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

Father and son golfing

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.

Junior Golf Sandpiper Bay

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.

Tim Cate: The FORE Father of Golfing the North Carolina Coast

north Carolina’s Brunswick Islands is known as North Carolina’s Golf Coast, where championship courses have been designed by such greats as Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Fred Couples, Dan Maples, Willard Byrd and Hale Irwin.  Each offers a wide range of settings, from marsh to maritime forests, to lakes, streams, beaches and the Intracoastal Waterway, and each is unique in its design and playability.

One designer, Tim Cate, who may be lesser-known outside of our area is worth noting. In fact, he is quite renowned along the coast for his sustainable golf course design that completely incorporates the natural terrain, providing an artful challenge for golf enthusiasts.

We like to think he’s a best-kept secret, just like our area.

Cate says this, “Unlike the South Carolina courses, this is a unique region with a bit of a roll to the land, which provides some wind break off the water and opportunities for interesting layouts. We have beautiful beaches and low-rise development, so the area has been left in a more natural state.”

In 2010, Golf Digest named a golf course in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands “Best design by an architect you’ve never heard of.” Golf course architect Tim Cate, a resident of Sunset Beach, attended West Virginia University and the University of Georgia, graduating with a degree in Landscape Architecture. He then spent eight years under the tutelage of course design greats like Willard Byrd.  According to Jamie Roderick, General Manager of The Thistle Golf Club, “Cate doesn’t just move earth. He carefully designs his courses, then supervises like a virtuoso, taking advantage of the lay of the land as it is being sculpted by the construction crew.”

For your next North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands’ vacation, consider one of these several award-winning, Tim Cate-designed courses…

Cape Fear National 

Cape Fear National in Leland is the newest golf course in Brunswick County. Among its prestigious awards, Cape Fear was named among the top “11 best courses you can play in NC” as named by Golfweek magazine. Expect to see ornate grasses, drive-through waste bunkers, two waterfalls and over 1,500 linear feet of bridges as you weave through 18 holes of exceptionally conditioned golf.

Cape Fear National, No. 13According to Director of Sales and Marketing, Brad Walker, “There’s really a wow factor here at Cape Fear National. Week after week, we receive rave reviews on the overall conditioning of the golf course, the surrounding natural landscape and the quality of our A1/A4 Bentgrass greens. Tim Cate’s attention to detail is impressive and he is an expert when it comes to local landscape in Coastal North Carolina.”

The “Big Cats” Courses 

Ocean Ridge Plantation in Sunset Beach offers four championship “Big Cats” golf courses – three designed by Tim Cate.  The three Tim Cate courses each has it’s own unique character and feel, but with the unifying Tim Cate signature design features incorporated into their layouts for the thrill of the hunt.

Two courses of note are Tiger’s Eye and Leopard’s Chase. Tiger’s Eye is distinguished by dramatic 60-foot elevation changes reminiscent DSC_0718_LC 4 smallof the North Carolina sand hills and a stunning combination of natural waste areas, native grasses, wildflowers, pine and oak trees and water, including Carolina bays, two waterfalls and marshland typical of a coastal environment. Leopard’s Chase offers stunning natural beauty playing along expansive natural wetlands and features dramatic elevation changes heretofore unseen along the coast.

Thistle Golf Club

The clubhouse at the venerable Thistle Golf Club in Sunset Beach is of traditional Scottish design, filled with the antiquitClubhouse-Twlght[1] smallies, original documents, trophies, ledgers and other memorabilia from the original 1815 Thistle club on Edinburgh’s revered Links of Leith. In similar Scottish tradition, architect Tim Cate provided windswept fairways, heather-covered hillsides and generous rolling Bentgrass greens, earning a 4 ½-star rating by Golf Digest.

With 120 miles of fairways and 45 miles of wide, un-crowded beaches, free from high-rise Microsoft Word - Document1development, dedicated golfers as well as families can all find their paradise. With over 30 golf courses in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, you could stay for a month and play one course each day. Perks to golfing in Brunswick Islands include more than 30 hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts and golf resorts, as well as countless seaside and inland vacation rental homes and condos for every style and budget.  If golf is your vacation focus, our local golf packagers can arrange for the perfect visit. View a video here about Brunswick Islands’ golf.

The North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands’ Golf Guide is the perfect tool to get your dream golf vacation started.  To order a printed copy of the Golf Guide and/or to sign up for emails click here.