Looking for a top-tier golf destination for the spring and summer? Here’s a vote for the iconic Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Along with its storied Lighthouses, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, famed Wild Mustangs of Corolla and scores of watering holes overflowing with fresh seafood and spirits, the Outer Banks has some of the Mid-Atlantic’s best golf courses.
Among them, the Carolina Club in Grandy, N.C., an immaculately manicured and impeccably conditioned golf layout, and its Sister course, The Pointe Golf Club.
Nags Head Golf Links, designed by Bob Moore, plays hard along the inner waterway on the southern end. The front and back nine closing holes along the sound are particularly spectacular. Nags Head’s bar and restaurant, not surprisingly, is also home to the most dramatic sunsets in town, with views not only across the immediate Roanoke Sound, but towards three other sounds (Albemarle, Croatan and Pamlico) that flow into it from the north, west and south, respectively.
The Currituck Club in Corolla, N.C., rolls across diverse coastal terrain with sound-side views distinctly its own on the northern end of the barrier island. Routed by Rees Jones, the course also area’s most demanding, especially when the wind kicks up.
Located on the mainland five minutes from the Wright Brothers Bridge and featuring three new golf cottages among 18 total in the works, Kilmarlic is a popular Tom Steele design nestled along the marshland of the Albemarle Sound and host course for the 2004 and 2009 North Carolina Opens. For the past eight years during the autumn months, Kilmarlic also hosted the Old Dominion/Outer Banks collegiate championship.