Pearl East1300 Pearl Blvd. SW, Sunset Beach, NC, 28468
The Pearl Golf Club’s East Course in Calabash, NC offers a challenging set of holes, spectacular views and an abundance of wildlife along the Calabash River at a modest price. Designed with its sister West Course by golf architect Dan Maples and opened in 1987, the East Course features an eclectic set of holes carved through pristine forest and wetlands. Unlike the West Course, the East Course has converted its crowned bent grass greens to Bermuda MiniVerde, giving the two Pearl courses different short-game experiences.
The East Course, which measures about 6,800 yards from the back tees, is a difficult test for low handicappers with a 73.5 rating and a 134 slope. Four other sets of tees make the course enjoyable for higher handicappers. Maples uses his trademark oyster shells to line some of the hazards on the tight, rolling fairways, adding to the stunning visual appeal. The East Course has consistently drawn 4-star ratings from Golf Digest’s “Places To Play” reviewers.
The East Course finishes with a pair of beautiful, but dangerous holes. The signature hole is No. 17, a 396-yard, par-4 that cuts through wetlands. The dogleg left slopes towards the marsh overlooking the Calabash River, with a handful of deep bunkers guarding the green. Water and marsh extend along the entire left side of the par-5 18th, which plays to 572 yards from the tips and at least 527 yards from three other sets of markers. With a long drawing tee shot, players can fire toward the green with another draw around the dogleg or lay up away from a bunker on the right.