Just as the North Carolina coast is known as the land of beginnings, Spring is considered the season for new beginnings. The weather warms, flowers bloom, trees fill up with greenery and dormant golf fairways transform themselves back into verdant seas.
The spring of 2021, however, will have an even heavier burden cast upon it when it resumes: it must help realign the stars. In that vein, the Masters Tournament will be played in Augusta, Georgia, returning to its traditional spot in the first full week of April. A bit farther north and east, folks will once again arrive along the Currituck Outer Banks in search of wild horses, shifting sand dunes, and ocean waves. Naturally, golf courses across the area will welcome back players – as safe[r] havens – in an even more fervent fashion.
Year after year, the Currituck Outer Banks makes mainlanders dream about hammocks, lighthouses, fishing and glorious, sun-filled family vacations. For those looking to put an extra charge into their Currituck stayover, there’s no better place than on any or all of its golf venues. While The Currituck Club headlines the list as being the one nearest to the ocean, the road into town willingly delivers top-notch golf as well. That’s because several highly regarded layouts line Highway 158 with one of them – Kilmarlic Golf Club – even providing a refuge for families and golfers of families to stay and play with its neighborhood of golf cottages.
“Last year was a difficult year for everyone,” says Bryan Sullivan, the director of golf at Kilmarlic. “Still, the whole island did well with rentals and our cottages were no exception. We feel fortunate. The Outer Banks is a great place for families to visit because they can get into a home and isolate. The restaurants around town also embrace the challenge providing things like ‘to go’ pickups.”
If this trend continues this spring, golfers know they always had and always will have a place to escape to.
“We provide an outdoor environment that is both fun and safe,” Sullivan adds. “Golfers will feel comfortable in their surroundings wherever they choose to tee it up here.”
Highway 158 through Grandy and Powells Point, in addition to Kilmarlic, features two other golf courses known as the Carolina Club and The Pointe. Together, this trio of popular, upscale layouts provides an inland diversion to the truly ocean- and sound-side adventure golfers will discover at the Rees Jones-designed Currituck Club.
The first mainland golf course you will reach while traveling south into the region is the Carolina Club. It is best known for its signature island green par-3 7th hole that highlights an outstanding 7,000-yard championship design featuring wetlands, water, and bunkers galore.
Next on the approach to the Outer Banks is Kilmarlic. Originally destined to be a private operation, this outstanding venue shifted gears over time and has evolved into the ultimate resort destination with a challenging and newly updated Tom Steele-designed layout, golf cottages, an athletic club with eight tennis courts, an Olympic-sized pool, clubhouse dining, a full practice facility and even a Albemarle Sound-side park with a beach.
Rounding out the trio is The Pointe, the course located closest to the Wright Memorial Bridge spanning the Currituck Sound as it laps up against the true Outer Banks. If you pass up a chance for breakfast in the grillroom at The Pointe, you are missing a true classic. But no matter what time of day you eat or play, the golf at the course features perfect lies on immaculate fairways and greens that are considered among the finest along the East Coast.
For players looking to make their way all the way to the Atlantic and the beautiful Corolla beaches, The Currituck Club may be the sanctuary for them. A big-league, big-name-designed venue, it opened in the summer of 1996. While early sportsmen bagged waterfowl at such grand places as the Currituck Shooting Club, today golfing guests shoot for birdies at this outstanding facility. One of the best things Jones did at The Currituck Club was to set it up so that golfers would face a different challenge every day due to the fact that the wind changes daily.
Also consider adding to your Currituck golf experience with a visit to a pair of fun, family-friendly courses where players of every skill level will find a challenge. Holly Ridge Golf Course, an 18-hole track in Harbinger – that also offers a conveniently lit driving range for those ambitious folks looking to get in a few extra swings after dark – is an affordable way to enjoy a round and opportunities to work on all aspects of your game.
Eagle Creek Golf Club & Grill in Moyock is another affordable par 72 Currituck offering. Since 1999, Eagle Creek has been welcoming players of all skill levels and ages. Generous landing areas line the fairways and allow some margin of error from the tee, especially for those occasional, casual golfers.
Golfers travelling to the Currituck Outer Banks looking for a little time on the links have many choices for customizing a dream vacation. Private beach home accommodations and cottages, delicious seafood, and gorgeous oceanfront views make the trip extra special. Download our free visitors’ guides today and start planning.