s finest public practice facility. A full driving range and short game area that includes a practice putting green, chipping greens and practice bunker are great for tuning up your game. The Pointe has a fully-stocked pro shop and is also home to Keefer’s, a full-service bar and grille offering breakfast and lunch daily along with dinner seasonally.

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Golf Course Statistics

Year Opened: 1995

Par: 71

Architect: Russell Breeden

Fairways & Greens:  419 Bermuda | A-1 Bentgrass Greens

 

Tees Yards Rating Slope
Gold 6343 70.1 133
Blue 5911 67.9 119
White 5426 65.7 114
Red 4862 67.9 117

Awards/Accolades

Outer Banks’ Local Choice

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Nags Head Golf Links

 

Nags-Head-LogoLeave your cares behind and come play the challenge of the Outer Banks’ Nags Head Golf Links, where coastal winds and rugged shoreline combine, in true Scottish fashion, to create a unique golfing experience each and every day.

At Nags Head Golf Links, you’ll discover a true Scottish links-style championship course nestled into the natural, windswept landscape of the Outer Banks. Sand dunes, wild sea grasses and rugged coastline create holes that Golf Digest labeled as “among the most beautiful in the eastern United States”. Coastal winds challenge you to a different round each time you play. Discover why golfers of all abilities love Nags Head Golf Links, where the Scottish setting is so authentic, you can almost hear the bagpipes.

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Golf Course Statistics

Year Opened: 1988

Par: 71

Architect: Bob Moore

Fairways & Greens: 419 Bermuda | Bentgrass Greens

 

Tees Yards Rating Slope
Black 6136 71.2 138
Blue 5717 69.4 128
White 5354 67.3 119
Red 4415 68.5 117

Awards/Accolades

Rated Top 100 Places to Play in NC
GolfStyles Magazine

Best Places to Play
Golf Digest

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The Currituck Club

 

Designed by world-renowned architect Rees Jones, The Currituck Club in Corolla is a breathtaking layout that stretches across nearly 7,000 yards of diverse coastal terrain, including towering sand dunes, wetlands, maritime forests and soundside shoreline. Just when you think you have The Currituck Club golf course figured out, you’ll be introduced to the Outer Banks’ ocean breezes.

This golf course has some of the most spectacular scenery in the area. Golf Magazine awarded the course a coveted spot on its list of “Top 10 You Can Play” and Golf Digest ranked The Currituck Club as one of the “Top 25 Courses in North Carolina” – an extraordinary compliment for a “young” course in a state known for golfing excellence.

TravelAwaits.com ranks The Currituck Club as one of the 9 Best Courses in North Carolina.

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Currituck Club Photo Gallery

Golf Course Statistics

Year Opened: 1996

Par: 72

Architect: Rees Jones

Fairways & Greens: 419 Bermuda | Bentgrass Greens

 

Tees Yards Rating Slope
Black 6885 74.0 136
Blue 6404 71.6 128
White 5814 68.9 121
Red 4766 68.5 120

Awards/Accolades

Rated Top 100 Places to Play in NC
GolfStyles Magazine

Best Places to Play
Golf Digest

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The Carolina Club

 

The beautiful Carolina Club, in Grandy, is a winner of the “Locals’ Choice” award for great golf on the Outer Banks. Meticulously manicured, this 7,000 yard, par 72 championship golf course may well be the highlight of your stay on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Carolina Club features superb bentgrass greens and a picturesque par-3 island green. Five sets of tees allow you to match your game to the challenge to ensure that all skill levels can have an enjoyable time. All of this, compounded by the always present ocean breezes, will have you reaching for every club in your bag!

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Golf Course Statistics

Year Opened: 1998

Par: 72

Architect: Russell Breeden & Bob Moore

Fairways & Greens: 419 Bermuda | Bentgrass Greens

 

Tees Yards Rating Slope
Black 6952 73.4 127
Gold 6544 70.8 124
Blue 6102 70.8 120
White 5502 65.8 114
Red 4855 67.2 118

Awards/Accolades

Outer Banks Locals’ Choice

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Kilmarlic Golf Club

 

Kilmarlic-LogoConsistently rated one of the top courses on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Kilmarlic Golf Club sits among 605 beautiful acres of maritime forest and sprawling wetlands in Powell’s Point. Award-winning course architect Tom Steele’s classic design creates stimulating challenges with its outstanding layout and conditioning. Play your way through canopies of giant oak, pine and dogwood that exemplify the natural beauty of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and you will start to understand Kilmarlic’s unique partnership between golf and nature.

 

The landing areas in the fairways are generous, leading to gently sloping greens surrounded by contoured approaches and deep greenside bunkers, while a remarkable 15 acres of coastal ponds and lakes create scenic natural hazards.

 

Kilmarlic first played host to the highly prestigious North Carolina Open in 2004. Due to its overwhelming success, Kilmarlic welcomed the state’s top professionals and amateurs back for the 2009 Open. When planning your golf trip to the Outer Banks, you must include a round, or two, on one of the most picturesque and challenging golf courses in the state…Kilmarlic Golf Club.

Kilmarlic Photo Gallery

Golf Course Statistics

Year Opened: 2002

Par: 72

Architect: Tom Steele

Fairways & Greens: 419 Bermuda | A1/A4 Bentgrass Greens

 

Tees Yards Rating Slope
Black 6535 72.2 133
Gold 6052 70.1 128
White 5536 68.2 116
Red 4676 67.8 112

Awards/Accolades

Top 15 You Can Play in North Carolina
GolfWeek Magazine

Host the ’04 & ’09 North Carolina Open

Top 100 Course You Can Play in NC
Golf Styles Magazine

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