Fish Tales in the Brunswick Islands

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DSC_3069_OAK ISLAND PIER_LRIt’s almost fall, which means cooler weather and water temperatures, and one of the best seasons for fishing is here again! In the Brunswick Islands, the fish are abundant, and all levels of anglers and fisherman can gear up to go after their big catch. With several ways to fish, the Brunswick Islands offer the best methods and top areas to catch fresh seafood this fall.

If you’re looking for beautiful scenery without needing a boat, pier fishing is for you. The Brunswick Islands has five ocean piers to choose from, all equipped with concessions, handicap access, bait, tackle and rentals. Pier fishermen can expect to catch red drum, sea trout, mackerel and more.

DSC_4299_DEEP SEA FISHING_LRFor the more adventurous fisherman, fishing charters are the way to go. Fishing charters are great for family trips or even a get together with old friends. Take a charter out to the Gulf Stream where the warm waters make for an eventful day of fishing with possibilities of catching tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, giant sea bass, king mackerel and more. Charters run both half day and full day trips, or if you are a truly dedicated fisherman, you can take a 24-hour immersion trip on a bunkhouse-fitted charter.

For bird and other wildlife spotting, kayak fishing may be up your alley. While kayaking through salt marsh creeks, black water rivers and coastal bays, you will be able to catch trout and flounder while enjoying the Brunswick Islands’ pristine nature. Surf fishing is also a great alternative for a casual day on the shore.

US Open cmsSolidifying the Brunswick Islands as a hotspot for fishing, the area is home to one of the state’s oldest tournaments, the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, which will be held September 29 – October 1, 2016 in Southport. The competition attracts over 400 boats and welcomes all ages, as well as spectators when the competitors bring in their catches.

The five ocean fishing piers and commercial fishing charters provide blanket fishing licenses but, if you are fishing in another setting, don’t forget your fishing license! For more information on saltwater licenses, please visit  http://www.ncdmf.net/, and for freshwater licenses, visit http://www.ncwildlife.org/. The Brunswick Islands feature several free public ramps for launching a boat, as well as plenty of parking spaces for your cars and trailers. Information on boat rentals can be found here.

Join us in the Brunswick Islands for your next fishing excursion and see why our waters are an angler’s paradise. For more information about fishing in the Brunswick Islands, visit www.ncbrunswick.com.

Golf by the Numbers in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands

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North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, also known as “NC’s Golf Coast,” is a mecca for golf enthusiasts with more than 30 championship courses. Combine that impressive number with the mild four-season climate and scenic views, and you have the perfect destination for a golf getaway.

While you’re daydreaming about your next tee time, here are some more notable numbers from the Brunswick Islands’ courses:

  • 120 miles of fairways 
  • 585 holes 
  • 218,000 yards of fairways
  • Bonus: 45 miles of beaches for downtime away from the green

Golf experts and publications take note and have ranked the Brunswick Islands’ courses among the best:

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#1, 2, 4 and 5 in the North Carolina Golf Panel rankings of Hidden Gems in the Coastal Region of North Carolina:

#1 – Rivers Edge Golf Club, Shallotte

#2 – Carolina National Golf Club, Bolivia

#4 – Farmstead Golf Links, Calabash

#5 – Panther’s Run Golf Club, Ocean Isle Beach

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5 of 12 top spots in the North Carolina Golf Panel rankings of Public, Private and Resort Golf Courses in the Coastal Region of North Carolina:

#5 – Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island

#6 – Leopard’s Chase Golf Club, Ocean Isle Beach

#7 – Tiger’s Eye Golf Club, Ocean Isle Beach

#11 – Cape Fear National, Leland

#12 – Crow Creek, Calabash

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Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in North Carolina:

#8 – Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island

#10 – Leopard’s Chase Golf Club, Ocean Isle Beach

#15 – Cape Fear National, Leland

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When you’re ready to set a date for your next golf getaway, contact the Brunswick Islands’ golf packagers to get started on your itinerary, complete with fresh dining, beautiful beaches and activities for the whole family.

To learn more about golf in the Brunswick Islands, visit www.NCBrunswickGolf.com.

#NCBIPierContest – And the winners are …

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North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands (@NCBrunswickIslands) is excited to announce the winners of the #NCBIPierContest Instagram photo contest! We invited you to share your best Brunswick Islands pier photos on Instagram using #NCBIPierContest from July 6 through August 1, and we were amazed at the beautiful entries we received! We would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest. It was wonderful to see folks loving the Brunswick Islands and the historic piers as much as we do!

It wasn’t easy, but we have chosen our favorite photos from the submissions for a first, second and third prize, along with two randomly chosen winners. These lucky winners will receive a variety of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands rolling coolers, beach towels and hats!

Our first place winner is @nsqr with this stunning photo of the Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island. Be sure to visit #NCBIPierContest to see all of @nsqr’s incredible pier photos.

