210 Clubhouse Rd, Sea Trail Plantation,
Sunset Beach, North Carolina NC 28468
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Relatively flat terrain.
Woodland and residential.
Sea Trail is home to three championship courses : Rees Jones course (18-hole, par-72, 6761 yards); Dan Maples course (18-hole, par-72, 6797 yards); Willard Byrd course (18-hole, par-72, 6750 yards).
3 miles E of Calabash
Travelling north from Myrtle Beach on US Hwy 17 : just before the South Carolina / North Carolina border, you will meet the junction of Hwy 17 and route 179 (Beach Drive SW to Calabash). Take the 179 to Calabash. After approx 3 miles, at traffic lights in Calabash, continue straight over into Old Georgetown Road SW (still on the 179). After 2.5 miles turn right into Sea Trail. Follow road for approx 1.7 miles (past Conference Centre and clubhouse for Jones and Byrd courses) to clubhouse for the Maples course.
Sea Trail Golf Resort (Dan Maples course): Of the three championship golf courses here at Sea Trail, the Dan Maples design pre-dates the Jones and Byrd courses by about five years. It also commands pride of place alongside Calabash Creek.
Home no doubt to an alligator or two, the wonderfully natural Calabash Creek runs alongside four holes, not least on the leftside of the opening pair, two short par-4s, the first of which is driveable for the biggest hitters - if you have the nerve. When not playing the creekside holes (1 & 2 on the front-nine, and 12 & 13 on the back), the Maples is a predominantly wooded layout. Plenty of pines and oaks line the fairways, providing good protective cover and screening for the real estate, which, most of the time, sits discreetly in the background.
There are some pleasant though never dramatic elevation changes, especially on the more natural feeling back-nine, where housing becomes much less noticeable. The good-sized and occasionally elevated greens support many slopes and borrows, and are generally well-bunkered, fiercely so at the shortish par-4 18th.
Water is a less potent threat than on Sea Trail's other two courses, making its presence felt only on the creekside holes and at the sharply doglegging par-4 7th, and the tough par-4 8th, which starts with a tee-shot over a good-size pond. With large sandy waste areas skirting a few holes and some tightish fairways to hit, the Maples combines many attractive features, making for an enjoyable and at times testing round of golf.
Stay & Play at Sea Trail: luxury onsite accommodation in suites and vacation rentals are available; see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts compulsory.
The Rees Jones and Willard Byrd courses share the same clubhouse and pro shop, next to the main Sea Trail buildings that house the Conference Centre, Magnolias Restaurant and the Real Estate Sales Offices. The Dan Maples clubhouse is about one mile further south on the Sea Trail Resort property.
211 Clubhouse Road, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
+1 (910) 287 1100Visit website
Sea Trail Resort features a well-designed collection of rental villas and condominiums, predominantly located alongside the Dan Maples course, one of three championship golf courses at Sea Trail. Also onsite you'll find a large conference centre, varied dining options and a full array of resort amenities.
Sea Trail (Rees Jones, Dan Maples and Willard Byrd courses).
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37 West First Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
+1 (910) 579 0750Visit website
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.
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