Championship Golf

If your passion is golf or you are an occasional enthusiast, Sunset Beach offers residents and guests 180 holes of championship golf courses by the nation’s top golf course designers. With the 7 distinct golf courses, Sunset Beach offers some of the most challenging and diverse golf experiences in the southeastern North Carolina.

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Dan Maples Golf Course

The Maples Course is a traditional southern course Sea-Trail-Plantationframed by twisted ancient oaks and tall Carolina pines. The medium-length, accuracy-demanding course features five holes that wind along the scenic Calabash Creek, with elaborate landscaping, undulating greens and refurbished bunkers. Still regarded as one of Maples’ finest, this is a beautiful par 72 course, with A1/A4 blended Bent Grass greens. The course is also peppered with numerous waste bunkers, one of which extends the full length of a fairway.

Additional Details:

  • Year Opened: 1986
  • Holes: 18 Par: 72
  • Walking Allowed: No
  • Spikes: Soft
  • Greens: A1/A4 blended Bent grass

Rees Jones Golf Course

The Jones Course is a straightforward layout featuring generous mounded fairways bordered by scenic lakes and towering trees. A perennial favorite among residents and guests, this course is an extraordinary golf experience for players of all skill levels. Wide fairways and large mounds are surrounded by water, with water coming into play on 11 holes of the Par 72 championship course. In addition to water hazards, the many pot and large expanse bunkers make for a delightfully challenging game of golf. This spectacular course measures 6,761 yards from the blue tees; 6,334 yards from the white tees; 5,716 from the gold tees; and 4,912 yards from the red tees.

Additional Details:

  • Year Opened: 1990
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Walking Allowed: No
  • Spikes: Soft
  • Greens: Bent Grass

Willard Bird Golf Course

The Willard Byrd Course requires a distinctively different approach thanks to a constricting tree line, challenging greenside bunkering system, and lakes ranging from 14-20 acres. Strategically placed tee shots are essential for successful play on Byrd’s newly renovated undulating greens of Champions Bermuda. A picturesque and scenic 18th hole between two beautiful ponds finishes the course at the Jones-Byrd Clubhouse. The course measures 6750 yards from the blue tees; 6,251 yards from the white tees; 5,561 yards from the gold tees; and 4,697 yards from the red tees.

Additional Details:

  • Year Opened: 1990
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Walking Allowed: No
  • Spikes: Soft
  • Greens: Champions Bermuda

Sandpiper Bay

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Sandpiper Bay features 27 holes set in the beautiful coastal landscape of North Carolina on the famed Myrtle Beach Grand Strand. Built to be highly playable, the courses are carved out of a natural pine tree forest. The courses feature gentle doglegs with elevated tees and greens. While the regular tees are located to afford the average player an enjoyable round of golf with scoring opportunities, the championship tees can challenge even the best of the low handicappers. All three Sandpiper Bay courses have their own unique character and include four sets of tees and yardages to challenge players of all abilities.

The Sand Course

The Sand Course is one of Sandpiper Bay’s two original nines and features gentle dog legs, elevated tees and greens, and is cut through a natural pine forest. Featuring an unusual combination of three par 3 holes and two par 5 holes, the Sand Course offers a unique opportunity for a good iron player to go low! MiniVerde greens make for great putting.

Additional Details:

  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 35
  • Walking Allowed: No
  • Spikes: Soft

Bay Course

The newest of Sandpiper Bay’s three nines, the Bay Course has more water features than the Sand or Piper courses. The ponds are strategically placed to make you think, and perhaps take a chance, while creating just three forced carries. This scenic gem will test your skills — of shot selection and execution. Great MiniVerde greens can yield birdies to well-played approach shots.

Additional Details:

  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Walking Allowed: No
  • Spikes: Soft

Piper Course

The second of Sandpiper Bay’s original two nines, the Piper Course also features gentle dog legs and elevated tees and greens. The combination of three par 3 holes and three par 5 holes offers players several options on the risk/reward par fives, and chances to shoot for the pins on the par threes. Look for many great birdie chances when putting on the MiniVerde greens.

Additional Details:

  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Walking Allowed: No
  • Spikes: Soft

Oyster Bay Golf Course

Voted the 1983 Golf Digest “Resort Course of the Year,” and ranked by the same publication among the top 50 public courses in the country in 1990, Oyster Bay Golf Links is a rare, harmonious blend of the penal, heroic and strategic philosophies of golf course architecture. Architect Dan Maples and developer Larry Young created a course where variety and innovation are the name of the game. Consider severe marsh-oriented holes, two island green par threes, strategic (and stunningly beautiful) fresh water lakes, long holes, short holes…the consummate combination of shot making requirements. The par-70 course plays to just under 6,700 yards, but cavernous bunkers, wickedly undulating greens and lengthy par 4’s make Oyster Bay a test of one’s mettle.

Additional Details:

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Walking Allowed: No
  • Spikes: Soft

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