Experience a wonderful combination of championship-caliber golf and breath-taking scenery at Carolina National Golf Club in Bolivia, NC.
Located midway between Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington, NC, this golf course is the crown jewel of Brunswick County (NC) on the northern end of the Grand Strand. Situated along the banks of the beautiful Lockwood Folly River, the course winds along the inlet through Lowcountry wetlands and woodlands that characterize the Carolina coast.
This Tradition Club property is the handiwork of golfer/architect Fred Couples, who gained fame as both a PGA Tour champion and world-class course designer, and partner Gene Bates. Their attention to detail and eye for nature are on full display in this 27-hole masterpiece, which is as fun to play as it is lovely to look at.
Carolina National Golf Club has a long list of accolades to back up both claims. The course was named one of the "Best New Private Courses" in 1998 by Golf Digest, which also awarded the layout a coveted 4.5 stars on its "Top Places To Play" list. The club also is cited by the National Audubon Society as a natural environmental and wildlife preserve.
Carolina National is divided into three unique but equally impressive nine-hole layouts - The Heron, Egret and Ibis, named for three native species of birds that can be spotted around the course. The extra nine gives golfers the flexibility to play the 18-hole combination of their choice, or to make a day of it and squeeze in all 27.
This 7,000-yard, par 72 (depending on which 18-hole combination you play) utilizes the scenic surroundings to create a layout with a high degree of difficulty, including natural water hazards and expansive waste areas ready to gobble up errant tee shots. With 35 sand bunkers scattered around the course, be sure to bring your A game.
With a course rating of 74.5 and a slope rating of 140, Carolina National presents golfers of all handicaps with a true test of skill. Five different sets of tee placements allow shorter hitters to make up some ground, but the yawning bunkers and vast waste areas put a premium on landing the ball on the Bermuda fairways and greens.
Nowhere is that truer than Carolina National's signature hole - the par-3 203-yard No. 5 - features virtually no fairway, forcing golfers to carry thick marshlands to a sprawling green that is protected by three front-side bunkers and leave little room for error. Such scenarios are par for the course at Carolina National.
Carolina National also offers outstanding amenities and service. The clubhouse features a full restaurant and bar and a well-stocked pro shop and is home to a 14,000-square-foot putting/chipping green, a 320-yard driving range and the Cheryl Brankel Golf Academy, named for the first woman PGA Pro Certified Instruction on the Grand Strand.