How to Plan the Ultimate Guys Getaway to NC’s Brunswick Islands

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Weekend getaways don’t have to be just for the girls; reconnect with your guy friends over beers, beaches and birdies in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands! With more than 45 miles of pristine beaches, NC’s Brunswick Islands offers the perfect atmosphere for connecting with your guys over the great outdoors, adventurous activities and coastal libations. Whether you’re planning a fun bachelor party, in need for a memorable weekend with your buddies or just looking for a great father and son getaway, check out some of our suggestions for creating the ultimate “mancation” to the Brunswick Islands.

Reel in the Catch of the Day

NC’s Brunswick Islands is home to some “fin-tastic” fishing spots and has a wide variety of experiences to help you catch all types of fish. From surf fishing right off the beach to casting your line from a scenic fishing pier to booking a trip with a local fishing charter, there are many ways to reel in the catch in the Brunswick Islands. If you favor a less-crowded area, you will find plenty of elbow room for surf fishing on the spacious beaches of our five barrier islands. Or, you and your buddies can try casting a line from one of our five ocean piers: The Oak Island Pier, Ocean Crest Pier, Holden Beach Pier, Ocean Isle Beach Pier or the Sunset Beach Pier. Many of the fishing piers are equipped with concessions and bait and tackle shops. For those groups of guys looking to get out on the water, fishing charters are a popular choice and are offered by many local, seasoned professionals. Depending on the time of year and where you cast your line, popular fishing finds include flounder, speckled trout, red drum, bluefish, cobia, king mackerel, wahoo, grouper, mahi-mahi, and tuna. The Brunswick Islands are a can’t miss destination for any fishing fanatic!

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Tee Up Your Trip

Put your guys getaway into full swing and choose from 567 holes of golfing paradise in North Carolina’s Golf Coast. From courses for highly skilled enthusiasts to beginners alike, the 30 plus championship courses feature designs with various terrains, so visitors can refine their drive. Designed by esteemed golf architects such as Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Fred Couples, Dan Maples, Willard Byrd, Tim Cate and Rick Robbins, the golf courses in the Brunswick Islands provide a wide range of backdrops from marshes and maritime forests to lakes, streams, beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway. Many courses and area accommodations also offer packages and specials, so you don’t have to break the budget during your guys getaway.

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Soar Through the Canopies

If you are an adrenaline junkie, experience the best views from all new perspectives at The Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach. Soar through the trees on a 10-line, three bridge zipline tour or test your abilities on the 49 element aerial adventure park. For adventurers looking to stay closer to the ground, explore the pristine forest along the Shallotte River Swamp and learn about the ecological benefits of the swamp habitat on an ATV Tour. Other attractions offered at The Swamp Park are an informative 50-minute boat ride through the swamp where you can relax and enjoy the wildlife and a reptile sanctuary that is home to many creatures including American alligators and large turtles.

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Kick Back with a Cold One 

Whether you are a craft beer aficionado or new to the local libation scene, the breweries in NC’s Brunswick Islands are creating special beers that are sure to help you relax, recharge and celebrate during your guys getaway. Grab a brew at 34° North Experiment Station in Shallotte, where you can sip on refreshing beers created through a wild, spontaneous fermentation process. You won’t want to miss their popular Grapefruit SPF 50/50 brewed with a blend of IPA and sparkling grapefruit soda. Hang ten at Makai Brewing Company in Ocean Isle Beach, a Hawaiian themed brewery, that serves an ever-changing menu of craft beer brewed in house. A local favorite is the Nightingale, a coffee porter brewed with Kona Coffee beans. Quench your thirst with tastings of local award-winning wines and rotating taps of craft beer at Silver Coast Winery Tasting and Taproom in Southport. For the extreme craft beer connoisseurs, head over to Tap Time Taproom in Ocean Isle Beach or Coastal Craft Beverage Co. in Calabash where you can sample a variety of different brews from stouts, porters, IPAs, lagers and ales made from many North Carolina breweries.

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Plan the guys getaway your buddies will talk about for years! For more information on what to do and where to stay in the Brunswick Islands, please visit www.ncbrunswick.com.

NC’s Brunswick Islands Ranks as Top Destination for Group Golf Getaways

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With 567 holes on more than 30 scenic coastal courses, the value and variety awaiting golf groups are just a couple of the reasons that North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands is consistently rated as one of the top destinations for group golf.

Also known as North Carolina’s Golf Coast, this premier coastal destination has earned its reputation by offering day after day of play on award-wining, championship courses designed by the best names in golf. Palmer, Byrd, Maples, Jones, Cate and Couples designs are all here offering world-class golf and delightfully uncrowded play compared to other golf destinations. The area also offers a wonderful collection of restaurants and easy access to miles of beaches, oceans and waterways for off-the-course activities.

