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FALL 2018

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T he Outer Banks off North Carolina's coast have long been a source of fascination and fantastic feats. The 200-plus miles of barrier islands have been the site of several shipwrecks— sailors used to refer to the area as the Graveya rd of the Atlantic—and home to the Roanok e Colony, which mysteriously vanished in 1587. Of course, the Outer Banks are also where the Wright brothers took flight, providing some positive balance to the area's history. Today, the Outer Banks is best known as a place where visitors can enjoy unspoiled views of the Atlantic Ocean, miles of pristine beaches, world-class fishing and diving, the freshest seafood that can be found, and some exceptional golf. This combination of activities and laid-back atti- tude makes the Outer Banks a prime place for a golf road trip. Mainlanders from as far away as Charlotte or Greenville can be to OBX with a scenic day's drive. To plan a trip to the Outer Banks, start by deciding which area you'd like to visit. Locals consider there to be three main sections: the Northern Beaches, Hatteras Island, and Roanoke Island. Each have plenty to offer, but the Northern Beaches are where the golf courses are situated along the Outer Banks. One of the best known golf courses in the North- ern Beaches is Nags Head Golf Links, a ClubCorp property that embraces the windy surroundings with a links-style layout from Bob Moore. T he wind comes into play on nearly every shot, making solid contact more important than distance on most holes. Maga- zines such as Golf Digest and Golfweek rank Nags Head Golf Links highly, and the challenge of the course is matched by the beauty of the surroundings – the course is routed along the western edge of a thin strip of land, making sunsets across the Currituck Sound especially spectacular. Nags Head Golf Links is near the southern end of the Northern Beaches, not far from where the Wright Brothers took flight at Kill Devil Hills. The area is an ideal location for a getaway , with abundant dining and lodging options. Nags Head is a year-round tourist attraction, but the many miles of beaches and nature trails mean you'll never feel crowded by other travel- ers. After g olf, stop by Miller's Waterfront Restaurant for locally caught seafood, or Pamlico Jack's for a pirate-style hideaway and a stunning sunset view. Another Northern Beach golf gem is Kilmarlic Golf Club, situated roughly 20 miles north of Nags Head Golf Links in Powell's Point. The Tom Steele design hosts the annual ODU/OBX Intercollegiate, a Division I event that attracts top talent from across the country to the Outer Banks – with many future PGA Tour players having teed it up at Kilmarlic over the years. Kilmarlic is adding a series of golf cottages for overnight guests, with the first three already open. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottages surround a lighted putting green and a four-hole short course for morning warmups or evening post-round fun with friends. Another great post-golf option on property is the Black T artan Tap Room in Kilmarlic's clubhouse. It's a fine place to enjoy a burger and a craft brew while watching a game and discussing the day's birdies and bogeys. ■ 28 | | FA L L 2 0 1 8 ROA D T R I P Nags Head Golf Links (bottom) is an excellent option for golf, while sightseeing on the Outer Banks can include horseback rides along the miles of beach (right) or visits to historic lighthouses, like the one keeping watch over Cape Hatteras (below). The Outer Banks offer an unmatchable atmosphere Experience links-style golf and spectacular sunsets along the Northern Beaches of OBX BY DON JOZWIAK OUTER BANKS VISITORS BUREAU NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

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