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Golf requires lots of practice to really hone your skills. Here are the Southport country clubs and courses where you can improve your swing.

If you've been shopping around for Southport homes for sale, you probably want to explore the nearby amenities as well. You'll be looking at shopping, schools, eating out, perhaps a place of worship, gyms, as well as recreational opportunities. Among the many recreational activities you can find in Southport is golfing.

Are you among the 24 million-plus Americans who like to head to the links for exercise and enjoyment of a challenging game? Then Southport may have just what you need. Our real estate agents have compiled a list of some of the best golfing venues nearby.

  1. The Clubs at St. James. 3779 Members Club Blvd., Southport
    Enjoy the view of the Intracoastal Waterway as you play your game on the 81 holes of The Clubs at St. James. This challenging golf facility has four immaculate championship courses, as well as practice facilities to work on your game. Designed by P.B. Dye, the 18-hole Founders Club Course, established in 1991, is known for its fun features. In addition, it's an Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary course, with marshes that offer habitat for birds and other wildlife.

  2. Lockwood Folly Golf Course. 19 Clubhouse Drive SW, Holden Beach
    Winding through creeks, forests, fields, salt marshes, and the local community, private Lockwood Folly is in the heart of coastal Carolina. The 18-hole, par 72 course was designed by Willard Byrd, and can be challenging but offers a satisfying experience for all levels of players in a beautiful setting. It's a 25-mile drive from Southport.

  3. Bald Head Island Club Golf Course. 301 S. Bald Head Wynd, Bald Head Island
    Designed by George Cobb, the Bald Head Island Golf Course opened in 1974 as a private country club course. It was recently restored by Tim Cate and emerged with a more natural-looking and challenging design. Cate transformed 35 rough acres into sandy areas with native grasses, adding graceful sabal palms and glimpses of wildlife. There are also the Miniverde greens, new bunkers, and a new irrigation system. This course is just 8.7 miles from Southport but entails a ferry ride — what better way to see the coastal waters?

  4. Oak Island Par 3 at South Harbor Golf Course. 4166 Vanessa Dr., Southport
    All levels of golfers enjoy playing on the lush, manicured greens at Oak Island Par 3 at South Harbor Golf Course, a public golf course. You're welcome to rent a cart and clubs, but if you'd like to walk, you're sure to enjoy the lush fairways, and you can savor glimpses of the Intracoastal Waterway while you golf. Par 3 courses, which allow players three shots to make par, are the shortest courses, and so are fun for players of all levels.

  5. Oak Island Golf Course. 928 Caswell Beach Rd, Caswell Beach
    You'll enjoy strolling through the Bermuda grass greens, fairways, tees, and roughs of Oak Island Golf Course, a privately owned facility that is open to the public. Designed by renowned architect George Cobb, it opened in 1962. There are 37 bunkers and water in play on nine different holes. It's a challenging course, with wind frequently in play, as veterans of the course can attest. As you play, you will revel in the natural setting, which includes habitat for waterfowl, ocean birds, and alligators. The lush setting is rich with coastal vegetation, including Live Oaks and Yaupon holly trees. There is also a full practice facility with sand traps, putting green, and driving range.

If golf is your game, the Southport area is where you should be. For information on buying or selling a home, contact us today.