For the perfect group golf vacation, the Brunswick Islands not only delivers the greens (and fairways), the area also has a host of experts who make planning your group golf experience a breeze. Whether for an intimate group of eight or a larger gathering of 100 or more, the area’s extensive lodging options, from course-side condominiums to island inns to beach vacation homes, are perfectly suited to golf groups of all sizes.

Groups like Jacob’s Raiders, who’ve been coming to NC’s Brunswick Islands for golf vacations for 25 years, are now into the next generation as sons play alongside fathers. At The Winds Resort Beach Club on Ocean Isle Beach, they enjoy spacious, cottage-style accommodations and an elaborate set up with their own customized 19th hole, a hospitality suite complete with a logo’d flag, bar, trophy display and a spirited awards ceremony to conclude the trip. The Winds Director of Golf and Corporate Sales, Beth Turner arranges everything in advance including scheduling rounds of golf on the courses of their choice, all accommodation arrangements and on and off-site catering for the group of 48, who stays for four nights.

“Our specialty is golf groups from 12 – 60 people,” says Turner. The Winds group golf experience is custom tailored for each group to include accommodations, golf, awards ceremonies and on and off-site catering as desired. The variety of golf and accommodation options are very popular during spring and fall drawing golf groups from Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, as well as many from within North Carolina. The Winds offers packages with dozens of area courses, including Rivers Edge Golf Club, Ocean Ridge Plantation’s four “Big Cats” courses, Oyster Bay Golf Links, Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club and Sea Trail Resort.

“We’ve also seen an increase in the number of women’s golf groups,” Turner mentioned. “Our women’s golf groups take full advantage of everything NC’s Brunswick Islands offers both on and off the course, adding shopping, a trip to the beach or spa, and dining to their itinerary to round out their golf getaways.”

Ocean Ridge Plantation’s Bill Long credits the area’s popularity to quieter, slower paced courses that are just as good, if not better than, some of the crowded areas nearby. “This is a very unique market for golf,” says Long. “To have this many high-caliber courses literally within a 5-10 minute drive in such great condition brings our golf groups from Ohio, Pennsylvania and up and down the east coast back every spring and fall.”

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Another popular home-base for golf groups is Brunswick Plantation Resort & Golf in Calabash. The newly renovated one and two-bedroom condominiums are perfect for a golf getaway. The resort’s recently opened restaurant and sports bar, Hickory Shaft Bistro, offers indoor and outdoor dining venues and great food and libations amidst an impressive collection of historical golf memorabilia.

“Groups here stay for long weekends, or three to four days, and pack in as much golf as they can,” says Scott Thrailkill, Brunswick Plantation’s Sales and Marketing Director. Brunswick Plantation is perfect for the serious golfer offering 27 holes of play on site, with nearby courses such as the Thistle Golf Club, The Pearl Golf Links, Farmstead Golf Links, Meadowlands Golf Club and Crow Creek Golf Club, and dozens of others within an easy drive.

Elaine Clemmons, Golf Director with Sloane Realty Vacations has decades of experience pairing groups with the perfect courses and accommodations for a great group golf getaway on Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.

“We’ve got several groups who have been coming here for 20 years,” says Clemmons, who credits the area’s resort and laid-back feel along with the high caliber and variety of courses for bringing the groups back year after year.

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With decades of experience in arranging golf trips, Clemmons shares her expert tips below:

Planning the Ultimate Group Golf Getaway at NC’s Brunswick Islands – 10 Tips

  1. Select and book your accommodations first to ensure that you get your preferred travel dates.
  2. Book courses and tee-times as soon as dates are confirmed.
  3. Work with lodging partners to coordinate catered meals and dinners in advance; many lodging and vacation rental companies work with several caterers and are happy to assist in creating a memorable event.
  4. Plan a mix of on-site meals and dinner events at area restaurants to take in a taste of the coast and see a bit of the area.
  5. Designate one group member to be in charge of scoring and awards.
  6. Reserve an extra condominium for the hospitality suite and stock with water, beverages, snacks, etc.
  7. Don’t forget gift baskets and awards.
  8. Most importantly, get a great golf group name! Monikers like Mulligan’s Island, Weapons of Grass Destruction or Complete and Putter Madness, set the tone for a great getaway!
  9. Schedule in some time to explore the area – a day at the beach, a fishing charter, ATV tour, and more are available in NC’s Brunswick Islands.
  10. Leave planning to the experts so you can concentrate on having fun and focusing on the birdies!

