Posted on 04/16/2013
I’ve been spending a lot of time on the area golf courses in preparation of the upcoming Southport-Oak Island Area Golf Classic taking place early next month. It’s being held at the Oak Island Golf Club at Caswell Beach on May 4 and I’m planning on entering this year. This will be a new experience for me because I generally just play golf with friends and family on all the courses in our area and haven’t entered any tournaments.
There are more than 30 golf courses in Brunswick County available for me to practice on and the truth is, I’ve gotten pretty good. I feel rather confident going into my first golf classic, but I can’t let it get to my head. I’ve heard it said that the toughest part of playing golf is right between your ears. Based on my own experience, I’ve found that to be true.
With all of these courses to play you’d think I would wait for a tournament closer to home. The Southport-Oak Island area actually has seven of the best courses in Brunswick County. Some of my favorites are the two George Cobb traditional courses at Bald Head Island Golf Club and Oak Island Golf Club. I found them both to be challenging enough as to improve my game overall.
Some of the other courses I’ve played in that area and thoroughly enjoyed are The Lakes Country Club in Boiling Spring Lakes and the three courses in St. James Plantation — The Founders, The Players, and The Members. If you ever get the chance to play the Fred Couples designed Carolina National in Winding River Plantation near Sunset Harbor don’t pass it up! It’s a winning course with challenges that will make you a better player, just like it did me!
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