The Outer Banks is well known for its pristine beaches. What is not as well-known are the selection and caliber of its golf courses. There are over 8 courses to choose from while living or visiting the Outer Banks. All of these courses are less than an hour’s drive. Just think, you can spend over a week and play a different course each day.
Four of the courses are located off route 158 as you arrive to the Outer Banks. The remaining 4 courses are located between Corolla and Nags Head. Join us for the grand tour of the best golf on the Outer Banks.
The Carolina Club
The Carolina Club is one of the first courses you will pass as you drive to the Outer Banks on route 158 in Grandy, NC. The course was established in 1998. It is a course suitable for all skill levels with 5 sets of tees for the par 72 course. It is known for the island green, a par 3 signature hole.
The course architects were Russell Breeden & Bob Moore. There is a warm-up range, putting and chipping green available to hone your skills. The facility has a fully stocked pro-shop, bar and restaurant available for players. The restaurant is open to the public and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Snack bar is open to golfers on Monday and Tuesday.
Rates to play range from a low of $36 for 18 holes in January, to $89 for 18 holes between June 24 and August 13 with a lower rate after 11:30am and after 3pm. Nine hole tee times are also available. Full rate schedule is available here.
Holly Ridge Golf Course
Holly Ridge Golf Club is located in Harbinger, NC, only 1.5 north of the Wright Memorial Bridge. This 18 hole, par 71 course was designed by architect Norman Newburn and opened in 1992. There is a driving range and practice green. The clubhouse has a snack bar. Rental clubs are available if you forgot to bring your own or want to introduce a new player to the game.
This golf course is more low key than most courses with a relaxed vibe and a great course to introduce children to the game. Rates are affordable in the $50 range in season and specials are available in the $10 range. Staff is very friendly and insist on having fun. Not the most pristinely maintained course on the Outer Banks. The location is convenient and typically not crowded.
Located a short distance across the Wright Memorial bridge (approximately 7 miles), in Powells Point, is Kilmarlic golf course. This course is set in 605 pristine acres of maritime forest and wet lands offering wonderful vistas at each hole. It can be a challenging course but is well laid out and very well maintained.
The course was built in 2002 by course architect Tom Steele and is a par 72. It was selected to host the NC Open in 2004 and 2009. Golf Styles Magazine named the course in the top 100 courses to play in NC.
There is a driving range, practice green, fully stocked pro shop and a new club house and restaurant in 2007. The latest Taylor Made clubs are available for rental at $50 for 18 holes (men’s, women’s left and right handed sets available).
Most visitors and locals alike consider this a favorite course in the OBX. It can be a little pricey at $100 plus for 18 holes but most consider it worth it. You can book your Tee time online and get the best rate with dynamic pricing. Plus, the new H2OBX water park is nearby so you can drop off the wife and kids and enjoy a round knowing the rest of the family is enjoying themselves almost as much.
The Pointe Golf Club, is also located in Powells Point across route 158 from the new H2OBX water park. Built in 1995 by architect Russell Breeden, it is older than Kilmarlic, but it is known for having some of the best greens in all of the Outer Banks. It is consistently well maintained. Practice areas are some of the best with a driving range, short game area with chipping greens, a practice bunker and putting green.
Tee times can be booked online for this par 71 course. Rates are in the $100 range in season with discounts after 11:30 am and after 3pm. It has a fully stocked pro shop, restaurant and bar, and clubs available for rent. Golf instructions are also available.
Duck Woods Country Club
Located in Southern Shores, Duck Woods is semi-private club. It was developed in the 1960’s on 250 plus acres of maritime forest. The par 71 course was designed by Ellis Maples and opened in June 1969. The clubhouse was re-built in 2005. It has a fully stocked pro-shop, practice range and practice greens.
Rates are dependent on type of membership and guest of members can play at an accompanied rate or an unaccompanied rate.
Most golfers agree it can be a challenging course with lots of water obstacles; it makes you think.
Club members can also enjoy other amenities with full service restaurant, tennis courts, fitness gym and outdoor swimming pool. A favorite location for wedding and other special events.
Sea Scape Golf Links
Located in Kitty Hawk, NC, Seascape Golf Links is only one block from the ocean and features sweeping views of the ocean from several holes. From dramatic elevations in the dunes to paths through the maritime forest makes a day of golf here rather special. The Scottish links style course, which opened in 1965, was designed by Art Wall and is par 70.
Tee times can be conveniently booked online. There is a fully stocked pro shop, clubhouse with restaurant and bar, driving range and practice green. Seascape hosted the NC Open in 2000.
Nags Head Golf Links
Another Scottish style links course, designed by Bob Moore in 1986, is Nags Head Golf Links, located where else but in Nags Head, NC.
This par 71 course is also known for its wonderful ocean and sound views. Golf Digest describes the views as “among the most beautiful in the eastern United States”. Golf Week places this course in the top 50 courses.
The course is open to the public as well as having memberships with additional benefits to the ClubCorp group of facilities. You can reserve a Tee Time online. There is also a pro shop, driving range and practice green. The sound front restaurant and bar features gorgeous sunsets. Wedding and events can be held in the wonderful club house for a memorable evening and breathtaking views.
The Currituck Club
On the northern area of the Outer Banks is Corolla. The Currituck Club is the only golf course located in Corolla and is also a member of the ClubCorp group. The par 72 semi-private course was designed by Rees Jones and opened in 1996.
Golf magazine rated the course as one of the “10 best new place you can play” in 1999. Golf Digest rated it as one of the “Top 25 course in North Carolina”.
The course is open to the public and you can schedule a Tee Time online. There is a fully stocked pro shop, driving range and practice green, and a GPS parview yardage system. The club house with restaurant and bar is open to the public and the club also host special events.
The course is nestled within a resort of mostly vacation homes and boasts a full set of amenities like 7 tennis courts, basketball, volleyball courts, playground, fitness center, beach shuttle and more.
The Outer Banks has some great golf courses to play year round and still never get bored. If you love golf and are considering purchase of a permanent home, vacation rental, retirement home or second home; there are many golf course communities available. Schedule an appointment today to see what is available and how affordable a vacation home can be.