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Outer Banks Golf Courses

Carolina Club Golf Course The gentle breezes and the mild temperatures of the Outer Banks provide perfect conditions for playing a round of golf, and beautiful vistas for those out on the links. In addition, most Outer Banks golf courses are open year round. With cheaper lodging prices and lower greens fees, golfing in the off season and shoulder seasons can be an inexpensive and scenic vacation.

Listed below are eleven Outer Banks golf courses (regulation and executive) from Corolla to Hatteras Island, on Currituck mainland, and in Hertford. Regulation courses are semiprivate (public can pay to play). Par and yardage measurements are based on men’s tees. Golf carts are required on some courses (walking isn’t permitted).

The Carolina Club on the Currituck mainland is a 7,000 yard, par 72 course designed by Russell Breeden, and is considered "among the finest putting surfaces in the eastern U.S." by the Southeastern director of the U.S. Golf Association (U.S.G.A). A pro shop and snack bar are on the premises. Clubs and carts can be rented. PGA head pro Doug Kinser teaches individual and group lessons. Greens fees, including cart, range from $79 in June to $39 in January. Book tees times at least three months in advance. The course is open year round.

The Currituck Club opened in 1997 and was named by Golf Magazine as one of the "Top 10 You Can Play”. Designed by Rees Jones, the 6,885-yard par 72 course is situated on 600 acres of wetlands along the Currituck Sound. Lessons and golf schools are offered by PGA professionals. On-site clubhouse contains a pro shop, restaurant, bar and lounge, locker rooms, bag storage, and a private member’s area. The course is open year round.

Duck Woods Country Club (252 261-2609) in Kitty Hawk is the most sheltered of the Outer Banks golf courses and the best place to golf on windy days. Built in 1968, this 18-hole, 6,161-yard, par 72 course was designed by Ellis Maples. The club has 900 members, but also allows public play year round. A driving range, target greens and practice bunkers are available. Resident pro is David Donovan. The clubhouse provides a restaurant, a bar, and locker rooms. Book tee times in advance. Greens fees vary.

Goose Creek Golf and Country Club is a 5,943 yard par 72 Currituck mainland course with affordable greens fees. Designed by Jerry Turner, Goose Creek is a flat, family-friendly course. Tim Burkhart is the resident pro. The clubhouse provides locker rooms and a lounge. Driving range and practice greens are available. Open year round.

Holly Ridge Golf Course (252 491-2893) is in Harbinger. The front nine wind through native trees, while the back nine are more open to the wind. PGA Pro Danny Miller teaches private lessons and group clinics. Pro shop offers equipment, apparel, and club selection. Carts and clubs are available for rent. Greens fees vary.

Mill Run Golf and Country Club (252 435-MILL) is one of the Outer Banks golf courses that isn’t on the barrier islands. Located about 50 miles away, Mill Run offers a great golfing bargain. Resident pro Kevin McCord gives lessons. James Overton, Sr. designed the 6,651 yard course for all levels, which makes it a good course for beginners. A pro shop and snack bar are on site.

Nags Head Golf Links is a soundside 6,100 yard 71 par Scottish links-style course designed by architect Bob Moore. Golf Digest referred to it as "among the most beautiful in the eastern U.S.” Reserve tee times up to a year in advance. Cart and greens fees vary. Seniors receive off-season rates. The course is open daily, except Christmas, and offers food, drinks, driving range, putting green, rental clubs and a golf shop.

Ocean Edge Golf Course (252 995-4100) is located in Frisco on Hatteras Island. The public, 1400 yard par 30 nine-hole executive course also permits 18-hole play. The course is open all year. Tee times are required. Carts and clubs are available for rent.

The Pointe Golf Club in Powell’s Pointe is another of the Outer Banks golf courses designed by Russell Breeden. This 5,911 yard par 71 18-hole championship course is a golfer’s heaven. Resident pro is Doug Kinser. The Pointe offers a restaurant, a clubhouse, driving range, practice bunkers, a full-service pro shop, club and cart rentals, and lessons. Greens fees vary. Call for tee times a month in advance.

Sea Scape Golf Links in Kitty Hawk offers golfers an 18-hole links-style championship course with beautiful water views. The 6,052-yard, par 72 was designed by Art Wall, and hosted the 2000 North Carolina Open. Wind is a factor. Greens fees range from $55 to 100, including the cart. Sea Scape offers golf clinics, a pro shop, club rentals, a restaurant and a driving range. The course is open every day except Christmas. Call ahead for tee times.

The Sound Golf Links (252 426-5555 or 800 535-0704) is another of the Outer Banks golf courses that isn’t on the Outer Banks. About an hour’s drive from Kitty Hawk in Hertford, this 6,504-yard, par 72, 18-hole course was designed by Dan Maples. Resident pro is Jim Nodurft. A restaurant, golf shop, driving range, and putting green are on site. Book tee times up to nine months in advance. Call for greens fees.

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