Wilmington Municipal Golf Course
The 18th hole plays straight ahead toward an understated clubhouse in the distance. (Photo: Ward Clayton)
July 26, 2017

Course: Wilmington Municipal Golf Course
Location: Wilmington, N.C.
Course architects: Donald Ross | John Fought (2014, green surrounds rebuild)
Opened: 1926
Par: 71
From the tips: 6,784 yards
Rating: 72.4
Slope: 128
Saturday morning green fee: $ (Under $50)
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: Yes
Fairways: Bermuda
Greens: Bermuda


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
Clubhouse: 6
Difficulty: 7
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.


Website: www.wilmingtonmuni.com
Phone: 910.791.0558
Twitter: @CityofWilm

RATED BY: Ward Clayton

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