Nags Head Provides Invigorating Experience on North Carolina's Outer Banks

As one of the forefathers of golf in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Nags Head Golf Links provides a different playing experience on a daily basis. Situated next to Roanoke Sound, with its ninth and 18th holes finishing hard alongside the water, Nags Head is shaped by constant coastal winds.

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Most days even the heartiest competitor will be challenged. Bob Moore designed the seaside layout in 1988 and Golf Digest almost immediately dubbed it "the longest 6,126 yards you'll ever play."

Nags Head director of golf Ben Bridgers contends that he can stand at the 150-yard pole on any given hole and hit a wedge, and on other days he can hit 3-iron and come up short. Indeed, with its coastal winds, rugged shoreline, island holes, seaside vistas, and tees and greens separated by rolling dunes and wild sea grass, Nags Head bears far more than a passing resemblance to a Scottish links.

Moore is an architect with a reputation for not moving much dirt during construction and at Nags Head he took full advantage of the natural setting. The proximity to the water's edge and miles of open water northwest of the property provide golfers some of the best sunsets on the Outer Banks.

The 18th Hole at Nags Head

Moore clearly felt the wind during the construction process, which is why many of the tee shots play into slightly elevated greens. Yet, despite Nags Head's relative brevity, the wind makes all the difference and helps make the par-5 18th among the most difficult finishing holes in the Tar Heel State.

Nags Head is the centerpiece of the Village of Nags Head and Village Beach Club, a nearly 30-year-old development that has sustained itself as well as any. There are 650 homes inside the village on the ocean and sound sides, and another 250 homes along the golf course. Nags Head offers a more reasonable cost of living than some other parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks, and its strict architectural covenants maintain the area's historical and help make the homes look appropriately rustic.

"The golfing experience at Nags Head Golf Links is centered around family and friends reuniting on the golf course and creating new memories and reliving vacation memories from golf rounds past," says Patrick Kelly, the head pro at Nags Head.

"Nags Head Golf Links' role in the golf experience is providing consistent service and course conditions year after year. The clubhouse provides a large sound-side deck, perfect for a post-round drink and snack watching a glorious Outer Banks sunset."

Nags Head and its sister course, the Rees Jones-designed Currituck Golf Club in Corolla on the northernmost reaches of the Outer Banks, are two of the most unique in the portfolio of ClubCorp, the largest private club management company in the country.

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