HIt the Golf Links
The golf course at the Bald Head Island Club is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful in the Southeast. The George Cobb-designed course winds through the forest, under the eye of Old Baldy, and out onto the dune ridge where a 180° view of the ocean greets you for the final holes.
The course was renovated by Tim Cate, and includes redesigned bunkers, expanded fairways and the widespread use of native plants in the landscaping. Can’t miss holes include Nos. 6 and 7, where Old Baldy watches over the course, and 16, a par three set high on the dune ridge with sweeping ocean views.
An on-site practice facility provides a space where golfers can warm up, and PGA professionals on staff can give lessons to youth and adults of all skill levels. A clubhouse that offers men’s and women’s golf apparel, golf equipment and shoes, as well as club fitting and regripping services, is open year-round. Club rentals are also available for a fee.
Golfers must have a temporary or full membership in the Bald Head Island Club or be the guest of a member to enjoy golf privileges.
Try Your Hand at Croquet
The championship croquet greensward at the
Bald Head Island Club
regularly hosts United States Croquet Association tournaments and is the home greensward of several of the nation’s top players. Don’t let this scare you off; croquet at the Bald Head Island Club is open to beginners as well as seasoned veterans. If you’ve never played or just want to hone your skills, lessons and clinics are available and can be tailored to your skill level. All-white attire is required, although light-colored (tan) attire is permissible for guests. Check with the staff in the Golf Shop for availability, to arrange lessons, sign up for a clinic or to rent equipment.
The four courts at the
Bald Head Island Club’s
Tennis Center were recently resurfaced with MondoTen, a rubberized coating that’s easy on the joints but doesn’t impact the spin of the ball. During the summer season, daily clinics, social activities, private lessons and programs for children 3 and up are available with one of the United States Professional Tennis Association pros. A Tennis Pro Shop, located near the pool, features men’s and women’s apparel, Babolat tennis racquets, balls and accessories, and offers racquet stringing services. Hours for the tennis courts and pro shop vary by season.
Take a Dip in the Pool
On Bald Head Island you’ll find two pools – one at the Bald Head Island Club, and one at the Shoals Club.
At the Shoals Club, a lap pool overlooks a shallow children’s pool and fountain area. Poolside food and beverage service is available from the Sandbar Grille. Towels, showers, changing areas and restrooms are available. The Shoals Club staff offers water aerobics, water Zumba and parent/tot swimming lessons. The Shoals Club pools are open to members, guests and temporary members only. The pools are closed November through March, and hours vary by season.
The Bald Head Island Club’s heated 25-meter pool includes a slide for children 10 and under, showers, shaded poolside seating, towels, an adjacent restaurant, playground and beach volleyball court. Bald Head Island Club full or temporary membership is required to use the facility. The pool is open from April to October. Daily lap swim times allow swimmers to get their laps in, and water aerobics classes held three days a week provide a great, low-impact workout.