Outer Banks Golf

Three OBX Golf Courses Ranked Top 35 in Prestigious Rankings

The most authoritative statewide source of golf course rankings in a state that arguably has some of the nation’s best courses has spoken for the 25th year … and the Outer Banks again sports a collection of top-shelf golf experiences in 2020.

According to the esteemed North Carolina Golf Panel, three courses moved up among the Top 50 You Can Play in North Carolina, featuring No. 16 Currituck Club, No. 23 Kilmarlic Golf Club and No. 33 Nags Head Golf Links. In addition, Nags Head provided the No. 2 Best Bang for the Buck offering across the Coastal Region.

Golf around North Carolina’s storied Outer Banks represents an outstanding selection of enjoyable and affordable yet quality golf courses — along with spacious accommodations and a plethora of off-course activities that have transformed the Outer Banks into an outdoor sportsman’s paradise.

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, up 10 spots to No. 56 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, 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 are 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. 78 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.

For the complete list of the Top 100 Courses for 2020, Top 50 Courses You Can Play and other rankings, visit NCGolfPanel.com.

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