Best Public Golf Courses in Wilmington, North Carolina

By now, I’m guessing you’re familiar with our course guides.  If so, you know that I love golf in the Carolinas.  I make a buddies’ trip to play back here every year. Even with as much as I’ve played in this part of the world though, I’m constantly reminded that I haven’t even come close to ...

Compass Pointe Golf Club

One of the newest courses in the state is located just 10 minutes from downtown Wilmington.  It’s called Compass Pointe.Designed by North Carolina native, Rick Robbins, this layout has quickly developed a reputation as a tough track. While the fairways are wide, the greens are substantial and can ...

Eagle Point Golf Club

According to Golf Digest, “Eagle Point is some of Tom Fazio’s best work”. The locals say this is one of the most underrated rounds of golf in the Wilmington area.  Holes wander through live oaks, sabal palms, and coastal waterways. This is target golf as all of the above come into play regularly.  ...

Magnolia Greens Golf Course

Another widely respected 27-hole facility is Magnolia Greens. Each nine plays distinctly different with a mixture of tight and narrow, long and short holes.  While some holes demand your very best if you’re going to make par, others allow you to play more aggressively and give yourself a chance ...

Wilmington Municipal Golf Course

I love a good muni.  You guys probably know that by now if you’ve read enough of our course guides.Wilmington Muni is operated by the city.  It was designed by none other than Donald Ross in 1926. An old-school traditional layout, the course is framed by stately oak and pine trees.  Strategically ...

Beau Rivage Golf and Resort

There’s just something especially romantic about golf along the coast.  That’s exactly what awaits at Beau Rivage. This 18-hole masterpiece makes its way through coastal estuaries and forests of whispering pines.  Even though this course is located in the low country, elevation changes up to 75 ...

Carolina National Golf Club

No less than 27 holes of award-winning golf await at Carolina National. Designed by Fred Couples, this layout is the epitome of golf in the coastal lowlands.  The Lockwood Folly River comes into play on a number of holes and is downright gorgeous.  More than 100 acres of native wetlands not only ...

Ironclad Golf and Beer Garden

Yes, you read that right.  This place has not only great golf, but more beer than you can imagine as well.  Sounds like a winning combination to me. Owned and operated by Ironclad Brewing Company, this track is in the fourth phase of a major renovation.  So far, the improvements have been met with ...

Old Pointe Golf Club

Old Pointe Golf Club has a storied history having opened all the way back in 1975.  Today, this semi-private facility boasts an active membership, but is open to play for the public. Designed by Jerry Turner, this is a parkland layout that makes its way through native woodlands and over rolling ...

Castle Bay Country Club

True links courses are few and far between in this part of the country.  However, that’s precisely what you’ll find at Castle Bay Country Club. Penal bunkers, native grasses, and ample penalty areas can be found throughout.  With that said, the landing areas are generous and well-defined. The wind ...

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