The pine forest adjacent to Wiggins Mill Reservoir has swallowed its share of golf balls in the past century. The 18 holes of Willow Springs Country Club can be found amid the forest's trees, as can a relatively flat and walkable stretch of 6,641 yards patrolled by herds of feral golf carts. If the par 71 layout proves elusive, players can enlist the constructive criticism of Class-A PGA member Jimmy Gurkin, the club's resident professional and its owner since 1989.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 71 course
Total length of 6,641 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 71 from the back tees
Course slope of 127 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
Capital Golf Center beckons visitors to its 20 verdant acres sprawling with hands-on, family-friendly activities. A small river populated by poker-playing otters surges through the 18-hole miniature golf course and curves around daunting sand traps, where swingers can practice their short game, launching sandy balls onto smooth greens. For more serious swinging, head to the 25 sheltered and heated hitting bays at the practice facility, which is open year-round. Those in need of back-swing advice can bone up in lessons from PGA–certified instructor Jeff Robinson, who boasts two decades of experience to assist golf scholars.
With beautiful greens and scenic views, River Bend Golf and Country Club in New Bern is one of the finest golf courses in the area.
The doors are open for you at this course with their people friendly restaurant and great, home-cooked food.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this course.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.