Family and Junior Golf is in Full Swing in NC’s Brunswick Islands

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Among the benefits of playing golf are time on the course with your family and being at one with nature on the 30 plus beautiful and scenic courses that have earned North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands the nickname of North Carolina’s Golf Coast.

During the summer months, NC’s Brunswick Islands offers even more reasons to hit the links with your family as many of our award-winning courses offer special packages, Family Tees, and free golf for Juniors encouraging families to add a bit of swing time to their beach vacation.

Check out the below courses and more on our Golf Page for Junior’s Play Free with paying adult and other summer promotions.

At Rivers Edge Golf Club in Shallotte, General Manager Jason Monahan has created two new programs to appeal to beach-goers looking for an afternoon out of the sun and on the greens.  The new Four-Hole Loop features holes 1 – 4 and can be played in about one hour.  Offered daily after 1 p.m., it is just $15 per golfer and includes free club rentals, use of driving range, a hot dog and a soda.   Says Jason, “It is great for new golfers or those just short on time who want to get out and play a couple of holes.”

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Rivers Edge is also one of many courses offering free golf for Juniors age 16 and under when playing with a paying adult.  Good any day or time, the new “Shark Experience Golf Carts” add an element of technology to the game with music, GPS and the ability to stream your favorite college and pro football games and other sports and golf events.  Indulge in the love/hate relationship of the signature #9 hole and peninsula green affectionately known as “Arnie’s Revenge.”  Rivers Edge is the only Arnold Palmer design on the NC coast and is revered for its memorable play along the Shallotte River.

Designed by Rick Robbins, Compass Point Golf Club in Leland is another very family-friendly course.  Gaining a reputation for play that is both challenging and fun, the unique design features a set of “Family Tees” that are great for Juniors. These tees allow every hole to be played as a Par 3 and encourage the social aspect of golf.  Juniors age 10 and under play free with paying adult and age 11 – 15 are $25 with paying adult.

In Ocean Isle Beach, Juniors 16 and under also enjoy complimentary play with a paying adult at Ocean Ridge Plantation, where Bill Long, director of purchasing, marketing and facilities, encourages play on all four of the nationally recognized “Big Cat” courses: Lion’s Paw, Panther’s Run, Tiger’s Eye and Leopard’s Chase.  “This end of the beach is less crowded, quieter and slower paced, yet features some of the best courses in the state,” says Long, who should know as the Big Cat courses, designed by Willard Byrd and Tim Cate, consistently rank among Golf Digest’s “Places to Play,” GOLF magazine’s “Top Courses You can Play”, and among Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Public Golf Courses in America.”   Want more golf?  Take advantage of the popular “Play 3 courses, get Tiger’s Eye Free” package.

Continuing along the NC Golf Coast toward Sunset Beach are Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club and Sea Trail Golf Club.

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Sandpiper Bay Golf is another excellent option for family play. Named, “Golf Director’s Course of the Year,” this Dan Maples course welcomes Juniors 16 and under to play free in the afternoons with a paying adult on this course, which Pro Brett Thomaswick says is in its best condition ever this year.  2018 saw new greens on the Bay nine holes, new sod, new landscaping along the lake banks and 100 new carts!

Also just over the bridge on the inland side of Sunset Beach, Sea Trail Golf Club welcomes Juniors 15 and under to play free with a paying adult.  Three award-winning courses by JonesByrd and Maples offer challenging play amongst tree-lined fairways.  Live oaks, towering pines and water hazards bring the coastal environment into play for a memorable outing for all levels.

Moving toward Calabash is Brunswick Plantation, where Director of Sales and Marketing, Scott Thrailkill invites folks to bring the whole family out to play together. The Willard Byrd/Clyde Johnston 27-hole design is family-friendly as is the 17 and under Juniors play free with paying adult summer promotion.  Look for great conditions on the course as fairways and tee boxes were over-seeded and the Ultra-dwarf Bermuda greens are great year-round.

Crow Creek Junior Golf

A Rick Robbins design, Crow Creek Golf Club in Calabash is an immaculately conditioned course. “Families can practice and work on their game at the full-size driving range, chipping and putting green, then hit the links with Juniors 16 and under playing free with a paying adult in the afternoons from June through September,” says Director of Golf Mike Benson.

Just as every one of our beaches is known for its own unique character, the 30 different courses and 567 holes of golfing treasure in NC Brunswick Islands each offer a distinctive experience for memorable play.

Stay up to date on the latest offerings from all of our golf courses at www.ncbrunswickgolf.com.

Choosing the Perfect Accommodations for your Brunswick Islands Vacation

In North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, you don’t have to compromise when it comes to choosing your vacation accommodations. The islands and coastal communities are full of lodging options for every group size and itinerary. Read on to learn more about the benefits of every type of accommodations the Brunswick Islands have to offer and how to find your perfect “home away from home.” You can also visit www.ncbrunswick.com/accommodations for a full listing of the area’s accommodations.

