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4.0
212 Reviews (212)
5 Stars
67
4 Stars
93
3 Stars
29
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.0
89.4%
Recommend this course
183 out of 212 reviews
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4.1
45 Reviews (45)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.6
91.1%
Recommend this course
41 out of 45 reviews
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4.2
76 Reviews (76)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
34
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.8%
Recommend this course
69 out of 76 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Semi-Private
Par 36
Length 3500 yards
Slope 140
Rating 37.2

Carolina National Golf Club boasts a 27-hole layout designed by Fred Couples. Situated along the banks of the Lockwood Folly River, the course encapsulated the beauty of the low country. The holes are divided into three nines that are named after the birds that can be seen throughout the course: Egret, Heron, and Ibis. Couples placed an emphasis on preserving the rich natural landscape and wildlife, earning the golf course designation as an Audubon Sanctuary. They each have unique designs but they all have challenging greens that are some of the best in the area. The Egret nine will reward long, strong drives. This and the Heron nine are home to the six holes that play along the river. These are some of the most visually stunning holes. Carolina National Golf Club's three nines provide three different 18-hole combinations.

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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Champion Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Fred Couples (1998) Gene Bates Kipp Schulties (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2019 #20)

Reviews

4.0
212 Reviews (212)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 7
Forced Carries 6
Water Hazards 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 7
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 6

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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Great Course

Played this morning 8/9/20. First time playing this course. We played the Herron to Egret. Ibis was closed due to hurricane damage. Overall I was very pleased. The area has received tons of rain in the past week from the hurricane and other thunderstorms so therefore the course hasn’t been mowed as it otherwise would have. The fairways were in good shape other than being a little long and shaggy. The rough was very thick. The greens were in great shape. I bet this course is amazing when it’s dry and the staff is able to properly maintain and mow it. Will definitely be back to play soon.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 08/11/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine thanks you!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice track

Nice course but due to storms it was cart path only and the cart paths need a lot of work as do the carts. I would definitely play the course again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/10/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us CAKilleen. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine thanks you!

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 07/31/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
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Commented on 07/24/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, u428910946! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine!

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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Excellent Layout and Beautiful, but...

All the layouts at Carolina National are compelling. We played Heron/Egret on this day - Egret and Ibis (have played that other times) are really beautiful and every hole unique. Egret not that far behind. Decent practice/warm-up area.

But... greens were in tough shape in places, and though the fairways were decent the bunkers were almost unplayable. We also had problems with the carts (missing windshield on one, almost out of power on the replacement), and the cart paths are chewed up - even dangerous in places.

Staff said the carts will be replaced soon. The fixing of the paths would be a big undertaking, and improving greens and bunkers likewise will require time and money.

Really, really like the course and the staff was generally helpful. If those improvement were made, would make it a point to play here far more often and would be willing to pay for it.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 07/24/2020

Hi, evanquinn. Let us first say that we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We work hard to create a seamless experience with so you can focus on enjoying yourself and let us do the rest. We also want to thank you for your honest and constructive criticism of the course. Your comments are presented in a way we can incorporate them into actual change. We are going to escalate your review to our team in charge and do everything we can to improve before your next round. Thank you for visiting and playing at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Lied to again

Vacation golf. Every year try to play the 27 Freddie special, called 6pm night before and was told all 3 nines were open, then when arrive. Heron was closed and this is not 1st time has happened.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Staff was very polite and courteous. Course was well maintained. A few greens had some bad spots. Nice layout of course. Will definitely play again. Price was around average for the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/22/2020

Hi u314160341838. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine!

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Not What It Once Was

I have been playing this course for quite a few summers, and it has steadily gone downhill. Greens look ill and have bumpy patches. Rough is so long I could hardly find my balls when they were no more than 5 yards off the fairway. Very disappointing.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/22/2020

Hi yeehawdale! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging but Fair

In the area for vacation jumped on as a single. The course layout makes you pick your shots. Can’t just pull driver and rip it on each hole. If you hit the faraway you will have a much easier day. Very picturesque and very fun and longer than shows on the card.

Approach shots into a complex green structure are standard. Once on the greens they is some undulation - more than you can read (at least more than I could read).

One negative - bunkers. Haven’t been taken care of since Covid. Almost like playing out of hard mud, off the cart path. Kicked it out a few times...

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Commented on 07/22/2020

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round, u314159734959! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 07/09/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Worthy of the drive

About a 45 min drive south of Wilmington is this 3, 9-hole layout of Carolina National. Efficient bag drop area where workers frequently greet regulars & members by name. Large driving range & putting green. Starter combs the area to professionally tell you when to head to the tee. On the course, greens had recently been top dressed with sand but were still rolling well. Some bunkers were wet packed sand due to some recent heavy rain (unsure why others had fresh sand). Holes wind through a housing complex & some have picturesque views of the marsh. Blue tees have lots of 300-350yd Par 4’s so you might consider playing a blended tee. Overall good conditioning and a reasonable price make CN worth the drive.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/09/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Treated Exceptional!!

I highly recommend this course! The staff was so friendly and they acted like they appreciated you being there. Course was very nice. Probably top 5 in the entire Myrtle Beach area. It is challenging but fair meaning you could get away with some off the mark shots without losing your ball. Beautiful scenery. Greens were nice. Playing here is a treat. And you will love the staff!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/09/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us u714012807. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine thanks you!

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Course. Staff could improve.

Nice course in good condition. Liked the layout. Staff wasn’t very friendly other than in the snack bar. Would play again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
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Commented on 07/09/2020

Thank you for your review, Jcp5882. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Has Potential but Needs Updates

The course has potential to be a nice course, but has been neglected. Bunkers were washed out and cart paths were very rough, which in turn led to carts needing maintenance.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
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Commented on 06/29/2020

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass along your feedback to the staff so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting us!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice layout

Overall, enjoyable round despite the average conditions of the turf on both greens and fairways. The course layout is challenging and very interesting with several signature holes. We played the blue tees which is about 6000 yards on the scorecard but like many courses in this area, it played longer, being at sea level with limited roll. By far the biggest draw is the course design.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/29/2020

Hello, thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back!

Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course was great fun!

Carolina National Egret Course was a good time... Happy Father’s Day!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/22/2020

Hi KACool1953. We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Pace of play

The course was in great shape, greens rolled true, everything about our experience playing at Carolina National was stellar with one small exception, pace of play. As I find in most of the Carolinas there is no concept of a ranger to keep groups on track, it’s too bad because what could have been a wonderful experience turns into a tedious hit and wait game.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
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Commented on 06/22/2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Carolina National-Good Track!

Carolina National is a very good Fred Couples course. Overall solid layout. Pace of play can be challenging. Nice and friendly staff.Great value for the money.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/10/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/10/2020

Thank you for visiting us at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/08/2020

We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine!

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