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Golfing in New Bern NC 

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Hello Golfers

I am Steve Tyson, a native of New Bern, NC, an avid Golfer, and a Real Estate Broker by trade. I started playing golf when I was 7 years old, and when I am not selling homes it is what I like to do best. I have played many of the golf courses in and around New Bern and would like to share some of my thoughts about the different courses as well as the communities that surround the courses.

My handicap has ranged from 2 to 7 over the past 10 years depending on how often I get to play. E mail me at or call me at 252-514-9157 and let me know what you think about any of the golf courses you play while visiting the New Bern NC area.

Because of the moderate climate in New Bern, golf is considered a year-round sport. Although we have some sweater-weather days in the winter there are not many days when it is too cold to play.

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Carolina Colours

Great Golf Course

Military Special To show our support for the Troops in the month of July. $30.00 Rate will be extended to every day of the week for the month of July. Rate is good anytime and is for 18 holes including cart. Tuesday thru Sunday. Good for active and retired military members.

Carolina Colours is the newest golf course in the New Bern area. Designed by renown golf course Architect Bill Love, Colours is quickly becoming one of Eastern North Carolina's favorites courses. It is located on Highway 70 East, about eight miles from the center of New Bern. Each Friday active and retired military can play the course for $30, cart included. We appreciate Carolina Colours doing this as we have a lot of Marines in the area.

    Tee Yardages
  • Black tees=7008
  • Blue Tees=6628
  • Green Tees=6406
  • White Tees=6180
  • Gold Tees=5799
  • Red=4913

Carolina Colours putting green

The putting green, shown above, and the practice range, are certainly worthy of mentioning and are one of the best I have seen at any golf course. I last played this course in April, 2013 and would say the bent grass greens, (A1A4),were nearly perfect. If you miss a putt on these greens it is your fault, not the greens.

One of the best holes in New Bern

The 9th is the signature hole and one of my favorite holes in the New Bern area. This par 5 plays about 490 yards from the middle tees. The tee shot is pretty wide open but water on the left and heavy woods on the right come into play on the 2nd. This can make even a layup shot a little scarey. The picture shows me hitting my 3rd shot to a pin on the left side of the green. As you can see I am aiming well right of the pin as I have been know to pull my iron shots. This green, as are most of the greens on this course, are quite large making approach less intimidating.

The 2nd hole looks harmless enough. It plays 140 yards from the middle tees and is a little downhill. The huge green makes for a eary target, but the many undulations make 3 putting quite easy.

The 3rd hole is a par 5, 517 yards from the middle tees. The left side is guarded by thick woods and the right side by a fairway bunker and woods. Water comes into play on the 2nd shot. Number 4 and 5 are very scenic holes, short but challenging.

The back 9 is full of great golf holes. Number 14 is a short par 4, only 308 from the middle tees. The entire left side of the fairway and green are guarded by water and there is a fairway bunker on the right. It is really not a driver hole as 240-250 in the middle and you might run out of fairway. The day I played it was 99 degrees and my hands were sweating profusely. I took out a hybrid, and took a mighty swing. On the way down the club slipped completely out of my hand it it in the and I missed the ball. My playing partners were too stunned to laugh. After I retrived my club I came back and hit it in the fairway bunker. My next shot was 15 yards short of the green and a chip and 3 foot put gave me a bogy. I am sure my partners will remember this hole, me, I am trying to forget it.

I really like this course and bet you will as well. Carolina Colours is a great place to golf and a great place to live. It not only is New Bern's newest golf course it is the the newest housing development with over 1800 home sites. New homes start in the low $200,000's. Come on down and I will give you a tour and you can play some golf.


Next let's go to the Emerald

Tiger Woods played the Emerald Golf course in 2000.

Here I am getting ready to launch a drive on the first hole at the Emerald. Its a good starting hole, dogleg left, and pretty wide open however a big hook can get you behind the trees and require you to punch out. In 2000 Tiger Woods hooked his tee ball on this hole deep left and had no shot to the green, or at least that what we thought. He hit a weird duck hook 9 iron around a forest of trees and walked away with a birdie where any other human would have had to scramble for a par.

Let's see, head down, eyes on ball, big shoulder turn, shift weight, straight arm, left foot square......ah heck, just hit it.

