Bald Head Island Golf Club

Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  George Cobb in 1974 and Tim Cate in 2010

Cost:  Private, guest fees range from $80.00 - $149.00 Click for current rates

Phone Number:  (910) 447-7310

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Bald Head Island's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 1 Saltmeadow Trail, Bald Head Island, NC 28461 (access via ferry only)

Photos:  See additional photos of Bald Head Island

Accolades: Course is only reachable by ferry. How cool is that!

What to Expect:  The experience at Bald Head Islandís golf club starts before ever taking a step on the property. In fact, to get to Bald Head Island, you have to leave property all together by loading up on a ferry in Southport, outside of Wilmington, and enjoying a 20 minute ride in the Atlantic Ocean. Upon arrival at Bald Head Island, one of the first things you may notice is the lack of cars. Transportation around the island is limited to golf carts, bicycles, and pedestrian traffic. A golf cart style truck picks you up, along with your clubs, and caters you down the small island roads to the golf course. The course underwent a nearly $4 million renovation orchestrated by Tim Cate which resulted in restoring George Cobbís original routing while widening some fairways and undulating the greens. The course sports a South Pacific theme (similar to Bali Hai in Las Vegas) with large palm trees, expansive bunkering, and plenty of water hazards to contend with. Several types of wildlife are found on the property and views of the ocean beyond the surrounding homes are offered a handful of times throughout the round. Different strains of Bermuda provide the playing surface while the coastal winds keep the turf firm and the challenge stiff.

Signature Hole:  16th - 187 Yard Par 3

16th Hole at Bald Head Golf Club (187 Yard Par 3)
16th Hole at Bald Head Golf Club (187 Yard Par 3)

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 72 6823 73.7 143
White 72 6293 71.1 135
Grey 72 5668 67.7 125
Teal (Women) 72 4810 68.9 118


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  8th - 173 Yards

8th Hole at Bald Head Golf Club (173 Yard Par 3)
8th Hole at Bald Head Golf Club (173 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  9th - 430 Yards

9th Hole at Bald Head Golf Club (430 Yard Par 4)
9th Hole at Bald Head Golf Club (430 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  11th - 513 Yards

11th Hole at Bald Head Golf Club (513 Yard Par 5)
11th Hole at Bald Head Golf Club (513 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  17th - 491 Yard Par 4

17th Hole at Bald Head Golf Club (491 Yard Par 4)
17th Hole at Bald Head Golf Club (491 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  18th - 444 Yard Par 4

18th Hole at Bald Head Golf Club (444 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Bald Head Golf Club (444 Yard Par 4)

Final Cut:    Grade C+

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