Course: Wilmington Municipal Golf Course
Location: Wilmington, N.C.
Course architects: Donald Ross | John Fought (2014, green surrounds rebuild)
From the tips: 6,784 yards
Saturday morning green fee: $ (Under $50)
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: Yes
Starter: The Wilmington Municipal Golf Course is a true gem. Designed by Donald Ross in 1926, the municipal course has long been a popular golf destination on North Carolina's southeast coast, particularly after John Fought completed a greens surround redesign in 2014.
Play because …: A throwback, cool place to play golf. Where else can you spend $30 (on a weekend) to walk and play a restored Donald Ross course?
Takeaway: Sling your bag over your shoulder and play in 4 hours for less than $40 — on a Ross-designed course none the less. This course defies the muni tag that is used often in Wilmington. In his renovation, architect John Fought used Ross’ original green plans.
RATINGS [1 to 10 scale, 10 being the highest]
Food | beverage: 6
Pro shop: 6
Pace of play: 10
THE COURSE (Scorecard)
Best par 3: 16th hole (268 yards). A real test coming home. From the back tees, the hole plays like a drivable par 4.
Best par 4: 18th hole (428 yards). The finishing hole plays straight away — downhill from the tee and uphill to the green with the low-key clubhouse in the background.
Best par 5: 12th hole (546 yards). On this dogleg right hole, a creek bisects the fairway on the second shot and a small hazard sits to the right of the landing area. The green is perched on the top of the hillside.
RATED BY: Ward Clayton