I think I remember duck hooking this shot, but I look good, huh

The Emerald golf course is located in the Greenbrier subdivision, right in the center of New Bern. In 1989 this lovely tract was designed by world-renowned golf architect, Rees Jones. It was named one of the top 50 new courses in the Southeast by by Golf Weekly the year it opened. The course is usually in excellent condition. The greens will be replaced in July 2013.

The Emerald has a well groomed practice range so you can loosen up before you play. This is a very difficult course to walk so you better be in good shape to hoof it. From 1990 to 2000, the Curtis Strange Shrine Classic was held at the Emerald. Curtis's wife is from New Bern and they wanted to raise money for the Shriner's children hospital and help the local golfing community. Just a few of the notable golfers that played in the fundraiser were, Arnold Palmer, Jay Haas, Tom Kite, Fred Couples, Nancy Lopez,  Stewart Cink, and Fuzzy Zeller. Tiger Woods played the last year the fundraiser was held and tied the course record 63, the first time he stepped on the course. In 1992 and 1993 the Emerald was host to one of the PGA qualifying schools.

I enjoy playing this golf course. From the back 2 tee boxes its long, but the large soft greens are receptive to longer approach shots. Make sure to keep it in the fairways as the rough has an abundance of trees making recovery shots very difficult.Number 18 is the signature hole, and believe me its all you want and then some. Into the wind it is a long hole, and even the power players will be hitting a long iron for their second shots. Left of the fairway is OB and water runs all the way down the right side.Number 5 is one of my favorite holes. It is a par 5 and although I have never hit the green in two, I try every time I play. A double dogleg makes it a 3 shot hole for all but the best golfers. Play smart and you should get your par. A very challenging golf course to play, just make sure you keep it in the fairway. Click in the scorecard box below to see a scorecard and layout.


Golf course and clubhouse is privately owned but open to the public.
Initiation Fee: $900 with $153 per month dues - Member cart fee extra
Optional Membership for swimming, clubhouse and tennis available to Greenbrier residents only:
$800 initiation with $64 monthly fees.


$49/18 holes
$29/9 holes


The Emerald at Greenbrier is within the city limits of New Bern and is convenient to just about everything. My wife Jana and I have sold quite a few homes in this upscale community. It is one of the most desirable locations in New Bern and at times it can be hard to find a home for sale. You will find homes priced from $200,000.00 to $500,000.00. For information on real estate in Greenbrier click New Bern NC Neighborhoods



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Next we will ride over to Riverbend Golf Course and Country Club

Voted best golf course 5 years straight by The New Bern COC

Riverbend Golf Course was once upon a time a large tobacco and corn farm . In the mid 1960`s the farm was sold to a real estate developer and it quickly became New Bern's first major suburban neighborhood. Located on the Trent River, about 10 minutes from mid-town New Bern, Riverbend Golf Course was designed and built in the early 1970`s by golf course developer Gene Hamm. Gene has designed quite a few courses in Myrtle Beach and Pinehurst.

The course and clubhouse underwent a complete makeover a few years ago. Included in the makeover was a new clubhouse complete with a restaurant. I have to say that after the improvements this course may be the best value of any golf course membership in the area. Every time I have played it for the past 8 years it has been in excellent shape.

They also have the only lighted practice facility in the area. My good friend Frank Fragale is the owner manager. If you play Riverbend tell him I sent you out there.

New Bern golf courses

Number 18 (shown on the left) is the signature hole at Riverbend. A 240 yard drive from the back tees will leave you about a 6 iron into a somewhat deep but narrow green. Don't slice your tee shot as there is water all the way down on the right side. Par is a great score on this hole.

The toughest hole to me is number 12, (shown below). This is a long dogleg left with a pond covering the left side of the fairway that comes into play if you drive it over 235 from the back tees. You have got to hit a great drive or par is next to impossible. Birdies are a rarity.

River Bend Golf Course


The most exciting hole is number 14. It is a short par 4 with a sharp dogleg to the left. The long-hitters often try to drive the green, usually with not so good results. I have yet to see someone drive the green. Most attempts end up in the pond, shown above, that defends the front of the green. The smart play( which I rarely do, I'm usually in the pond) is to hit about a 200 yard drive and have about a 100 yards in.

The 3rd hole is also a challenge. I don't think I have ever seen a birdie on this hole. A good drive is a must, OB left and Right, but even with a good drive you are left with a approach shot to an upgill green that is difficult to judge. A par or even bogey won't hurt you here.

Riverbend is definitely worth playing a round while you are in New Bern.