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Our second place winner is @indigo0ocean for this amazing photo of the Sunset Beach pier in winter.

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Our third place winner is @oibmickey for this great photo of the Ocean Isle Beach pier.

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Our random drawing prize winners are

@trehog  Ocean Crest Pier

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and @emilysabanegh  Holden Beach Pier

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We also wanted to show off a few of the other stunning photos submitted. Some photos deserving an honorable mention are below. Thank you again to everyone who submitted their #NCBIPierContest photos!

@mdh1125  Sunset Beach Pier

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@whitelakejlc  Ocean Crest Pier

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@gpmarshburn  Ocean Isle Beach Pier

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@indi_raw  Oak Island Pier

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Meet Compass Pointe Golf Club – NC’s Golf Coast’s Newest Golf Course

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There’s more than sand and surf in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands! Also known as “NC’s Golf Coast”, the Brunswick Islands offer year-round tee times on more than 30 championship golf courses.  With some of the best golf courses in the country, guests will find an option to suit every level of play from novice to professional.

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands has recently welcomed a new addition to its world-class courses, Compass Pointe Golf Club. Our latest addition celebrated its grand opening this past June in the town of Leland. Not only is it the newest course in the Brunswick Islands, it is the first course to open in North Carolina since 2010.  The course was designed by acclaimed golf course designer Rick Robbins, whose designs dot across the globe from Iowa and South Carolina to Beijing, China.

Highlighted features of Compass Pointe include:

  • A full 18-hole course with an “Add One” 19th hole, a perfect challenge for those who think 18 holes just aren’t enough.
  • Practice facilities, which include an 18-hole putting course, a practice range with a large hitting area, a chipping green and a practice bunker with a target green.
  • Unique use of natural land features, including wetlands, vegetation and wildlife habitat to create a course that fits into its environment.
  • Old style “push up greens” using native sand from within the site, similar to the style of Pinehurst in the 1920s.
  • Elevations that range from 23-75 feet above sea level, along with five sets of tees, including a separate Par Three tee.
  • Wide fairways and large greens that allow shots to be hit along the ground like courses in Scotland.

Be one of the first to play Compass Pointe Golf Club and then hit one (or more) of the other 30 plus courses in the county. Book your own golf and accommodations or use one of the area’s many golf packagers to arrange your stay.  With over 120 miles of fairways in the Brunswick Islands, you’ll want to make several trips to NC’s Golf Coast!

 

Enjoy a Labor Day Getaway Without the Crowds in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands

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escape to the beach vacation of your childhood this Labor Day weekend in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. While other vacation getaways become packed with fellow vacationers, North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands remain a laid back retreat with plenty of elbow room along the beaches. Enjoy a quintessential island escape on this long weekend getaway to the Carolina coast.

DSC_7872_LRStroll through charming island towns and reminisce of your childhood seaside vacations. For the quintessential island experience, rent a beach bike to discover the treasures of the Islands for yourself. Meander through the historic tree-lined streets of Southport to admire historic picturesque Southern homes or wind your way through the dozens of specialty shops, art galleries and antique stores. Play one of the area’s 30 plus golf courses or take your adventure to the sky and climb one of the Brunswick Islands’ historic lighthouses for endless views of marsh, beach and water.

Dining HRaltWhat would a Labor Day Weekend be without memorable mouthwatering dining? Experience authentic Calabash seafood in the town that created “Calabash style”. Take advantage of outdoor dining options with gorgeous views along the Intracoastal Waterway. For dessert, sprinkle some extra sweetness on your weekend by testing out the frozen treats at numerous locally-owned creameries and ice cream shops throughout the Islands and the mainland.

kayaks at bridge SBSoak in the warmth of summer while sailing across salt or freshwater. Spend the day aboard a boat gazing out on the crystal blue ocean while deep sea fishing or basking in the sun alongside loved ones. If you’re looking for a more personal experience on the water, rent a paddleboard, kayak or canoe or take a guided tour to explore calm freshwater rivers or saltwater tides.

For an experience unique to North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, grab your board and get ready to hang ten in the Oak Island Labor Day Surf Off. All levels and ages are invited to join in the sun, sand and surf at this annual event. Various age and surf categories will compete throughout the day in 15-minute heats. Children and adult surfers alike are welcome to join the Stand-Up Paddle board race later in the afternoon.

DSC_8114_BICYCLEThere is no need to face crowded beaches with a maze of umbrellas and towels this Labor Day Weekend. North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands is the place to relax into the quintessential beach holiday getaway. And while some might consider Labor Day Weekend the last of summer, summer temperatures linger in the Brunswick Islands throughout all of September.  So even if you miss Labor Day in the Brunswick Islands, you still have time for that last summer vacation to the beach.  But don’t wait too late!