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Carolina National Golf Club

  • Overall: - 7.12

Divided between three nine-hole courses – the Egret, the Heron and the Ibis – Carolina National Golf Club is nestled along the Lockwood Folly River in Brunswick County, North Carolina. The combination of any two of the three nines play at around yards from the tips, but with five separate tees, the trio provides a solid-yet-fair challenge for players of all levels. Some of the highlights for this Fred Couples/Gene Bates design include Egret’s No. 2, a par-4, 427-yard hole that bends around a small lake to the left and incorporates two oversized bunkers on the right. There’s also the challenging par-3 No. 5 on Heron, a 205-yard hole buried deep enough in the native trees that it almost feels cut off from the rest of the course. And don’t forget the Ibis. Those who play there get one of the more original finishes on the Carolina coast. The split fairway on this 394-yard par 4 is separated by large waste bunker. Those who take the left must contend with a large pond on the approach; go right, and a star-shaped bunker comes into play.

Carolina National Golf Club, which also features a 14,000 square-foot putting and chipping green and a 320-yard driving range, is located just across the North Carolina border in Bolivia, a short drive up U.S. 17 from the heart of the Myrtle Beach area.

Carolina National Golf Club recently received an overall rating of 8.6 from reviewers at Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, with exceptionally high marks for its fairways and staff. The 27-hole course has also been honored as a one of the East Coast’s finest courses by Golf Digest. Additionally, the course holds the distinction of being an Audubon-Certified Sanctuary Golf Course, meaning it has established itself in the golf community while preserving the environment and local wildlife.

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Last 5 Reviews

Myrtle Beach Golf Insider
  • Rick - My group played all 27 holes on a deal where you get 27 holes and lunch. We had a great time. The golf course was in excellent condition. Not complaints. The greens putted very true and were moderately fast for summertime conditions. Speed of play for a Saturday was good. We were held up on a few holes but still all in all good pace of play. The staff is very friendly and the food in the grill was excellent. I had a bacon cheeseburger and it was one of the best, cooked perfectly (medium-rare), that I have had. This was my 2nd timed playing Carolina National and I definiely would recommend playing it. - 09/22/2016 - 10

  • David - After 2 terrible experiences a few years ago, our group was glad to see Carolina National is back! The greens were nearly perfect and the rest of the course was fantastic. It's a beautiful facility and a great course. So happy to see the conditions are now up to par. - 09/15/2015 - 8

  • George - Hard greens with little or no grass. Pins on slopiest part of greens. Tees way back. Wouldn't think the average golfer would enjoy this. Used to love this course but the maintenance seems to be slipping. Cart attendant didn't seem to be interested in handling our bags even though you can't take carts into the parking lot. - 03/20/2015 - 4

  • JJ - Used to love this course but greens in terrible shape. They used the old dormant Bermuda excuse but it seemed that on the greens with the least grass the pins were placed on the slopiest portion of the green. Also most holes were cut poorly giving the volcano effect around the hole. The gold tees were all back as far as possible making them play almost as long as the black tees. Not much fun for the average golfer. - 03/17/2015 - 5

  • Art (Wilmington, DE) - The new champions greens were very good, smooth and fast. Good conditions everywhere. CN had the best conditions I have ever seen there. This is again a great value. Lunch off the menu was included, but I can't say if that is ongoing or only a 2014 deal. The drive time from the hotel was 55 minutes, about the same as driving to Heritage/Cal. It?s difficult to pick a best 9, as all 3 nines are interesting and blend together in any combination. I like the Heron 9 the best. Most holes are tree lined, interesting and different, thanks to Freddy. CN is a must play in this price range. - 10/28/2014 - 10

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