The Inner Banks, North Carolina, situated on Albemarle Sound about 75 miles west of the Outer Banks, is blessed by more than 3,000 miles of inland coastline and charming small villages like Edenton dating from 1744. This lowcountry region was one of the first areas in North America to be settled by Europeans and today about 20 minutes from Edenton in Merry Hill, there is a newer community that offers its residents an upscale lifestyle including play on an Arnold Palmer Signature Course: Scotch Hall Preserve.
Named America’s Ninth Best New Private Course in 2009 by Golf Digest, Scotch Hall Preserve, features well placed formidable bunker complexes and excellent Bent grass greens. The par 3s like the 17th running along the water, are especially dramatic with carries over wetlands to elevated greens.
Although close to the high-energy bustle of the Outer Banks, Scotch Hall Preserve is world’s away in mind-set so don’t look for a rousing nightlife. People go to bed early and the loudest thing you may hear after 10pm is the wind chimes on the porch.
Instead, pick the kind of home you want to settle into from your range of appealing choices: a Legacy Home perhaps overlooking the 18th green or the Sound, Cottage, Marina Bungalow or Patio Home. Or you can create your own estate residence with an artisan home builder with 3,500 square feet to 8,000 square feet on sites up to about 2.5 acres. You can even have your own dock.
Neighborhoods include Legacy, Soundside, Fairways, Lakes and Capehart . Prices range from the $120,000s to more than $1 million.
Facilities include Soundside Beach Club and Grill, zero entry pool, hot tub spa, spiral water slide , children’s playground, pool pavilion, bocce ball, croquet, indoor and outdoor event space, marina, kayaking ponds, fishing and Salmon Creek Water Sports offering public jet skiing, pontoon boats, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Want to see what Scotch Hall is all about? Book and Play & Stay Package with one night apartment-style accommodations at the Inn at Scotch Hall and two rounds of golf for $147 per person. (Two nights $213). Three bedroom, 3-1/2 bath Chowan II Villas are also available from $130 per person with two rounds of golf. Packages also include free replay, practice balls, two draft beers, 20% discount on boat rentals and 10% discount on apparel at Pro Shop. ScotchHallPreserve.com
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