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Golf Courses in North Carolina's Outer Banks Open for Labor Day
Despite absorbing a direct hit from Hurricane Irene, North Carolina's Outer Banks are preparing for a busy Labor Day travel weekend and fall season with the exception of Hatteras Island, where there are no golf courses.
Most of the region's golf courses are open for play, including all 18 holes at Kilmarlic Golf Club, The Currituck Club, The Pointe Golf Club, The Carolina Club and The Sound Golf Links.
Nags Head Golf Links, located adjacent to the Roanoke Sound and the area's southernmost course, is the lone exception and expected to reopen in a few weeks.
"The Outer Banks and its people are very resilient," said life-long resident Bryan Sullivan of Kilmarlic Golf Club and the Outer Banks Golf Association. "We are open for golf this weekend and this fall. The region experienced sound-side flooding, but the courses are now playable."
Best known as host site of the North Carolina Open in 2004 and '09, Kilmarlic is nestled among 605 acres of maritime forest and sprawling wetlands. Tom Steele's design creates stimulating challenges with its layout and conditioning, as it meanders through canopies of giant oak, pine and dogwood endemic of North Carolina's Outer Banks and a remarkable 15 acres of coastal ponds and lakes creating scenic natural hazards.
Designed by Rees Jones, The Currituck Club stretches across nearly 7,000 yards of diverse coastal terrain, including towering sand dunes, wetlands, maritime forests and sound-side shoreline. Golf Magazine awarded the course a spot on its list of "Top 10 You Can Play," and Golf Digest ranked Currituck Club as one of the top-25 courses in North Carolina.
The Pointe Golf Club is recognized as among the area's most player-friendly and best-conditioned golf courses. Home to the area's finest public practice facility, it features a full driving range and short-game area that includes a practice putting green, chipping greens and practice bunker.
The "locals' choice" for golf on the Outer Banks is The Carolina Club, which features bentgrass greens, a par-3 island green and strong ocean breezes. Five sets of tees provide a challenge for all skill levels.
The Sound Golf Links at nearby Albemarle Plantation in Hertford was designed by Dan Maples. The course meanders through Low Country marshland and forests of towering pines and moss-draped cypress. Its final three holes overlook Albemarle Sound.
Nags Head Golf Links, designed by Bob Moore, is a Scottish -style course nestled into the natural, windswept environment of the Outer Banks. Sand dunes, wild sea grasses and rugged coastline create holes that Golf Digest labeled as "among the most beautiful in the eastern United States." The ever-changing coastal winds provide a different challenge each round.
The latest visitor information and travel updates are available at www.OuterBanks.org and www.VisitCurrituck.com. Golf package information is available at www.PlayOBXGolf.com or by calling 800/916-6244.
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