How to Have the Best Topsail Island Golf Vacation
If you love golf, then you probably know about North Carolina’s golf community. For decades North Carolina has been one of the most sought after destinations for golfers and Topsail Island is the perfect beach destination for the avid golfer. Our location puts visitors in a wonderland of golf and Carolina sunshine.
Find the Perfect Course
The hardest part about golfing on Topsail Island is deciding which of the many courses to play. Not that you have to play just one. In fact, to make the most of your golf vacation make plans to visit several of the different courses. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy playing and even if this is your first time there are lots of great courses that offer lessons. Here are just a few of the best courses in the area that you might like to try.
Located just off coastal highway US-17 in Hampstead, NC there is a challenging Scottish links style 18-hole championship course. Although there are no trees on the course, there are the typical links hazards of tall bunkers, water, and waste areas. True to the tradition the course demands excellent shot placement on almost every hole. And yes, like all links courses, occasionally one must factor in the wind.
Nestled like a sleeping giant along the Intracoastal Waterway is the beautiful North Shore Country Club. They offer the perfect combination of natural beauty and challenging play. Majestically blending the game to its surroundings, architect Bob Moore offers both the novice golfer and seasoned player an enjoyable and challenging experience. This puts North Shore on the must-play list when visiting the Topsail Island area.
The golf course at Belvedere has certainly evolved since its conception in the 1970’s. Belvedere now features a rare combination of six par threes, seven par fours, and five par fives to achieve a par of 71. Located in coastal Hampstead, NC, the front nine takes you out toward the Intracoastal Waterway and back toward the Clubhouse; the back nine ventures you inland and then back toward the Clubhouse forming a giant figure 8 without any parallel fairways. This design offers a sure test in the normally breezy conditions. You will experience the winds coming from every direction during your round.
The Olde Point Country Club was built in 1974 and opened to the public in 1975. Jerry Turner, the golf course designer, made use of the rolling terrain, wooded areas, lakes and streams to build a scenic and challenging course. Olde Point has matured into a beautiful 18 hole course with bermuda fairways and paspalum greens.
5 Awesome Apps for the Golf Enthusiast
Lets face it, if you love golf you probably love any gadget that can help with your game or connect you to the game you love so much. Here are five of the best apps that you will definitely want to have on your phone this season.
For tee times and discounted prices on rounds at more than 6,000 golf courses worldwide this app is a winner. You can book directly in the app, check course information and reviews, and get directions to courses near you. This app also includes a GPS rangefinder, a digital scorecard for up to four players, and statistics tracking. It also supports Apple Watch and Android Wear. There is also a VIP membership option that offers a few perks and rewards, but it costs $200 for the year.
No more guessing or arguing with uncle Joe about a specific rule. This app has all the answers regarding the game of golf. The R & A takes its name from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and is committed to supporting and promoting golf worldwide. This straightforward app is packed with rules, definitions, tips on etiquette, and even has a quiz to test your knowledge.
Stay up to date with the latest scores on all the biggest tournaments. The app even gives you round results and player scorecards. The best part about this app is it covers tournaments from all over the globe not just the states.
This app features a GPS rangefinder, digital scorecard, and stat tracker. It also offers side games, rewards, and news feed keeping you up to date with the latest news in the golf world. You can even share rounds and compete for a spot on the leaderboard or find out about local events to compete in. The app supports both Apple Watch and Android Wear. Few apps offer so many features in a free app.
The 19th hole is usually the clubhouse bar. However, with this app it is so much more than that. This free app is packed with features like a GPS rangefinder, digital scorecard, performance tracking features, and you can even check on available tee times. The best thing about this one is it is also Apple Watch compatible
Now is the time to book your late summer or fall Topsail Island golf vacation. There is still plenty of time to find that perfect vacation home or condo. Our homes are the perfect place to explore not only our beautiful beaches and to play some of the best courses on the North Carolina coast.