The Takeaway: Located off the coast of North Carolina’s mainland, Bald Head Island is good layout worth playing as part of a day trip that starts with a boat ride to the island. The course is inland just enough that the surrounding residential developments unfortunately block most of the ocean views for the day which holds it back from being a must-play when visiting the Tarheel State. Grade B-
Designer: George Cobb in 1974 and Tim Cate in 2010
Cost: Private Private, guest fees range from $80.00 - $149.00 Click for membership information
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, North Carolina 28461
Accolades: Ranked 10th in North Carolina on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State list.
What to Expect: The experience at Bald Head Island’s 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 Cobb’s 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.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 16th Hole – 187 Yard Par 3
Best Par 3: 8th Hole – 173 Yards
Best Par 4: 9th Hole – 430 Yards
Best Par 5: 11th Hole – 513 Yards
Birdie Time: 17th Hole – 491 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 18th Hole – 444 Yard Par 4