George Cobb-Designed Course Receives Minimal Damage from Hurricane Ophelia
September 16, 2005, Bald Head Island, N.C. – The Bald Head Island Golf Course will reopen Tuesday, September 20, after receiving minimal damage from Hurricane Ophelia.
Hurricane Ophelia grazed the North Carolina coast Wednesday, September 14th with 75 mile-per-hour winds and rain but Bald Head Island, located at the southernmost point of the North Carolina beaches, escaped the wrath of the storm and is ready to open its course to golfers starting next Tuesday. The island ferry that shuttles golfers and visitors to the Island resumed service Friday, September 16th and the golf course will reopen September 20th after minor cleanup.
“We were fortunate to get through Hurricane Ophelia with minimal damage and no structural harm to the course,” said Ron Thomason, Bald Head Island director of golf. “We had a lot of rain and have a few limbs and trees down but nothing major. We are taking precautionary measures to let the course dry out so we can get the mowers out and clean up. We had scheduled our fall aerifying for next Monday and Tuesday but decided to get it all done on Monday and reopen first thing Tuesday morning.”
For more information on tee times at Bald Head Island Golf, please call the pro shop at 1-866-657-7311 or visit the website at www.bhigolf.com.
About Bald Head Island Golf Course
The Bald Head Island Golf Course is a seaside masterpiece located on the southernmost of the North Carolina cape islands. The Bald Head Island Club is a private club that is available for non-member play. Bald Head Island is located just north of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and can easily be reached in about an hour.
Like the links courses in Ireland and Scotland, seven holes on the Bald Head Island Course stretch across rolling dunes overlooking the ocean. The course also winds through a maritime forest and wraps around fifteen freshwater lagoons. Architect George Cobb, consultant to Augusta National, left much of the land the way he found it – carved by wind and water. The ocean wind always plays a role in club selection and shot-making. The Bald Head Island Golf Course was awarded “4 1/2 stars” by Golf Digest.
The golf course recalls the early days of golf design when landscape architects allowed the land to reveal its own character, challenge, and inspiration. A long, mature course, it offers a refreshing opportunity for golfers to experience the game the way it was originally intended to be played. Play proceeds at a relaxed pace, and there is rarely an occasion when a preferred tee time is not available. The 6,844 yard course has a slope rating of 137 from the championship tees but three other sets of tees are also available for players of all abilities.The Bald Head Island Club features a modern clubhouse and new pro shop. After the round, golfers can enjoy a delicious meal in the club’s restaurant and a refreshing drink in the bar. Bald Head Island also offers overnight accommodations.
Cheryl Harden or Erin Barrett