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4.0
73 Reviews (73)
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.5
88.4%
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68 out of 73 reviews
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4.3
41 Reviews (41)
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Conditions
4.2
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.7
97.6%
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40 out of 41 reviews
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4.3
51 Reviews (51)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.7
98.0%
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50 out of 51 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Style Links
Par 72
Length 6698 yards
Slope 130
Rating 71.3

Although it is tucked away just north of Hampstead, Castle Bay Country Club will make you feel as though you've been transported to the British Isles. The golf course offers an authentic Scottish-links design that incorporates the natural wetlands of its coastal Carolina location, giving it a truly unique character. The landscape of rolling dunes is covered with native grasses but completely devoid of trees. Tall sand bunkers are strategically placed throughout and there are also expansive waste areas, both characteristics that are true to its links nature. Water hazards come into play on several holes as well. Accurate shot placement is the key to doing well on this course and just like any seaside links layout, the coastal breezes play a prominent role. Much of the difficulty of the golf course comes from negotiating with the prevailing winds.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6698 yards 71.3 130
Blue 72 6328 yards 69.2 125
White 72 5793 yards 67.4 117
White (W) 72 5793 yards 72.6 131
Green 72 5466 yards 65.5 107
Green (W) 72 5466 yards 72.1 126
Red (W) 72 4717 yards 66.6 110
Scorecard for Castle Bay Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 71.3/130 356 353 166 589 174 347 432 566 356 3339 387 530 181 398 567 390 199 441 266 3359 6698
Blue M: 69.2/125 342 301 157 563 161 328 408 536 345 3141 361 508 157 375 555 377 179 418 257 3187 6328
White M: 67.4/117 W: 72.6/131 320 283 133 549 152 320 381 483 333 2954 342 467 139 351 437 339 168 370 226 2839 5793
Green M: 65.5/107 W: 72.1/126 310 270 128 509 141 308 315 462 323 2766 324 455 124 334 430 323 160 335 215 2700 5466
Red W: 66.6/110 258 253 108 391 126 219 287 406 241 2289 312 390 103 278 404 293 129 327 192 2428 4717
Handicap 17 7 11 1 9 15 3 5 13 18 14 4 10 8 6 12 2 16
Par 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 5 4 36 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 17 10 6 3 8 12 4 1 15 13 7 9 11 5 2 16 14 18

Course Details

Year Built 1999
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Dress code Proper attire is required.

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4.0
73 Reviews (73)
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4.0
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Previously Played

Good layout

Course was in great condition. The only thing is that just resurfaced the greens. So they were rough.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good value for the price. Greens were in pretty good shape. Landing areas in fairways were ample. Would play again when in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Time

Course is tight but fair, come here every year to
Play and this gem will be on schedule.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Most Bang For Your Buck In The Area

What a great place to play. Short drive from Topsail and worth the $50 to play. Fairways were in great shape & greens were rolling well. The practice greens rolled exactly like the course which. Only downside is the bent greens were taking a pounding in the summer & people were not fixing ball marks. If you are playing in hot summer months, the earlier you can get out the better.

The clubhouse is all your need to be successful. Do check out merchandise - may items were 15-20% below what an unbranded shirt or hat would be at retail such as golf galaxy.

Great place to play, look forward to coming back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Could not have played a nicer course. Absolutely wonderful.I can not say one bad thing about the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Enjoyable day

I played the blue tees which was around 6300 yards. It was a good test and required using most all the clubs. It was fair test of golf skill. My recommendation is to play the course if you are in the area !

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem but not any longer

I live in Durham (2.5 hours away.) I wanted to play golf and go to the beach, which would be a perfect day and it was. I booked a round on Tuesday at 12:25 at Castle Bay GC through GN. Never played at Castle Bay before. Teed off on time and even though it was hot, there was a gentle breeze that kept the round moving along. The fact that there were not any groups of 3s or 4s in front of me allowed me to play the course in about 3 hours and that was taking my time and enjoying the course. , I will be back.

What a hidden gem; what a great golf course, layout wise and condition wise. Hats off to the grounds crew and the staff at CBGC.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course, slow day

Went out as a threesome on Monday June 17. Course was in great shape, aside from some lazy people not repairing their ball marks on Green. On this particular day there was a best ball tournament that had play backed up. We waited for EVERY SINGLE shot and the round took around 5 1/2 hours. Also the grill is not open on Mondays so our lunch consisted of crackers, a Snickers and a honey bun. Aside from that we loved the course and would gladly return to play again

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

A Good Day on the Links

We enjoyed a nice day at Castle Bay.
The course was in good condition and pace of play was pretty good-we finished in four hours.
The pro shop, clubhouse and practice facilities are kept in good condition.
The course itself offers open tee shots but presents more challenges at you approach the greens...which were in excellent condition.

Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course for the money.

Course was well maintained and the holes were mostly forgiving. If you hit an average tee shot, you'll be fine. Some holes the penalty for mishits is greater than others, but overall it evens out. Would play again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Castle Bay

Course is in fairly good shape considering the long stretch of dry weather we have experienced. Greens are in great shape, putt true and hold shots. We started early and finished 18 in 3 hours ten mins.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice Links Course

It's that time of year again, as area courses are aerating the greens. The course was in good condition, and the greens still putted well, so I would not let the aeration stop you from playing. Some of the tee boxes were a little bare, and dry. Hopefully we'll get some rain soon and they can grow in a little more.

It was not as windy today, but there is always wind at Castle Bay and usually more than 1 club.
I just wish they had a ranger as there were two foursomes in front of us and they drove carts everywhere including close to the greens on the # 7 and # 14 and even the par 3 16th.
Actually shouldn't need a ranger, just a little more respect from the golfers!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Castle Bay - Great Day!

Beautiful course, nice consistent greens, a gentle breeze, perfect day.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good Day

I am a Otta towner had a great round of golf, good condition course friendly staff. Course was in great condition which made it a good day! Most Definite will play again!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Monday golf, but behind a tournement

Had a good time and round today, but a little slow due to a tournament. the course staff was great as there were sponsors around.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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