Best 3 Outer Banks Golf Courses
by Jessie S.
You probably know that the Outer Banks is a great place to visit if you love boating, swimming and fishing… it is the beach after all! But did you know that the Outer Banks has several top-notch golf courses that visitors can play? In fact, THREE of our golf courses made the 2018 Top 100 Golf Courses in North Carolina list issued by the NC Golf Panel! Not only did these three courses make the top 100 list but combined, Kilmarlic Golf Club, The Currituck Club and Nags Head Golf Links made the #2 spot for “Best Golf Getaways in the Coastal Region!” Whether you’re new to the sport or you’ve been golfing for years, a vacation on the Outer Banks is the exact golf getaway you need so book your trip and check out one of the best 3 Outer Banks golf courses!
The North Carolina Golf Panel
Originally founded in 1995, the North Carolina Golf Panel is the authority in North Carolina’s golf course rankings. Every year, the top 100 golf courses in the state are selected. Per their website, members of the group include “golf media, including writers from some of the top daily newspapers in the state, an array of club pros and general managers at many outstanding courses, accomplished amateur players and college golf coaches, and others who take an active role in promoting golf in North Carolina.” Other categories include “Hidden Gems,” “Best Golf Getaways,” and “Best Club Amenities,” among others. Click here to view the entire 2018 winners list.
Kilmarlic Golf Club
Address: 215 Westside Ln. Powell’s Point, NC 27966
Rankings: #81 in 2018 Top 100 Golf Courses of NC, #23 in 2018 Top 50 Courses You Can Play, #2 in 2018 Best Golf Getaways – Coastal Region, #81 in 2017 Top 100 Golf Courses of NC
Located on the mainland, Kilmarlic Golf Club is just a short drive away for guests who vacation in Southern Shores or choose to book a rental home in Kitty Hawk. This fantastic 18-hole course is kept in tournament-playing condition. Designed by Tom Steele in 2002, the Kilmarlic Golf Club features Bermuda grass and covers over 600 acres of maritime forest and wetlands with natural formations like pine trees and giant oak canopies. This course also received recognition as #14 on the Top 15 You Can Play in NC by GolfWeek Magazine in 2013. You’ll love playing on the same course that was chosen to host the North Carolina Open in 2004 and 2009. If you get hungry on site, the club’s restaurant, Black Tartan Tap Room, serves burgers, sandwiches, salads and a variety of bar drinks. Call for tee times or book your tee time online.
For those who want to improve their game, consider booking a personal golf clinic with PGA Teaching Professional Cathy Johnson Forbes. Seaside Vacations guests are eligible to book this clinic for FREE through Club Seaside ($20/person charge for range fees is required). Simply book the clinic directly through the Kilmarlic Golf Club and provide your reservation # (or app) to attend this free clinic. Click here for additional information on this special offer.
Don’t want to commit to the full 18-holes? Kilmarlic Golf Club offers a short 4-hole game called “The Loop,” made up of the first four (three par 4 and one par 3) holes in the course… perfect for a fun afternoon! Seaside Vacations guests can play “The Loop” for a special discounted rate of $20 for adults and $10 for children through Club Seaside when they present their reservation # (or app) when booking! Click here for additional information on this special offer.
The Currituck Club
Address: 620 Currituck Clubhouse Dr. Corolla, NC 27927
Rankings: #64 in 2018 Top 100 Golf Courses of NC, #19 in 2018 Top 50 Courses You Can Play, #8 in Top 12 Courses By Region – Coastal, #2 in 2018 Best Golf Getaways – Coastal Region, #66 in 2017 Top 100 Golf Courses of NC
The Currituck Club golf course is in the heart of Corolla conveniently located near many of our Corolla vacation rentals. Designed by Rees Jones in 1996, The Currituck Club is an 18-hole 6,800+ yard course built on natural Outer Banks soundside land including wetlands, maritime forests, and sand dunes. The course itself features Bermuda fairway grass and Bent greens grass. The club grounds also include a basketball and volleyball court, 7 tennis courts, a playground, fitness center, bike trails and lawn games. Other amenities include a beach shuttle, clinics, on-course beverage cart, driving range, and short game area with sand bunker. The club is often host of charity events, golf tournaments, corporate celebrations and even weddings. A pro-shop and full-service grille are also on site. Tee times can be booked online.
Nags Head Golf Links
Address: 5615 South Seachase Dr. Nags Head, NC 27959
Rankings: #100 in 2018 Top 100 Golf Courses of NC, #31 in 2018 Top 50 Courses You Can Play, #8 in Top 12 Courses By Region – Coastal, #2 in 2018 Best Golf Getaways – Coastal Region
Nags Head Golf Links is the perfect course for Seaside Vacations guests who are staying in a Nags Head Vacation Home. Designed in 1986 by Bob Moore, the Nags Head Golf Links course is an 18-hole course covering 6,126 yards. Made of Bermuda fairway grass and Bent L93 Greens grass, the course utilizes the natural landscape of sand dunes and coastline to create a beautifully unique course rooted in authentic Scottish tradition. Situated along the Roanoke Sound, golfers can enjoy instructional clinics, private lessons, a golf supply shop, practice green and Cayman driving range. The grounds also feature the Links Grille which offers a full bar and serves up tasty dinners with a sunset view. The site is also often host of tournaments, celebrations and charity events. Tee times can be booked online.
Jessie has been coming to the Outer Banks since she was just 5 years old. She loved it here so much that she finally relocated in 2018. Now her mission is to show the world that the Outer Banks is an incredible place that everyone should experience. When she isn't working, you can find Jessie hanging out with her friends, chilling at home with her awesome cat, Yoji, or discovering a new Outer Banks adventure.