Outer Banks Golf Courses Rank in State Top 100 List
[caption id="attachment_11187" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Currituck Club, Outer Banks, North Carolina[/caption]
The famed Outer Banks of North Carolina has further cemented its status as a burgeoning golf destination, with a popular trio of area courses cracking the North Carolina Golf Panel's Top 100 Courses rankings for the first time ever.
On the heels of Kilmarlic Golf Club earning a No. 14 spot among Golfweek's 2013 "Best Courses You Can Play" in North Carolina, Kilmarlic now joins The Currituck Club and Nags Head Golf Links in the 2013 Golf Panel rankings of the finest courses in one of the country's best golf states.
"Having three ranked golf courses on the Outer Banks definitely puts us on the map as a golf destination," said Ben Bridgers, General Manager of Nags Head Golf Links and OBX Golf Association member. "It's a great honor for Nags Head to be in the Top 100, especially after having to recover from Hurricane Irene. We feel like the club is a hidden gem as a great test of golf located in a beautiful place."
The Top 100 courses are determined by a scoring system in which panelists are asked to consider such factors as conditioning, routing, design, strategy, memorability, fairness, variety and aesthetics. The panel's rankings are published annually in the April issue of Business North Carolina magazine, and are detailed on the panel's website (www.NCGolfPanel.com).
The Currituck Club (No. 71), designed by world-renowned architect Rees Jones, rolls across diverse coastal terrain with soundside views distinctly its own on the northern end of the barrier island in the town of Corolla. Although a grand design, this course is also the area's most demanding, especially when the wind kicks up.
Located on the mainland and five minutes from the Wright Brothers Bridge, Kilmarlic Golf Club (No. 84) is a popular Tom Steele design nestled along the marshland of the Albemarle Sound and host course for both the 2004 and 2009 North Carolina Opens. For the past three years in the fall, Kilmarlic has also hosted the Old Dominion/Outer Banks collegiate championship.
Nags Head Golf Links (No. 98), crafted by Bob Moore, plays hard along the inner waterway on the southern end of the Outer Banks. The front and back nine closing holes along the sound are particularly spectacular. Nags Head Golf Links' bar and restaurant is also home to some of the most beautiful sunsets on the Outer Banks, with views not only across the Roanoke Sound, but also toward three other sounds (Albemarle, Croatan and Pamlico).
The OBX golf experience is further enhanced by two other courses located on the Currituck mainland. The Pointe Golf Club and The Carolina Club are a pair of immaculately manicured and conditioned golf courses around - definitely worth a day trip off the island to go play. After all, the sister layouts are owned and operated by a man who also runs one of the region's major turf grass companies, and both courses were built on what had previously been fertile farm land.
For more information about Outer Bank golf, and to book your Outer Banks golf getaway, please visit www.OuterBanksVacations.com or call 866.884.0267.
Monday, April 15, 2013