The Reserve Club at St James Plantation

3021 Beaver Creek Drive,

Southport, North Carolina NC 28461

  • Office

    +1 (800) 247 4806
  • Pro shop

    +1 (910) 253 3008
  • Fax

    +1 (910) 253 3014
  • Golf pro

    Kipp Bates (Director of Golf)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb (and one or two long green to tree walks).

  • Surroundings:

    Residential, woodland and wetland.

  • Designer:

    P.B. Dye

SSS or slope

At the same location:

Within close proximity to each other at St James Plantation (although each with its own separate clubhouse), are four championship courses : Founders Club (18-hole, par-72, 7016 yards); The Players Club (18-hole, par-72, 6940 yards); The Members Club (18-hole, par-72, 6887 yards); The Reserve Club (18-hole, par-72, 7212 yards).






How to get there:

8 miles W 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 12 miles, at traffic lights, turn right into St James Plantation. From gatehouse follow St James Drive for 3 miles and turn left into the Founders Club.

St James Plantation (Founders Club)

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

Est. 1991

St James Plantation (Founders Club): this was the first of four excellent championship layouts constructed at St James Plantation, and it's the layout that commands pride of place alongside the impressive marshlands of Beaverdam Creek.

You'll have to wait until the wonderful downhill par-3 16th however, before the marshland views come into sharp focus. The 17th and 18th holes, two testing, water-laden par-4s, make excellent and very challenging use of the marsh. The approach shot into 18 is a real knee-trembler.

The layout's wonderfully scenic finish comes as something of a surprise after playing through an unusually open and nicely undulating front-nine. The highlights of the "outward" half include a huge and monstrously sloping green at the par-3 5th, the short, driveable par-4 6th, and a much tougher and longer par-4 7th. Despite its openness, several of the fairways on this stretch will feel quite tight, especially with the semi-rough possessing clinging, velcro-like tendencies in the summer.

As the back-nine gets underway, it weaves its way a little more closely through real estate, with the presence of bunkering and water appearing to grow and grow. When you hit the closing three-hole stretch, any scrap of short green grass becomes most welcome, but a rather rare sight. If the short stuff isn't much in evidence, then wonderful marshland views are definitely there to enjoy.

List of courses: Myrtle Beach


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Contact club for golf rates.

Credit cards accepted.

Other information

Golf carts compulsory.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The St James Plantation golf courses and facilities are managed and operated by Troon Golf, the world's leading luxury-brand golf management, development and marketing company. >> From the closing stretch at the Founders Club you will look out over the marshlands of Beaverdam Creek, which flows into the Intracoastal Waterway less than half a mile further downstream.


  • Hampton Inn - Southport

    5181 Southport Supply Road SE, Southport, NC 28461

    +1 (910) 454 0016

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    The Hampton Inn Southport is located a quarter of a mile north of the intersection of Highway 211 and State Highway 133 (Long Beach Road). The hotel is central to both downtown Southport and the beaches of Oak Island.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      St James Plantation (Players Club, Members Club, Founders Club, Reserve Club courses).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Carolina National; Bald Head Island (by ferry).

  • Comfort Suites

    4963 Southport Supply Rd, Southport, NC 28461

    +1 (910) 454 7444

    Visit website

    Located 14 miles east on Hwy 211, from Hwy 17. The Comfort Suites is ideally located just a 20 minute ferry ride to historical Wilmington and three miles from the beaches of Oak Island. This Southport hotel is minutes from area attractions like the Orton Plantation, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Bald Head Island and the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      St James Plantation (Players Club, Members Club, Founders Club, Reserve Club courses).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Carolina National; Bald Head Island (by ferry).

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