Riverbend membership is very reasonable. Listed below are membership rates that are current as of 9-15-07





Don't forget to stop by Attitudes Bar and Grill on Shoreline Drive after you play and see my old high school football team mate and owner Claude Banks. Tell him to give you my discount. Then again, maybe not a good idea to mention you know me. If boating is your hobby, boat slips are available at the new marina . Golfing, boating, or fishing, Riverbend has it all. Homes in this lovely little town range from $120,000 up to $550,000 for a home on the river. My wife and I have sold many homes over the years in Riverbend. Its a great town to visit, and a great place to live. Call me and I will give you a tour Click Town of Riverbend to find out more about this quaint little town.

94 Shoreline Dr
River Bend, NC
252- 638-2819

Open to the Public Championship 18 Hole Golf Course.

18 holes with cart=$48

Driving Range

Two Lighted Tennis Courts

Area?s Largest Outdoor Pool

Golf Lessons, Clinics & Schools for all ages

Clubhouse Facilities

Tennis Courts & Clubhouse Facilities

Membership Dinners & Special Kids Event

Private Swimming Lessons Available

 Swim Team 

Lets see, by boat from Riverbend to New Bern Golf Course takes about 15 minutes. Lets boat over and check it out.

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New Bern Golf Course
Country Club Rd.
New Bern, NC 252-637-4061

That's me chipping to the 18th green at NBGCC. The clubhouse has a spectacular view of the Trent River.

This is one of New Bern's favorite golf courses.

New Bern Golf and Country Club was built in 1920 and is oldest and most exclusive golf course and country club in Eastern NC. One of the origional founders was Caleb Bradham, the inventor of Pepsi Cola. New Bern is a private club so you will need to be with a member to play. NBGCC is located in the Town of Trent Woods, about a 5 minute drive from midtown New Bern. The front 9 holes at New Bern Golf and Country Club were designed with the help of famed golf architect Donald Ross. From the full service restaurant as well as the bar, you have an incredible view of the Trent River.

The picture below shows me lining up a putt on the 18th hole at New Bern Golf and Country Club. The 18th plays only 155 yards from the middle tees but you must go over about 50 yards of the river. The green has a severe slope and if you get above the hole you can expect to 3 putt. This is perhaps the most scenic hole in N.C.

That's the East Carolina Yacht Club in the background.

The 18th tee box and the 17th green are in the background

This 18 hole golf course is short at 6045 yards, but don't let that fool you. The small, fast, turtle back greens make it a true test of all your golf skills. I have seen this little course make some low handicappers look silly. The 13th hole is the number one handicap hole. There is a large pond that comes into play on your drive. Go over this green on your second shot and you have an impossible par. Big back to front slope makes anything hit past the pin difficult to get aggressive with.

New Bern Golf and Country ClubNumber 17, shown on the left) is a picturesque hole, only 325 yards, but is ranked the number 3 handicap hole. On paper it is simple. A 220 yard drive, 100 yard wedge to the green, no problem. For some reason it doesn't seem to work that way. Catch your second a little heavy and splash into the lagoon. Hit one club to many and you are in the Trent River. On top of this at times the green will stimp out close to 12, with a steep slope from from back to front. If the pin is on the front of the green and you hit it above the hole, good luck.

For some reason number 3 is the hardest hole on the course for me. It looks harmless enough. A straight away 150 yard par 3, the green is very narrow, with deep sand traps on each side. I once saw a scratch handicapper hit it in the trap and end up making a 14.

Facilities at NBGCC include an Olympic size pool, fitness room, championship tennis courts, and a superb&;bar and dining room overlooking the Trent River. This Course is always in great shape. The legendary golfer Sam Snead (shown below) had a good friend that lived in New Bern, and Sam used to visit and play golf here.

The quaint Little town of Trent Woods is one of the most desirable areas in New Bern. Homes here start around $150,000.00 and go up to $550,000.00. Expect to pay over $1,000,000.00 for a riverfront home.



Lets jump across the beautiful Trent River to get to our next golf course.

In my younger days I spent the summers skiing on this lovely river. World renown water skier Dick Pope Jr. use to burn up the river here when he was a young Marine stationed at Cherry Point. His family, you may recall, built  Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven Florida. In 1947 he became the first person to bare foot ski. I tried bare footing once. The brain damage I suffered helped make me decide I did not want to pursue a professional career in water skiing. Dick later had his own line of water ski's, and when I was growing up if you did not own a Dick Pope Jr. ski you were not considered a serious skier.

