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3.8
147 Reviews (147)
5 Stars
42
4 Stars
66
3 Stars
18
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.8
85.1%
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125 out of 147 reviews
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4.0
35 Reviews (35)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
20
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
97.1%
Recommend this course
34 out of 35 reviews
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4.0
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
27
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.2
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
91.2%
Recommend this course
52 out of 57 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
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
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.

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3.8
147 Reviews (147)

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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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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Always a great course and layout

I have played here every year for the past 7 years when coming to the beach. The layout's of all 3 9's are great. In spite of 2 inches of rain the night before the course was playable although muddy in spots. The grounds crew had there hands full however the greens were excellent as always. The layout is challenging but you can still score. The views and shot values along the inter coastal is what makes this course one of my favorites. Look forward to coming back every year.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Challenging layout -Fast greens

Carolina National is a course you can play every day and always feel challenged. The course was in great shape, very fast but true greens and a tough rough if you wander. I played the Ibis and Egret nines on Saturday and finished in 4 hours which was good for a weekend round. Two areas that needed attention were the cart paths and the bunkers. In all fairness it had rained more than 2 inches over night and bunkers showed it.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/22/2019

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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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/15/2019

Hi Mistyfraam. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had a 5 star experience, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine.

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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Carolina National

very friendly staff golf courses in great shape the play was on time and not pushed and appreciate the great service

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 10/14/2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us Rickroseca1. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine thanks you!

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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Well Done

A gorgeous track. Well maintained. Hazards identified.
Greens in excellent condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/18/2019

Hi, thanks for leaving us a review! We're glad you enjoyed your time at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine and hope you'll come see us again soon.

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Pace of place and pairing needs attention

Course was great unfortunately pace of play was slow paid for a buddy and myself and got paired with 2 guys that played way slower than us other than that course was excellent

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/01/2019

Hello, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate the feedback about your round and are sorry to hear the pace of play wasn't up to par. We're happy to hear you enjoyed the conditions of the course and hope to see you again for another round soon. Thanks for playing Carolina National!

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course has three nines

Layout of holes was great-bunkering was well positioned to reward accurate shots. A lot of bare spots entering and exiting fairways..Fairways were in great shape but the rough was a little too long-couldn't find balls.Greens were very fast and were just sanded so in two weeks greens will be great

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/30/2019

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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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Bad timing

Today's round got off to a bad start before i even made it to the course. Playing partner called and tee time had been pushed back a half hour. Probably not a big deal to most but we work 2nd shift so it made all but impossible to play 18 and make it to work on time. The pace of play didn't help that at all. 9 of the 27 holes were closed for top dressing greens and a second 9 were already done. None of that was disclosed but the staff was nice enough to allow a rain check for our second 9. The 9 we did play was in excellent shape though. I've played here many times and will continue to it just wasn't meant to be today though.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
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Commented on 09/18/2019

Hi mgedwards84, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We're sorry to hear that your round with us this time wasn't completely up to expectations. We appreciate your patience and understanding for the changes we had to make to your tee time while we were top dressing the greens. We hope this doesn't deter you from returning for another round soon. Thanks for playing Carolina National.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Friendliness Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/12/2019

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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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Slow going

Shouldn’T take 5 hours to play this course. Need Marshall’s out there.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/28/2019

Hello, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We're sorry to hear the pace of play wasn't completely up to par during your round. We have passed your feedback along to our staff to discuss improvements moving forward. Thanks for playing Carolina National and we hope you consider giving us another shot in the future.

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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A nice facility

Carolina National is a very nice place to play golf.
The pro shop, bar, restaurant, practice areas, and fairways were terrific.
Usually the greens are also in great shape, but they were not fully recovered and were not up to par.
We somehow dodged the Thursday downpours, so we were very pleased overall!
One of the nicest courses in Brunswick County.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/20/2019

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

sanded greens were hugely inconsistent

love this venue, great layout - but Heron greens today were rather disappointing...I fully understand sanding after aeration, but expect some brushing, & consistency. Too many greens were oversanded and rather silly to putt on,

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/02/2019

Thank you for visiting us at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We're sorry to hear the conditions of the greens weren't fully up to expectations. We hope this doesn't deter you from returning for another round soon. Thanks for playing Carolina National!

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I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing

Cart paths in bad shape. Greens and fairways good. Tees need work.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/31/2019

Hello, Andrew1573287. 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.

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Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Could have gotten all fives

Ibis greens recently sanded made for a long day of really slow putting. Should have brought my Rosa for front nine and soft face for back nine. Greens in Heron were in better shape.
Course in great shape considering all the afternoon rain for past two weeks.
Will try to play again from the gold or tips as some holes are totally different experiences.
This is a target corse in my opinion. Only launched the driver a handful of times.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Over priced for under-irrigated course conditions.....

Would have given it 5 stars, but the price was too expensive for the poor course conditions, at $35 per player & that was with a 1:00pm tee-time. Looked like the irrigation system was insufficient or under-uses. The grass was starved for water, and mostly burnt up. But overall its a great layout, and their signature hole is one of my favorites. This course plays really long at 7,000+ yards from the tips, but the difficultly lies in those rolling hills and super fast greens that force you to factor the grain into your short game.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 07/09/2019

Hello, NatRice6223. 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.

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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

The staff does a great job taking care of the course

I played 18 holes with two people that I was paired up with. The clubhouse and the bathrooms around the course were well taken care of. The cart paths were in great shape. I found the spacing of the sand traps to be challenging. I had a great time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/28/2019

Scottottaway, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Nice layout

Greens still bumpy from recent aeration but layout on heron and egret nines was wonderful.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/25/2019

Hi Ray6133068, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your patience as our greens heal from our recent aeration. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your round with us! We hope to see you again for another round soon.

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Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course map

Excellent course. We got lost a couple times because there was no markers for the next hole

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/25/2019

Hello, HAnk1239703. Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon.

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good value

I did golf now for $45 at 0945, great tee boxes, decent greens although they were areated.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/11/2019

Hello, we appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine.

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

nice - could be great if...

course was dried out (it has been extremely dry for awhile) and bunkers were needing fixing, but always a good round and a challenge.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 05/31/2019

Hi bpares. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine.

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