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Ocean Ridge Plantation Golf

351 Ocean Ridge Pkwy,

Sunset Beach, North Carolina NC 28469

  • Office

    +1 (800) 233 1801
  • Pro shop

    +1 (910) 287 1717
  • Fax

    +1 (910) 287 1701
  • Golf pro

    Phillipe Bureau (Director of Golf)
  • Academy

    Ocean Ridge Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Relatively flat terrain.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and residential.

  • Designer:

    Willard Byrd

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7003
6457
5363
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
75
71.8
70.3

At the same location:

Ocean Ridge Plantation operates four 18-hole "Big Cat" golf links: Tiger's Eye (par-72, 7014 yards); Panther's Run (par-72, 7089 yards); Lion's Paw (par-72, 7003 yards) and Leopard's Chase (par-72, 7155 yards). A possible fifth course, Jaguar's Lair (on the site of the former Angels Trace Golf Links), has yet to come to fruition.

Location

Latitude:

33.938233

Longitude:

-78.488238

How to get there:

6 miles NE of Calabash

Travelling north from Myrtle Beach on US Hwy 17, you will cross the border into North Carolina. Continue on Hwy 17 for approx 8 miles and then turn right into Ocean Ridge Plantation. Follow road to clubhouse. (Note : Tiger's Eye clubhouse is 100 yards just beyond clubhouse for Panther's Run and Lion's Paw. Leopard's Chase clubhouse is in a different location).

Ocean Ridge Plantation (Lion's Paw Golf Links)

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1991

Ocean Ridge Plantation (Lion's Paw Golf Links): Ocean Ridge Plantation is the land of the Big Cats. With courses bearing the names and paw prints of the Tiger, Panther, Leopard (and a Jaguar on the way), the Lion is the oldest of this feline collection, and one whose habitat has become a tad less natural, as residential properties have developed around the course perimeter.

However, the essentials of Willard Byrd's solid design remain, and this is still a course that can summon up a roar or two, as it tests and challenges your game. The course combines many holes bordered by pines or woodland swamp, with a much more open section in the middle of the front-nine and towards the end of the back-nine. Good bunkering and mounding protect the not overly large greens.

On the back-nine water is a more frequent feature around the greens and running alongside the fairways, much more so than on the front-nine. Oyster shells are used to accentuate some of the water hazards, not least on the very good par-3 3rd, and the water surrounded mid-iron par-3 17th.

Like many a mature lion, this layout exudes an air of solid dependability. It certainly has its moments, as at the very good looking par-5 8th, but it doesn't purr with visual interest in quite the same way as some of its more recent big cat neighbours.

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season: c.$73 (all days). Golf cart included.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts compulsory.

Practice facilities

Excellent

Did you know?

Lion's Paw is the original big cat that launched golf at Ocean Ridge back in 1991.

Where2Stay

  • The Winds Oceanfront Inn & Suites

    310 E First St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

    +1 (910) 579 6275

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    At The Winds Inn & Suites you can stay oceanfront, close to some of the most popular golf courses on The Grand Strand.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      No

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Thistle; Pearl Golf Links (East and West courses); Oyster Bay; Sea Trail (Jones, Byrd and Willard courses); Ocean Ridge Plantation (Tiger's Eye, Lion's Paw, Panther's Run and Leopard's Chase courses); Brunswick Plantation; Crow Creek; River's Edge.

  • Ocean Isle Inn

    37 West First Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

    +1 (910) 579 0750

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    Become a true islander and enjoy an oceanfront or sound view accommodation on the island of Ocean Isle Beach. Also well located to access the golf courses of Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      No

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Thistle; Pearl Golf Links (East and West courses); Oyster Bay; Sea Trail (Jones, Byrd and Willard courses); Ocean Ridge Plantation (Tiger's Eye, Lion's Paw, Panther's Run and Leopard's Chase courses); Brunswick Plantation; Crow Creek; River's Edge.

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