Taberna Golf Course and Country Club


Great Golf Course

Taberna's centerpiece is the magnificent golf clubhouse, designed after a castle in Switzerland.

Taberna is a challenging layout designed by senior Nicklaus architect Jim Lipe. The course has a fantastic practice facility complete with a driving range and well manicured putting green.

Number 1 is a great starting hole. A slight dogleg left with a bunker down the left side that prevents you from cutting the corner and shortening the hole. After a drive of 230 yards down the middle you should have about 150 yards left. The 3 well placed sand traps around the green make the second shot dificult even from the middle of the fairway.

The number 1 handicap hole is the par 5 6th. I personally don't find this hole that difficult if you play it as a 3 shot hole. Just keep it in play and you should manage a par. The trouble comes into play for us amateurs when we see the par 5 sign and try things we are not capable of doing. Now the next hole is a different story.

From the back tees number 7 plays 437 yards. This dogleg right is the toughest hole for me on the front 9. Right behind it in difficulty would be number 3 which is 450 from the back. A well hit drive still leaves a long approach to a downhill green. An accurate 2nd shot is needed to avoid a potential 3 putt on a green that has some severe slopes.

Number 9 is a tough par 5 with a lake running all the way down the left side of the fairway which comes into play on the drive, 2nd, and 3rd shots. When the wind blows directly in your face, which it often does, you will be glad to get off this hole without a big number and move on to the snack bar which is on the way to the 10th hole.

Number 10 is a good starting hole for the back nine. Just avoid the bunker that guards the right side of the fairway. This is a relief after numbers 7 and 9. Number 11 is a par 5. No trouble in the middle of the fairway so try to keep it there. Its rated the  number 6 handicap hole but I don't see it.

The most scenic hole on the course is number12. Its the number 14 handicap rated handicap hole and to me it plays more like number 3. Its 202 yards from the back or 180 from the middle tees. From the middle tee its about a 170 yard carry over wetlands that run between the tee and the green. A slight miss hit and you are in the drink and on your way to a big number.

Number15 is one of my favorite holes on the back. Its a sharp dogleg left with water all the way down the left side. A 200 yard drive leaves you about 150 out. The problem is that we are all human and human nature requires that we try to shave off some of the dogleg. Well, you know what can happen when you do that.

The Taberna subdivision, located about 3 miles south of downtown New Bern, is one of the newest, upscale neighborhoods in Eastern North Carolina.

I would love to show you this neighborhood. There is a house here for everyone. Homes prices range from $200,000 to $550,000.

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Taberna Golf

Private club for members only.
Initation fees:

$1000 individual
$1000 family

$2500 individual
$3500 family

Corporate (family)


$65/month individual
$185/month family

$90/month Family

Trail Fees:
$800 individual
$1200 family

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Continue Driving East on Highway until you hear the Sound of Freedom

Close to New Bern and a great golf course

The Sound of Freedom Golf course is located on Cherry Point Marine Air Station which is 15 miles East of New Bern.

Although located on the Marine Base the course is open to the public.

New Bern best value golf course

Great golf near New Bern and Atlantic Beach

I have played this course on numerous occasions and really enjoy the layout. Because it is located on the banks of the Neuse River it is one of the few courses in the New Bern area that have some fairly significant elevation changes. It is usually in good shape and from the back tees it is challenging and fun to play.

Located on the Neuse River about 15 minutes from New Bern

The picture above ;shows former Cherry Point Base Commander, Major General retired, Tom Braaten teeing off on the short par 3 number 3. You can see the large valley in front of the tee box.

The picture above shows the current Base Commander, Colonel Paul Zimmerman teeing off on number 17, a monster of a par 4 from the back tees.

The picture above shows my good friend Mike Wilson, also a retired Marine, hitting his 2nd shot on the par 5 number 2. Number 2 is a really neat layout, a slight dogwood to the right. A 250 yard drive down the center will leave you in position to reach the green in 2. But try to cut much of the dogwood off and you will hit the severe slope which will take you down to the rough on the right which is not good. Left is no trouble but makes the hole play much longer.

This course has a very distinct layout and because it is on a military base there are no homes on the course. You will need to concentrate as this is a Marine Air Base and planes are subject to taking off on a regular basis. A round of golf with a cart will cost $30 on the weekdays and $32 on the weekend. Call 252 466 3044 to book your tee times.

