Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine

4.0294000000 4.0 stars from 5 (34)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 36
  • Length: 3444 yards
  • Layout

  • 1643 Goley Hewett Rd SE, Bolivia, North Carolina 28422, Brunswick County
  • 1 (888) 200-6455, (910) 755-5200
  • (910) 755-5203
  • www.carolinanationalgolf.com
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Year built: 2000
Architect(s): Fred Couples, Gene Bates
Type: Public
Greens: Bent
Fairways: Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Cheryl Brankel Golf Academy.

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 36 3444 yards 0.0 0
Gold 36 3188 yards 0.0 0
Blue 36 2955 yards 0.0 0
Teal (W) 36 2716 yards 0.0 0
White (W) 36 2210 yards 0.0 0

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 34 Reviews
5 stars:
11
4 stars:
17
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

30 out of 34 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for locals   Challenges include bunkers forced carries water hazards  

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"Would like to play again."


Don2582725's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course was still brown and thin in places so chipping a challenge. Fairways very hard and could not find a couple of balls hit in the fairways. Greens were quite fast and hard. Some blind shots that we did not anticipate from tee.

All in all an enjoyable day and would play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very interesting layout"


brentwhitney's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Freddie Couples design is interesting & unique. Fun, challenging layout. I'll play it often!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Consistently good!"


u000006471459's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As a local, I play CN often. If I can take advantage of the GN specials, I do! The club is generally in good shape and pace of play is only slow when they get really crowded (weekends especially). CN is always a very fun course to play and generally a good bargain for locals.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



pablo8814448's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Heron OK, Ibis way to wet."


shadrap's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/14/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Cart path only. Should have been allowed cart on Heron. Ibis obviously wet. Cart path only a real work out, particularly with distances involved in getting to the greens. Greens putted well and fairways were OK but was somewhat disappointed in dormant Bermuda glass. Frankly thought course a little over rated and would prefer Rivers Edge over this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


hpeterson's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/17/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Always a pace of play issue. Staff don't go out if their way. Greens improved, fairways thin right now. Nice variety of holes


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Diversity of layout"


fly000's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played this course with some friends of average golfing ability. We really enjoyed how each hole is different from the rest. It required you to make many different shots. You can change the difficulty of the course based on which teebox you play. You had to hit over waste areas on many of the holes. There were a couple of holes on the marsh with very scenic views. Everyone in the group definitely enjoyed it


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hard course"


renemarineau's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good layout. very hard for regular player. Green in great shape


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"It was a 2 sleeve day for me!"


uYQCH9371YQ's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

We played the Heron & Ibis 9 hole courses. The courses were in great shape considering that Hurricane Matthew came rolling through 3 weeks ago. The service was great from the bag drop attendants to check-in, starter, cart girl and bartenders. Both courses have water, bunkers and nasty Bermuda rough to contend with. Oh, did I mention the large undulating greens? We had our hands full for the 4 1/2 loop. I highly recommend to make the trip to this property!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A very nice course but I expected more"


neverNeagle's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing Carolina National and my expectations were high. While it is very nice course especially for the great price I got on GolfNow I expected more. The course was in good shape. The greens were in great condition, fast but consistent. The fairways were also in good condition. The bunkers were the nicest I have seen with soft manicured sand. There are several interesting holes which required thought and more than just hitting long off the tee. The practice green was nice and seemed to be consistent with the greens on the course. The under stocked pro shop was a disappointment especially being out of logo balls. I was put in with a group down from Canada which made my day very enjoyable. I had a lot of fun to playing with them. Sometimes you just get lucky. Overall I had a good experience and would repeat but with expectations not so high.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good Course, Great Value"


DeanV's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very enjoyable day! Little worried going in because of past reviews but conditions were very good all around. Course layout was solid, especially par 3's. Not overly difficult, generous landing areas and fairly short but has enough teeth to keep you engaged. Highly recommend for the $36 rate I paid.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice to play it again...."


stevebarone's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play EXTREMELY SLOW, OVER FIVE HOUR ROUND, and not due to us. (I shot 78)

And the starter screwed up our tee time, which was delayed by morning fog anyways, even though we were on the tee box at Ibis. They should have been

able to get back on time and keep play moving by mid afternoon when we started. No cart girl either!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course in perfect shape"


u000007953924's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff extremely friendly, course in great shape after hurricane Matthew. Nice layout.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Bad Customer Service"


Jim2639201's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course itself was good. The woman in the pro shop was absolutely the rudest person I've ever met. She is known as "direct" by the club staff. To make matters worse, on the 9th tee we were rudely told to speed up play by one of the assistant pros. We had seen no one behind us since #2. We called and left a voice mail with the head professional, who never got back to us.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course!"


bgdaniel1947's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was hard but fun with beautiful seniry. Each hole was unique. Rolling hills which you don't expect at beach. Staff was great. Reminded everyone to check cart for anything that might have been left. Carts had coolers with ice. Definitely will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good shape considering"


Holesome1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played this course after a tropical storm moved through the area dumping 4-6 inches of rain in the area. Course drained very well, greens were excellent. It was cart path only but could have been 90 degrees. Only bad thing to report is that the sand traps were terrible. Staff had not done anything to the traps and there were trenches from the rain.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Played all 3 9s"


rkimbrell's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

We actually played all 3 of the 9s at Carolina National so my review is of all 3. I will say that the Ibis 9 looks quite different than the other 2 9s but all were enjoyable. We had a group of 7 and got an excellent deal to play all 27 holes and lunch which was anything on the menu. Super price since we are not locals and cannot get local rate.

The course was in excellent condition. No complaints. Tee boxes, greens, bunkers, fairways...all well manicured. Staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. Had one of the best burgers I have had at any restaurant here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great experience"


u000006485634's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

People were extremely nice giving a great course layout and recommendations on how to play the course. Had a great time!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"This course is fair but challenging as well."


Ron2879070's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always enjoy playing this course. The champion Bermuda greens are nice! Took a few holes. To get used to both the pace and how to play for breaks, due to being used to bent grass greens. I played on a Sunday afternoon and couldn't believe the course was wide open. Played in well under four hours. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course and friendly staff!"


u000002777806's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Went with 4, course conditions are great. Greens are fabulous and has tee boxes for all types of handicaps. Will be back next year while on vacation in Holden Beach. Only draw back was rental clubs were lacking and at $30.00 a round to rent this value and price weren't good. Bring your own clubs and enjoy a great round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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