(843) 249-5800 (Local) *
(843) 249-5804 (Fax)
(877) 480-4653 (Toll Free)
807 Sea Mountain Hwy, Unit B
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
By Joe Derus- NorthMyrtleBeachOnline.comSouthport, NC November 25, 2007--The other day this average Joe golfer went to Southport, NC to play Bald Head Island Golf Club, through the courtesy of Myrtle Beach Golf Directors.
The 16th is the 187 yards and yes that one is over water to the green. Now don’t get me wrong this course is fun and different. But, when you see a sign that says ‘Caution Alligators;’ believe it!
Lurking just below the bank a gator may be plotting its next meal; like a pre- occupied golfer looking to see if his ball made the water.
Seriously, the obviously well fed gators are docile; just give them a wide berth.
We were caution by the starter that on the 14th you may lose your tee shot especially if you hit it in the middle of the fairway. It seems as if a red fox likes to collect golf balls and take them back to its lair .This did not happen to anyone in our group.
We lose balls the traditional way.
The cart paths sometimes are just trails through the beautiful natural foliage on the island. I especially liked the way each green has a tree background when viewed from the fairway. It makes each hole look like it is the only one on the course.
The course is surrounded by a maritime forest. The lush maritime forest of live oaks, dogwoods, palms, cedars, yaupons, wax myrtles and junipers adds to its luxurious feel.
An interesting quirk about this course is tee times are more available in the spring and fall and not readily available in the summer.
A couple tips when going to Bald Head Golf Club, dress appropriately for the weather and in proper golf attire. Secure your clubs in the bag with the travel covers. Your bag/clubs will be moved from dock to boat to tram and loose clubs may be a problem if not properly secured.
And the biggest tip of all, this is a private golf course. Tee Times must be obtained through a certified tour director, such as Myrtle Beach Golf Directors. You cannot call the club house direct, to get tee times unless you are a member of the club.
Yes it was a very good day of golf, site seeing and this old baldy had a great time playing Bald Head Island Club. I enjoyed posing with the lighthouse, also called old baldy, behind me.