History and Location
Nestled in the heart of Carolinas is the majestic Lion’s Paw Golf Links, an architectural marvel in the world of golf, situated in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. One of the “Big Cats” courses of Ocean Ridge Plantation, Lion’s Paw has been a beloved destination for golfers since its establishment in 1991.
Design and Course Layout
Masterfully designed by acclaimed architect Willard Byrd, Lion’s Paw is characterized by its undulating terrain, naturally blended into the surrounding landscape. The course spans over 7000 yards, encompassing a variety of distinctive features that create a unique blend of challenge and enjoyment for golf enthusiasts of all levels.
The course layout is a visually stunning mix of open, rolling fairways and large, subtly contoured MiniVerde Bermuda greens. Throughout each hole, golfers will encounter a diverse range of obstacles. Natural wetlands, strategically placed bunkers, and native grasses all come into play, challenging golfers to strategize and adapt their game.
Signature Holes and Challenges
Lion’s Paw Golf Links is particularly beloved for its signature holes – the par-3 7th hole and the par-5 16th holes, both of which showcase Bynum’s architectural ingenuity. The 7th hole, a modest 150-yard challenge, demands precise strategy as golfers take on the task of clearing a large, expansive pond to a well-protected green.
In contrast, the 16th hole offers a generous 500-yard challenge, marked by a dogleg left and an uphill approach to the green, testing the skills of even the most seasoned players.
While the course itself gives an exhilarating experience, the scenic beauty of Lion’s Paw is reason alone to pay a visit. The rolling topography is painted with spectacular colors. From the blooming azaleas and dogwoods in the spring, to the reds and golds in fall, the beauty of nature creates a ‘play-in-the-park’ vibe. What’s more, the course boasts uninterrupted views of the Brunswick coastal marshland to offer a truly peaceful golf setting.
Amenities and Facilities
The Lion’s Paw complements the outstanding golfing experience with its top-of-the-line amenities. Its well-equipped pro shop is a treasure trove for golf equipment and apparel, while the knowledgeable staff offer tips and advice on playing the course.
Lion’s Paw Golf Links also boasts a practice facility, complete with a driving range and putting green. Here, golfers can hone their skills before embarking on the challenging course.
Lion’s Paw Golf Links isn’t just a place to golf, it’s an experience. It is a testament to the philosophy of embracing and enhancing the natural environment to create a course that is both challenging and enjoyable. Through its well-designed layout, stunning natural surroundings, and high-quality facilities, Lion’s Paw is a golfing destination that never ceases to impress and captivate its visitors.