Carolina National Golf Club - Heron Nine: #5
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4.0
198 Reviews (198)
5 Stars
63
4 Stars
85
3 Stars
27
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.0
88.0%
Recommend this course
170 out of 198 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.1
36 Reviews (36)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.9%
Recommend this course
32 out of 36 reviews
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4.2
66 Reviews (66)
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
29
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.6
90.9%
Recommend this course
60 out of 66 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Par 36
Length 3517 yards
Slope 139
Rating 37.0

Situated along the banks of the Lockwood Folly River, Carolina National Golf Club takes advantage of the scenic low country landscape. The 27-hole course was designed by Fred Couples, whose preservation of the terrain earned the course the certification as an Audubon Sanctuary. The golf course is divided into three nines that are played in 18-hole combinations. The Heron, Egret, and Ibis are named after the birds that call the course home. Each nine offers a different set of challenges. The Heron is both the most scenic and the longest nine. The three par 4s all measure over 400 yards and the final hole is a par 5 that is 587 yards long. The layout has a few holes that play along the river, including the par-3 fifth, which has a green that is almost entirely surrounded by water. This nine will reward strong mid-to-long iron play.

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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
GPS No

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
198 Reviews (198)

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 1
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
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
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 1
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!

Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Nice walkable course

Egret/Ibis was in excellent shape today. The greens and fairways are in excellent form, but the bunkers are short of sand and in bad shape. This is a walkable course if you don't mind some rather long walks between holes.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/08/2020

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 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Overall Amazing Experience

I play Carolina National often, and am always amazed with their superior customer service. The bag drop crew always are so welcoming , friendly and professional, and the pro shop is efficient and makes you feel like you are valued to be there.

The course itself is fantastic. Amazing views, a good mix of challenging hole and birdie opportunities. The greens have been worked on recently and I was impressed with how quickly they have returned to great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 06/05/2020

Thank you for your review, u922760562. 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 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Excellent Condition

Played early, greens were moderate while the dew was fresh but rolled nicely when they started to dry out. Course was in great shape!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/05/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us MichaelC12. 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 51
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Great Course

I enjoy playing this course, not only for the scenery but because it is a formidable opponent. I don't think anyone can go wrong playing this course and seeing the scenery.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 05/20/2020

Hi, Bernie2048. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We look forward to seeing you at the course soon for another 5-star experience!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Course

Wonderful conditions, challenging. Great pace of play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 05/20/2020

Hello, thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine.

Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Good walking course

It's nice to find a course in this area that permits walking these days. I thoroughly enjoyed walking Ibis/Heron. The course is in good shape and is well suited for a mid-handicap golfer.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 05/20/2020

Your feedback is important to us, Valued Customer. Thank you for sharing your 5-star experience. We look forward to seeing you again at the course soon! Thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Bill's review

Everything was good to excellent except for the cart path, which was a disaster. Badly needs repair.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 05/04/2020

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 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Good and the Bad

Good: Fantastic layout with a number of beautiful holes. The Staff is very friendly with great service.

Bad. Like a number of reviews. The course conditions are terrible right now. Most greens tees and fairways are very bad. The cart paths are pathetic. Thankfully Club car makes a great cart that can take the abuse. So I would skip Freddies until the fall. Maybe then the condition will improve.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 04/28/2020

Hi, tdougrowland. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

The course needs to be in better shape at this time of year

The course needs to be in better shape at this time of year. We really enjoy the three nines and Carolina National but for some reason the fairways are thin and the greens are not rolling smoothly and have some weeds on many of the greens. Other area courses are in better shape at this time.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 04/22/2020

Hello, Dgoff55. 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 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Should be in better shape

Carolina National is one of our favorite spots to play golf in Brunswick County. We played Aaron Charlie Burris because he grew it was closed to have the green sprayed for weeds. The fairways were thin and the greens at least half of them were bumpy and needed weed control.
We enjoyed or around but Carolina National can be in much better shape than it is right now.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 04/28/2020

Hello, Dgoff55. 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 68
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
North Carolina Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun Layout with Great Par Threes

The National is a really fun layout and was in great shape on this day. The greens staff has done a great job getting the course in great shape with quick (but slightly bumpy) greens. The course is a fun layout winding through the neighborhoods and has some of the best par threes on the Grand Strand.

The Ibis nine is a little quirky with some double-fairway holes and if you're playing for the first time it makes sense to be conservative off the tee just to keep the ball in play. The Egret nine is a bit more open where you can fire away off the tee. Heron is a good mix of tricky holes and longer, "bombs-away" holes.

The staff is always very friendly and the practice facilities, clubhouse, grill, and snack bar are all great as well. Definitely recommend a trip here.

OVERALL 8.2/10

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 04/07/2020

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.

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