Carolina National1643 Goley Hewett Road SE , Bolivia, NC, 28422
Carolina National Golf Club at Winding River Plantation is an attractive, sought-after location for a round of golf on the Grand Strand’s most northern end. Its location of Bolivia, North Carolina places it about 45 minutes from central Myrtle Beach. Designed by Gene Bates and Fred Couples, Carolina National combines Tour-caliber shot values with user-friendly design principles to form a golf experience that all players will enjoy. Opened in 1998, Carolina National was named the “Best New Affordable Course” in America by Golf Digest soon after debuting. The acclaimed magazine gives the course four and a half out of five stars on its “Places To Play” ranking.
A Certified Audubon Sanctuary, Carolina National enjoys a tremendously attractive natural setting along tidal coastal marshes fed by the Lockwood Folly River. Many of its holes feature long-range views over the parts of the gorgeous, vibrant coastal Carolinas’ ecosystem. The course’s three nines—Ibis, Egret and Heron—are named for birds native to the area.
Carolina National Golf Club is nearly finished with a renovation program that has focused on the installation of brand-new Bermuda greens on all 27 holes. The operators of the course have taken advantage of the presence of three nines, reseeding the new greens one nine at a time over many months to ensure that 18 holes stay open for play at all times. The project will be complete as of fall 2013.
Many holes at Carolina National provide intrigue by way of double fairways and centerline bunkers, meaning players must plot out the best route to the hole rather than swinging recklessly. This stimulates and engages golfers and causes them to remember fondly their rounds over the course’s 27 holes.