1643 Goley Hewett Rd SE,
Bolivia, North Carolina NC 28422
Office+1 (888) 200 6455
Pro shop+1 (910) 755 5200
Fax+1 (910) 755 5203
Golf proCheryl Brankel (Teaching Professional)
AcademyCheryl Brankel Golf Academy
27 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk (although some long green-to-tee walks).
Woodland and residential.
Fred Couples signature course, co-designed with Gene Bates.
Above distances are for the Egret / Heron combination.
15 miles NW of Southport
Travelling north from Myrtle Beach on US Hwy 17, you will cross the border into North Carolina. Continue on Hwy 17 for approx 22 miles. At traffic lights, turn right onto the 211 direction Southport / Bald Head Island. After 2.7 miles turn right into Winding River Plantation and follow Zion Hill Road. After 1.2 miles turn right into Goley Hewitt Road. After 100 yds golf clubhouse is on your left.
Carolina National Golf Club, located on the Winding River plantation, is home to three equally attractive out-and-back nine-hole loops: the Egret, Heron and Ibis. This is a big-dimension layout that roams its way over a wide area of modestly undulating, mainly wooded terrain. Plenty of small lakes, ponds and wetlands making their presence felt, while tall pines line several fairways, providing a screen behind which real estate often sits.
There is much to applaud and enjoy in this challenging and scenic course. On the Heron and Ibis nines, you are treated to spectacular views onto the expansive marshlands of the Lockwood Folly River, and both these nines have wonderfully testing riverside par-3's, jutting out into the marsh. On the Heron course, the intriguing short par-4 3rd innovatively uses four teeing grounds, widely spaced along a ridge, but all hitting down onto the same water-flanked fairway.
True to form, Fred "Boom-Boom" Couples gives you sufficient space to work the ball from the tee, but care will be needed thereafter. Water or wetland is a threat on several holes, and large sandy waste areas also feature, not least right up the middle of the fairway at the par-4 9th (Ibis).
Some long green-to-tee distances often provide pleasant and tranquil boardwalk drives through natural woodland swamp. If we had to pick a favourite nine, it would be the slightly tighter Ibis, with its more natural feel and containing some of the best of the 27-holes.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Carolina National is an Audubon International Certified Sanctuary Course committed to maintaining and promoting a refuge for wildlife and a healthy environment.
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