Whether your group is driving or flying, North Carolina’s Brunswick Island’s central east coast location makes it a convenient golf destination for people traveling from across the United States. The area is accessible from both the Wilmington International Airport and the Myrtle Beach International Airport.

For information on these and other Brunswick Islands golf package providers, visit www.ncbrunswick.com/Golf_Packages or download a copy of the Brunswick Islands Golf Guide for all the information you need to plan your next golf getaway!

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands: The Place For Your Next Golf Getaway

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Looking for a retreat to relax and reconnect with good friends while playing some great golf courses? North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, also known as “North Carolina’s Golf Coast”, is awaiting golfers of all levels with more than 30 championship courses and a mild, four-season climate. Get together with friends and play a round in this stunning coastal destination with 45 miles of beautiful beaches and plenty of activities to tee up the perfect getaway. Whether you’re planning a guys’ or a girls’ trip, NC’s Brunswick Islands has an abundance of adventures for both serious golfers and those looking to let loose and feel the sand between their toes.

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Book Your Stay
Select the best accommodations for your group with the array of lodging options in the Brunswick Islands. Try a golf resort like Sea Trail Resort or Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort for all the makings of a golf getaway in one location. Experience a hotel or resort, either oceanfront or inland for a comfortable stay in your desired location.  Another great option for groups, the Brunswick Islands is home to countless beach rental homes, ideal for individual rooms and the advantage of a main gathering space. Check out the Brunswick Islands’ lodging options at http://www.ncbrunswick.com/accommodations.

Plan a Hole-in-One
No matter where you’re staying, you’ll find a golf course just minutes away, ideal for those early tee times. With 120 miles of fairways, beginners and experts can find their best golf experience. Golfing in the Brunswick Islands is made even better with the scenic views of the area’s waterways, lush maritime forests and marshes. View a directory of all the courses waiting for you at http://www.ncbrunswick.com/fun_and_adventure/golf.  Book your own tee times or let one of our golf packagers book your accommodations and your golf.

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Catch Some Adventure
With over 30 golf courses in the Brunswick Islands, you can golf all day every day of your stay.  But with 45 miles of Atlantic coastline, there’s also plenty of ocean waiting to be explored, along with scenic marshes and the Intracoastal Waterway. Board a fishing charter for a half-day, full-day or even overnight trip where you can access the warm waters of the Gulf Stream and have a chance to hook tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi and more. For a more low-key day, head out to the salt marsh creeks, black water rivers and coastal bays for kayak fishing in search of trout and flounder. One of the Brunswick Islands’ five ocean piers and surf fishing are even more opportunities for a relaxing day with friends by the water. Browse through the options and select your perfect Brunswick Islands fishing adventure at http://www.ncbrunswick.com/fun_and_adventure/fishing_and_charters.

Take a Deep Breath
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Make wellness part of your getaway with fitness centers and classes, along with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, at select lodging options. Try a yoga class, or venture off-property and rent a bike to take a leisurely pedal down the beach. There’s also nothing like a spa day to recharge your body after a round of golf. Find a range of day spas around the Brunswick Islands, and treat you and your friends to day of pampering and relaxation. Massage away sore muscles and get ready for another round of golf or just a day of lounging on the sandy beach. Start planning your spa day at http://www.ncbrunswick.com/activity/day-spas.

Feel the Salt Air
Six towns over five barrier islands mean even more options for a beach day without the crowds. The pristine beaches of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands offer not only sand, sun and surf, but active travelers can explore two lighthouses, the Oak Island Lighthouse and Old Baldy, along with five ocean piers to find gorgeous scenery without the need for a boat. Discover the unique personalities of each Brunswick Islands beach and spend one day of your getaway trading the golf course green for deep ocean blue. Learn about the towns and beaches of the Brunswick Islands at http://www.ncbrunswick.com/islands.

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Taste the Coast
In the seafood capital of the world, a coastal feast is a not-to-be-missed experience. Find local eateries on the water serving up authentic Calabash-style seafood in one of the many family-owned restaurants throughout the Brunswick Islands. Beyond seafood, surprise and satisfy your taste buds with worldly flavors and steaks worthy of a post-golf refueling. Pop into Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach to experience their “European Style Wines at the Beach” in a beautiful, rustic setting, or stop by Check Six Brewing Company in Southport to toast the day with a wide selection of their 10+ handcrafted ales. Special brewery events include live music and karaoke, and you can take home a growler to continue the celebration. Search for the perfect dinner destination at http://www.ncbrunswick.com/fun_and_adventure/dining.

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your friends together for a retreat. To plan your guys’ or girls’ golf getaway, visit http://www.ncbrunswick.com/fun_and_adventure/Golf_Trips