Cross the Alligator River in North Carolina and be welcomed to Dare County in the Outer Banks. Take the dare to balance all the island activities with rounds of golf at several standout courses. Currituck Golf by Rees Jones is a turtle haven with little ramp accesses in and out of ponds.[slideshow_deploy id=’21161′]
accommodates those who want their ducks in a row or decide as you go. The cool Atlantic on the east side and warmer sounds on the west bring both a sunrise and sunset view. Stroll the sandy dunes along the Atlantic or enjoy the pools. The Lifesaving Station Restaurant really was one back in the day and pays tribute to the heroics of yesteryear while serving chowder that can be a whole meal for a deal. Sign up for optional yoga on the beach, surf lessons, kayak tours or standup paddleboards and rental bikes. Live music entertains at the evening fire pit (smore’s packet gifted in your room). Sweet dreams candy also graces the nightstand with a card of facts on activities, tide and weather so you can decide whether to hit the water, hit the links, or visit the Wild Horse Adventures.
Thoroughbred Spanish Mustangs arrived as early as 1521 and no longer exist in Spain. As an endangered species they are well protected yet roaming free in Corolla. Rain or shine rangers load up for beach tours. During a sudden downpour on our tour, the only thing not dampened was our spirits. Our rain gear was in our golf bags. The horses didn’t mind. Sometimes the most memorable golf is played in the rain; that goes for horse tours too.
OBX is a place to rediscover your inner child. Nancy Caviness and Donna Black rediscovered their adult selves in Duck by opening Advice 5cents. If you like B&B rooms with a deck, and comfy communal quarters, this fits the bill. The Sea Pines swimming pool and tennis court are accessible to guests of Advice 5cents as is a short walk to the wild Atlantic waves or the boardwalk. This wooden walkway skirts through a maritime forest over the shore with fox and deer leading to shops and restaurants. The Blue Point is perfect for a sunset dinner. John Power and Sam McGann feature farm fresh food. The pecan pie is accompanied by bourbon ice cream, how southern!
While dining over the water, nutria (Russian sea otters) channeled by. They occasionally venture out for golf and may be seen on Nags Head Golf Links, the course furthest south along the strip. Short target golf is the name of architect Bob Moore’s game. Nags Head numbers 5, 14, and 15 along the water make it a sound decision for coastal play. In the clubhouse, climb 2 cases of wooden stairs for a knock out tower view as nice as the island lighthouses.
Jeff Lewis, formerly with Nags Head is now minutes away at Kilmarlic on the mainland, in Powells Point. Water features seem to be designer Tom Steele’s main point. At the end of Hibbidy Dibbidy Lane, The Pointe Golf Club is wide open and a local favorite. The signature hole is reached over a gazebo covered wooden bridge.
Across the Wright Brothers Bridge, back on the island, you can soar in many ways – in a sailboat or learning to hang glide at Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers first took flight. Get ready to soar into spring or summer where everyone’s name is Ma’am or Sir and shore-to-shore, is fun galore. Look for OBX golf packages at PlayOBXGolf.com
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