Vacation Rental Homes

Vacationing families who want to be near or on the beach can find the perfect fit for their stay with one of the vacation rentals throughout the Brunswick Islands. Beach vacation rental homes often become a tradition for families, and they return to the same house year after year. Along with easy access to the beach, vacation rentals offer the comforts of home with full kitchens, and gathering space for the entire family to spend time together and relax. Choose from cozy condos and beach cottages to grand oceanfront homes able to accommodate a large family reunion. Vacation rental homes along the Intracoastal Waterway or island canals are also a great option for visitors with boats looking for direct boating access to the water.

If you’re new to the concept of renting a beach house, check out our video page for rental experience videos in which families share why they love renting a beach house for their family’s vacation.

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Hotels and Inns

Don’t need the space provided by a vacation home rental or looking for traditional hotel services? The Brunswick Islands offer a variety of hotels and inns to choose from. Locally-owned inns on the islands offer an intimate experience with an array of amenities, all close to the beach. National brand hotels can be found off the islands, making for an easy drive to sites and attractions beyond the beach. Many hotels and inns feature pools, hot breakfasts, bikes and fitness centers adding even more relaxation to your vacation.

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Golf Resorts

Visitors looking to vacation beyond the beach have two golf resorts to choose from in the Brunswick Islands – Sea Trail Resort and Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort. Split your days between golf, the on-site pools and the nearby beach, maximizing your vacation fun! Golf resorts offer spacious accommodations (one to three-bedroom villas), many with kitchens, as well as on-property amenities like fitness and activity centers, pro shops and restaurants. 

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Bed and Breakfasts

For history mixed with southern hospitality, stay at one of the B&Bs in scenic Southport, many dating back to the 1800s. These accommodations offer a unique and romantic experience for couples with charming rooms, several furnished with antiques, and amenities such as delicious breakfasts, and bikes to explore the town and waterfront at your leisure! Southport is an idyllic waterside town and a favorite walking area for many, with Victorian-style homes and live oak trees making for a picturesque stroll. Historic walking and tram tours are also available for those wanting to learn more about the area’s past.

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To begin planning your vacation to North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, visit www.NCBrunswick.com. You can also view current Lodging Specials and Packages at www.ncbrunswick.com/specials.

Tee Up Your Golf Getaway At North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands’ Golf Resorts

Take advantage of the mild year-round weather and plan your golf retreat when the time is right for you. In addition to more than 30 championship courses, all a quick drive away from 45 miles of beautiful beaches, North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands features two golf resorts to satisfy both the golfer and non-golfer, making for a fun and relaxing multi-day getaway.

Sea Trail Resort

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Located in Sunset Beach just minutes from the surf, Sea Trail Resort offers 2,000 acres of pristine landscape with three world-class golf courses. Designed by Rees Jones, Dan Maples and Willard Byrd, the courses are made for golfers of all levels and feature added amenities, such as two clubhouses with full-service golf shops and dining options. To fine-tune your skills, be sure to visit the putting greens, driving range and PGA-sanctioned Golf Learning Center.

*Sea Trail hosts the Mel Sole Golf School, which runs year-round with options for one- to three-day programs and includes video analysis.

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Other members of the group can enjoy their visit off the course with indoor and outdoor pools (seasonally) and the Sea Trail Village Activity Center. Visitors can access the Activity Center for local outings to explore the unique coastal communities with eco-tours, kayaking, deep sea fishing and more, adding to the advantages of staying at a golf resort. Sea Trail also boasts 40,000 square feet of event space for meetings and conferences.

*Don’t miss yoga at the Village Activity Center, with several classes for all levels of yogis.

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Overnight guests can choose from nearly 200 fully-equipped, condo-style accommodations, from Deluxe Mini Suites to Deluxe Three-Bedroom Villas, with full kitchens or kitchenettes, and living and dining areas. Complete the resort experience with a visit to the two on-site restaurants.

*Special rates on long term rentals are available for stays longer than 30 days.

Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort

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A 1,700-acre, plantation-style resort, Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort is a full-service property in Calabash, N.C. that is perfect for both family vacations and golf escapes with three newly improved courses. Golfers can also access the full pro shop, as well as golf packages and daily green fee specials.

*Customizable golf packages are available where you can play your choice of more than 30 courses throughout your stay in the Brunswick Islands.

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Beyond the golf course, guests get a full resort getaway with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness center, on-site restaurant, along with lodging with large decks and kitchens for a comfortable stay, all without leaving the property. For those wanting to venture off-property in the picturesque coastal region during their stay, the area is prime for active outdoor activities, shopping or just relaxing on the beach.

*Less than 10 miles from the Sunset Beach coast, a beach day is a quick drive away.

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Villa options include 1- and 2-bedroom, and efficiency condos. The spacious accommodations range up to 1,200 square feet for two bedrooms with scenic views of the greens.

*Pet friendly units are available for an additional fee so you can bring the whole family!

To begin planning your golf getaway at one of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands’ golf resorts, visit www.ncbrunswick.com/fun_and_adventure/Golf_Trips.