Once again Golfweek has named three Brunswick Islands golf courses as being among the best public courses you can play in North Carolina. Each of the three courses were designed or renovated by locally based golf course designer Tim Cate: Bald Head Island Club, Tiger's Eye and Leopard's Chase.1

Bald Head Island Club

Golf course at the Bald Head Island Club in North Carolina.

The classic George Cobb design was completely overhauled by Cate in 2012, and for all intents and purposes, is a new golf course. Cate worked off Cobb’s original drawings, but added his own touches to the Bald Head Island Club course, including multi-tiered tees, expanded and raised green complexes, and landscaped dunes. The par-3 16th showcases Cate’s full range with new tees, green location, and a coastal dune and bridge over an enlarged three-acre lagoon.2

Tiger’s Eye

Tiger's Eye Golf

Tiger’s Eye along with Leopard’s Chase is part of the Big Cats courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach. Tiger’s Eye is distinguished by dramatic elevation changes and a stunning combination of natural waste areas, native grasses, wildflowers, pine and oak trees and water, including Carolina bays, two waterfalls and marshland typical of a coastal environment. Golfer's tend to remember par 3s, and Tiger's Eye's collection of one-shot holes rivals any course in the region if not the state.2

Leopard’s Chase

Leopard's Chase Golf Course

Leopard’s Chase opened in 2007 to critical acclaim and is the newest of the Big Cats courses. This Cate design is characterized by dense, L-93 bentgrass greens, man-made lakes, native areas and grasses all bound together by a network of winding, wooden bridges. It’s par-4 18th hole is one of Brunswick County’s best finishers with an elevated green guarded by a waterfall cascading down a wall of coquina boulders.2

Another Tim Cate design – Cape Fear National in Leland -  made Golfweek’s list of best private courses in North Carolina. While on the list of private courses, limited public play is allowed and the course is well worth adding to the itinerary of any golf trip to the Brunswick Islands. Can't get enough of Tim Cate designed courses?  Be sure to check out Thistle Golf Club in Sunset Beach and Panther's Run another of the Big Cats courses in Ocean Isle Beach.

With over 30 memorable golf courses, 45 miles of beach and 5 islands, the Brunswick Islands offer an exceptional golfing experience. With so much great golf, it’s no wonder NC’s Brunswick Islands is also known as NC’s Golf Coast. Learn more about the area’s golf courses, beaches, and accommodations at www.ncbrunswick.com.

1 See also Golfweek Names Three Brunswick Islands Courses as Best of the Best by Lisa Allen.  2 See also Brunswick Islands' Variety of Courses Offer Pure Golf Experiences by Shane Sharp.  You may also enjoy Tim Cate: The FORE Father of Golfing the North Carolina Coast.