Carolina Pines Golf and Country Club

Highway 70 West-about 1 mile north of Havelock

252 444 1111

Only 6299 yards from the back tees Carolina Pines is a friendly course to play and a friendly place to live. Located about 20 minutes from New Bern, 5 minutes from Havelock, and 22 minutes from the beach, Carolina Pines has a wide assortment of homes ranging in price from $125,000-$500,000.

Except for a few holes the fairways are wide and the open rough will not severely punish a errant tee shot. The greens are small as is the case with most short courses and requires accurate iron shots.

Carolina Pines has a practice range for those that need to warm up a little before playing. They also have a nice clubhouse facility with a lounge and restaurant.

The signature hole is the beautiful par 5 number 15. With its green perched on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Neuse River you will not find a more scenic hole in North Carolina. A straight away short par 5 a good drive and fairway wood will get you close to the green where you have a good chance for a birdie. The picture below was taken from the 15th green at Carolina Pines. Wow, what a view!

New Bern NC Golf courses

Number 2 is the number 1 handicap hole and it is easy to see why. the hole is well over 400 yards and to make matters worst the green sits on a knoll. If you land just short of the green your ball will roll back into a gully where an up and down is nearly impossible.

Carolina Pines Golf Course is a very friendly course to play and a very friendly place to live. It is one of those communities where neighbors look out for one another.

Number 2 is the hardest hole on the course. It plays 420 from the back tees. In front of the green is a deep ravine and if you short side your approach it will roll about 40 feet down leaving you a very dificult bogy. Long is not good either as the green slopes severely front to back making a chip down hill treacherous.

Number 4 is a very interesting layout. You only need about a 210 yard drive, but it needs to be strategically placed or you won't have an open shot to the green. For the most part this is a fun course to play. So get yourself a tee time and have some fun.

Homes prices range from $125,000 to $300,000. Expect to pay quite a bit more for the homes in Carolina Pines that are on the Neuse River. Carolina Pines is located about 12 miles from New Bern, 4 miles from Havelock and Cherry Point Marine Air Station, and 20 miles from Atlantic Beach. Close to historic New Bern and the Neuse River, close to the Ocean. What more could you want?

Single Membership

$112 per month

Family membership

$127 per month

Fairfield Harbour Golf Course


The community of Fairfield Harbour is located about 15 minutes from Historic downtown New Bern. It is a 2,400 acre community that sits along the banks of the Neuse River. From FFH by water it is about 15 miles or so to the intra coastal waterway and the Atlantic Ocean is a short distance from there. A canal system winds throughout much of the community. Amenities include 2 golf courses, tennis courts, and 3 marinas that will accommodate up to a 60 foot boat.

Two Great Golf Courses.

Note:The Shoreline Course is closed until further notice

The Shoreline Golf Course was the first course built in Fairfield. If you play Shoreline you  better bring your A game. This course was designed to find any flaws in your golf game. Straight, well placed drives are absolutely essential. I love the layout of Shoreline, its one of my all time favorite courses. When I play there I expect to have some bad holes so I just relax and enjoy the challenge of playing a difficult tract. Number 3 is the number one handicap hole. Playing 587 yards from the back tees, there is no bail out on your drive, second shot, or approach. Trouble both left and right. I usually play this hole for bogey and just try to avoid the big number. The next hole, number 4, is a fun hole that you can birdie, that is if you do not slice into the lake. Number 6 is a 490 yard par 5 with water left and OB right. Another no place to bail out hole. A good drive and second shot still leaves you shooting to a difficult narrow but deep green. Number 14 is the number 2 handicap hole and when you see it you will understand why. Its a long slight dogleg left, usually plays into the wind, and has water all the way down the left side. You can bail right, however if you do so beware of the bunker and it additional length you add to the already long hole. This is another hole that I play for bogey. Its easy to make a big number here. Number 18 is a great finishing hole. Its a dogleg right with a lake all the way down the left side off the fairway and a bunker guarding  the right side.

The Harbour Pointe Golf Course is a little less nerve wracking than Shoreline. But don't think it is a wimp. The first 4 holes are not especially difficult but  number 5 can jump up and bit you. Long, OB left, and a lake all the way down the right side, it usually seems to play into the wind. The back side starts out harmless enough until you come to number 14. Plays 446 yards from the back, with OB all the way down the left side and wetlands all the way down the right side. The green has a panoramic view of Broad Creek and the Neuse River.  I grew up fishing in this area and would love to share some of my fishing stories with you. Number 17 is a fun hole. It is short but a hook will land you in the pond that runs most the way down the left side.

