Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine

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3.5
91
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
39
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
10
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.7
79.3%
Recommend this course
74 out of 91 reviews
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Average Rating
3.4
22
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.5
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
3.9
81.8%
Recommend this course
18 out of 22 reviews
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Average Rating
3.1
38
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
15
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
8
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.4
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.1
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.1
71.1%
Recommend this course
27 out of 38 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Par 36
Length 3444
Slope 140
Rating 36.7
Type Public
The three different nines at Carolina National Golf Club are named after the birds that inhabit the acres of beautiful low country that the course sits on. Fred Coupes designed the 27-hole layout, taking care to preserve the beautiful natural landscape and wildlife provided by its location on the shores of the Lockwood Folly River. His work earned the golf course designation as an Audubon Sanctuary. The nines: Ibis, Egret, and Heron; all have different challenges. However, they all have challenging greens that boast some of the best conditions in the area. The Ibis is the most player-friendly of the nines. Carolina National Golf Club's 27-hole layout is played as three different 18-hole combinations. The Ibis offers some opportunities to recover your score since it is not quite as long as either the Egret or Heron.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 36 3444 yards 36.7 140
Gold 36 3188 yards 35.2 136
Blue 36 2955 yards 34.6 118
Blue (W) 36 2955 yards 37.0 139
Teal 36 2660 yards 33.2 108
Teal (W) 36 2660 yards 35.4 125
White (W) 36 2328 yards 33.2 114
Scorecard for Ibis/Egret
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out Total
Black M: 73.9/140 552 339 420 417 167 431 530 194 394 3444 6944
Gold M: 71.2/136 522 334 389 371 160 351 514 175 372 3188 6459
Blue M: 69.3/122 W: 74.6/137 472 325 345 334 138 335 488 166 352 2955 5939
Teal M: 66.6/115 W: 71.5/127 442 259 330 287 125 310 423 155 329 2660 5381
White W: 67.4/120 328 250 314 201 106 283 356 124 329 2291 4691
Handicap 5 11 1 9 15 7 13 17 3
Par 5 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 7 15 1 17 13 5 11 9 3

Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro 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.

Reviews

3.5
91

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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5.0
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Previously Played

Great layout

Aside from the sand traps, course is in nice shape. Layout is amazing. Holes are interesting and diverse.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

nice comeback

after hurricane damage that was extensive in the area - nice to see a course rebound...greens were excellent, fairways very nice - understandable that the bunkers were all still washed out and GUR, but didn't effect the play ability or difficulty for most.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

layout and green were good, pace of play slow due to golf school training day before tournament but we have been advise by the starter that the course was full. When your ball is in a banker they said in the pro-shop it's better to dropout your ball beacause no work was done since Florence

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Top 500 Contributor
Perfect weather
Used cart

Cart problems

Teed off early as a twosome on Egret and Heron, Ibis was still closed. Lots of fallen trees, but course was in good shape and very playable.

Traps were awful, but the greens and fairways were in great shape despite the recent hurricane. Hopefully, these were be cleared soon.

Two carts broke down during round which should not have happened.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Not bad at all

They had a rough winter and you can tell on a few greens but overall it was a good experience

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

Hidden gem

Greens are getting there due to harsh winter.... shotmakers course I hit iron off tee more than driver. Course is Not very long at all. Some really pretty holes on the hering 9.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times 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
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Course is Recovering Nicely

I heard that Carolina National struggled in the spring because of the long winter, but the course was in pretty good shape today. Greens had the occasional rough patch but rolled pretty well. Fairways were aerated but still in decent shape. It’s always a fun and challenging layout, especially from the longer tees, with some of the most scenic par 3’s in the region. Nice staff, practice facilities, and clubhouse. Feels like a private club, and it’s worth a try if you’ve never played here before.

OVERALL: 7.3/10, potential to be 8.5/10 when the fairways grow in.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course switched tee time

We arrived early for our confirmed 10:20 tee time for 2 made 6 days before. Checked in and went to first tee before starter told us to return to putting area as they were a "little" delayed. Advised that our time was now 10.36. When questioned, pro shop told that maybe a computer mishap, but a member foursome was playing at 10:20. We joined a 2-some at their 10:36 time. Teed off at 11:00 and played in 5+ hours of very slow play. If they had sent an email to advise of the change, it would have been OK. And the next day I got an ad/offer from the course for another round. No apology.for the 90 minute delay.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

3 hour front nine

Didn’t have 6+ hours so left after a 3 hour front nine. I don’t think I have ever played anywhere when it was so slow.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Previously Played

Great layout/pace of play terrible

This course offers 27 holes that will challenge your play, an incredible layout that will require different types of shots, but be prepared to wait up to 20 MINUTES per shot. This is the third time I’ve played this course and never have I played a course that has 27 holes and puts groups off every 8 minutes all on the same 9. A perfect recipe to have you waiting on every tee and between shots. Why they don’t send groups off different 9’s is beyond me. It seems as though they don’t care about the quality of play and would rather just make the most profit off sending a bunch of people out at once. I don’t know about you, But I expect a course to be faster than 3hr front nine while riding. If there are a lot of open tee times definitely play this course, otherwise STAY CLEAR.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course - but...

The staff was friendly and welcoming. Nice Pro Shop. We didn’t eat here, so can’t speak to that. Beautiful layout of the course, but cart paths were in rough shape in a lot of places - you could get jolted out of the cart if you weren’t watching carefully as there were big chunks missing or broken. The greens were not good... most were sand in large part, so balls did not roll true. All that said, it was a fun course to play. We played Egret and Heron. Egret was not as challenging as Heron (or maybe the heat was impacting us more on the 2nd nine - entirely possible!). Pace of play was very good... we didn’t have to wait and didn’t feel “pushed”. Played 18 in 4 hrs total. With a little work on the greens and cart paths, this would be a really enjoyable course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Sandy Greens

The greens were pitiful. Full of sand. They failed to mention this while we were checking in. Made for a bad experience on what could be a good course.

Conditions Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Need a starter with a watch that works and ranger

Pace of play terrible. Good ranger would make golfers who cannot play pick up and would not let them go for two on the par 5s when they end up in woods anyway.

GREENS ARE HORRIBLE. not fair to blame the winter. Tarp the greens when it is freezing. Should have left the greens bent grass since you don't know how to take care of bermuda.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Terrible Course Management

Ineffective starter and no ranger. Nearly five hours on an uncrowded course. The course is attractive and a nice level of difficulty for average players. And it was in reasonable condition considering the winter damage in the area. There were no cart path restrictions, which was a good thing because all the buckling cart paths made for a rough ride. Not a good experience!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Need to fix cart paths

This Fred Couples design composed of three nine hole layouts. All of the courses in this area lost greens due to the hard winter. One of the 9's is still closed.

The fairways were in great shape for the most part. We played early the morning after a very hard and long series of thunderstorms. Other than having to play the 90 degree cart path rule, you would not have know that it had rained at all. The only complaint that my son and I had was that the cart paths need to be redone. It seemed that almost every hole had concrete uplifted . We will play it again next trip down.

Conditions Average
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

A pleasurable day of golf

A very well layed out course very challenging and exciting with wild life about I would recommend this course to friends and family thank you.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens pretty much recovered sand traps need alot of work .Course is not in as good of shape as it was a year ago but worth the 35 GN rate for sure

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