Lion's Paw at Ocean Ridge Plantation

3.3750000000 3.4 stars from 5 (8)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7003 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 74.0
  • Layout

  • 351 Ocean Ridge Pkwy, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina 28469, Brunswick County
  • (919) 287-1703, (800) 233-1801
  • (910) 287-1701
  • www.bigcatsgolf.com
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Year built: 1990
Architect(s): Willard Byrd
Type: Public
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 7003 yards 74.0 132
White 72 6457 yards 71.3 128
Gold 72 5872 yards 67.5 118
Gold (W) 72 5872 yards 71.0 126
Red (W) 72 5363 yards 69.0 121

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 8 Reviews
5 stars:
2
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

6 out of 8 reviews


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"Good time, great course, but rude staff"


Julius5930774's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

First of all, let me say that of all four of the Big Cat courses, my group and I enjoyed this one the most (there were 12 of us). Awesome time on the links. When I went inside to get a breakfast sandwich before the round, the old lady working the counter was very rude and actually complained that there were too many of us. Again, there were only 12 of us. I decided not to give her any of my money and went on out to the course. Loved the conditions, the layout, and the overall experience. There were some LONG par 3s that made for an interesting day.

If Leopard's Chase had the smooth rolling greens of Lion's Paw, it would have been the winner of the four cats, but the award goes to Lion's Paw!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Unsatisfied Experience due to condition of greens"


Brown5644's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Everyone has been to a golf course where maybe due to weather, or some other issues, the greens are not as good as they should be. And as a golfer, I can understand this happens. Well, on April 1 2016, I played Lions Paw with a group of others at 8:30 tee time. My biggest complaint is that the greens were in such poor shape that I thought they were unplayable (compared to other courses I have played in the area). Crows foot and poana made up the majority of the greens resulting in a very unsatisfying experience. The other issue was that we teed off at 8:30 am and the greens had been sprayed with fertilizer which included a "blue dye". This dye bled into towels, clothes and golf equipment.

Having said all of that, I did approach pro shop staff with my issue, and they were pleasant and understanding, but without a solution. I believe that when you plan a golf getaway (3 days) the courses should advise of temporary problems/issues or make efforts to compensate the golfers who chose this course not knowing of the conditions.

This particular place (Ocean Ridge Plantation) has four courses, and could have offered to switch our group of 14 players to another course out of courtesy, but did not, and did not mention how terrible the greens were.

Overall, Ocean Ridge Plantation is a beautiful residential area, and offers several courses to play but I would definitely recommend researching the course conditions prior to making a tee time.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Dont waste your valuable time or Money here"


Canives's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 9 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

With so many good options to play in Myrtle Beach don't waste your time here. The Pro shop was less than accommodating and doesn't understand that we all have many other good options for golf in Myrtle beach. The course is in poor condition and the cart paths are in disrepair. The greens have a poa invasion and are tough to putt. We walked off after 9 holes.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Lions Paw"


BubbaCut17's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2015
First time playing Used cart Good weather

Reviewed on

Played in the morning on a week day dew sweeper round. Great fun if you can keep your drive in the fairway, you will have descent looks at the green. Sets up good for drawer of the golf ball. First time on Mini Verde greens, different from what im used to but they were smooth and were in perfect condition. Greens firmed up throughout the day after being rolled. Some long(ish) par 3's , cool setups. Fairways were descent , some bald spots, overall fun course for descent price


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lions Paw, a bit tame"


pastyman's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This course is OK, but definitely the up market solute it is portrayed to be. Poor sand traps show under investment. It's not really that challenging. But the major issue was the handling of the check in for guests, it takes forever. It needed 2 people behind the counter, and the one guy on his own was terse and had very few customer service skills. The way in which your booking system works in really not my problem.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice Course - Rough Spring"


u480943448's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

The was the first of four courses I played in this family of courses. All in all, the course was in very good condition. However, the winter and spring weather created some serious issues for the greens. The staff were taking the necessary steps to recover them, but unfortunately, it was the week I scheduled to play. Nevertheless, the greens were still playable and the rest of the experience was very good. However, two of the staff were playing in a foursome in front of us and while we were a twosome, they never offered to let us play through. As a result, we had to wait on every shot for most of the round. In addition, the attitude of the staff at the Lions Paw/Panthers Run (both courses operate our of the same club house) was certainly less friendly and helpful than those at the other two courses.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pawed by the Lion, Again"


eddiehil's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

I first played Lion's Paw the fall of its opening year. This was my first return but will not be my last. This is a memory enhancing course; I could recall many of the holes and much to my surprise, there are a great many more homes than I remember.
The course is a fine layout which introduces more water features than homeowner boundaries. You have to go wildly sideways to set foot onto private property; no so with the water hazards and natural areas.
The fairways were over seeded with winter rye grass and by this time I am sure they have a green tint as opposed to the grayish brown of dormant Bermuda. The greens however are ' mini verde', smooth and fast. Bunkers strategically frame most of the greens and are well maintained.
The staff are exceptional at their duties and treat each guest as a member.

I like to say upon my last visit to the "Big Cats" of Ocean Ridge Plantation, the Tiger saw me coming, the Panther ran me down and the Lion pawed me to no end. Luckily I was not Chased by the Leopard nor did the Jaguar Leap upon me. However, I do intend to give those cats a try on my next visit to Ocean Isle, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice track"


mark5174291's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/17/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

Nice track. Great clubhouse. Fair course. Cart paths need redoing.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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