As one of the more forgiving golf courses in the OBX arsenal, The Pointe located in Grandy is a favorite among the locals. From the time players have eaten a home-style breakfast in the grill, warmed up on the newly redesigned practice range, teed off on the 528-yard, par-5 No. 1 to their final putt is holed out on another par 5 at No. 18, the experience at the Pointe is a round to remember.
Routed by big-name designer Russell Breeden back in the mid 1990s, The Pointe opened to strong reviews due to its heritage as a former turf farm. With experimental turf installed during its formulation (the course was the first in the country with lush A1 bentgrass) and having since become well rooted, the course stakes its reputation on excellent playing conditions. The Pointe is a somewhat short (6,343 yards), fairly open design featuring some of the best putting greens in the area. Shots into the greens are also fun watch as plush fairways ensure ideal lies upon impact. Nestled along the Currituck Sound, the design is a unique blend of traditional and links style design built for speed of play. With the wind once again being the great equalizer, The Pointe provides a never ending challenge and is located just minutes from the beach on the west of the bridge.
Since the Outer Banks frequently attracts once-a-year players, The Pointe also serves the visiting golfer well in that his or her game can be a little off the mark yet still survive and even thrive. Several parallel fairways provide greater visual comfort for higher handicaps, though good players will also enjoy the stroll across the picturesque rural landscape.
Review by golf writer Bill Kamenjar