Click the table below to get a scorecard of both Fairfield courses.


Initiation Fee: $1500/Family; $1000/Single
Annual Greens Fees:

$2170.82/Assessed Family
$2629.23/Non-Assessed Family
$1598.62/Single Assessed
$2057.03/Single Non-Assessed
*Does not cover golf cart

Cart Trackage:


Cart Lease:

$515.96/Second Single in Family


$37/18 holes



Star Hill Golf and Country Club

The Sands Nine

HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 TOT Rating Slope
BLUE 515 326 414 164 316 410 167 441 491 3244 69.8 118
WHITE 495 318 393 144 286 397 150 404 470 3057 68.0 114
GOLD 427 285 348 101 225 335 135 362 450 2668 64.8 108
HCP 4 8 3 9 7 2 6 1 5      
PAR 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 36    
RED 331 201 310 91 185 265 127 327 422 2259 64.9 105
HCP 5 2 8 7 6 9 4 1 3      

The Pines Nine

HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 TOT Rating Slope
BLUE 338 520 294 207 415 348 491 440 217 3270 71.0 121
WHITE 325 481 283 180 382 323 467 404 193 3038 69.0 117
GOLD 300 416 271 155 312 258 415 355 173 2655 65.8 106
HCP 7 3 8 2 6 9 4 1 5      
PAR 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 36    
RED 282 352 227 137 259 217 355 275 131 2235 64.9 105
HCP 5 2 8 7 6 9 4 1 3      

The Lakes Nine

HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 TOT Rating Slope  
BLUE 413 186 429 487 196 410 526 382 352 3381 70.8 121  
WHITE 347 174 417 476 181 385 500 365 342 3187 69.2 116  
GOLD 327 150 374 419 158 331 426 309 300 2794 66.0 108  
HCP 4 8 1 3 6 2 7 5 9        
PAR 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 36      
RED 285 107 338 376 150 298 400 273 254 2481 66.6 109  
HCP 6 5 1 4 3 2 8 9 7        


 The Links Golf Course

Can't touch this price for a round of  golf.

1885 Adams Creek Rd.  Havelock, North Carolina 28532  (252) 444-4653

Description: Semiprivate. Located in Havelock.
Greens Fees: $23/cart Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; $18/cart Wednesday; $28/cart Saturday-Sunday.
Yardage: Championship: 6224, Back: 5823, Middle: 5366, Forward: 4819

Facilities: Full practice facilities, pro shop, snack bar, driving range.
Membership: $200-single/$300-family initiation fee; $55/monthly single - $65/monthly family. Free Range Balls included.

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Quaker Neck Golf Course

A breath of fresh air, a round of golf complete with a cart

all for $25. Beat that!

241 Country Club Drive, Trenton, North Carolina 28585
(252) 224-5736.

Located about 20 minutes from New Bern in rural Jones County this golf course has some very interesting holes with some elevation change which is very unusual for Eastern North Carolina. Many of the holes are tight off the tee so driving the ball well is important. Some of the par 4's are brutal, but scoring can be made up on the short par 5's.

Description: Semiprivate. Open year-round. High Season: Summer. Opened 1966. 18 holes, par 72.

Yardage: Blues (6,575 yards, 71.7 rating, 126 slope); Whites (6,216 yards, 71.7 rating, 123 slope); Gold (5,677 yards, 67.7 rating, 110 slope); Red (4,952 yards, 68.5 rating, 115 slope)

I played Quaker Neck on 9-28-08 and found it to be in good shape. The greens are Bermuda and were rolling quite well. I give it the thumbs up for an inexpensive relaxing round of golf.


Brandywine Bay

Located on Highway 70 East about 25 minutes from New Bern and 10 minutes from Atlantic Beach the Brandywine Bay golf course is generally kept in good condition. The greens are Bermuda and are slower than many of the other courses in the area that have bent grass, but they still putt pretty true.

At just over 6500 yards from the championship tees and around 6000 from the middle tees it is friendly for seniors who struggle with distance off the tee. Number 9 is a difficult dogleg left that that will require a lay up off the tee and a 200 yard approach shot. Number 2 and 4 are my favorite holes. Both are par 5's and require well placed tee shots to have a shot at a birdie.

I last played Brandywine Bay in June 08 and it was in good shape. Fun course to play.

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