By Dave Daubert

Native North Carolinians don’t bleed red. They don’t necessarily bleed Carolina blue. When all is said and done, they bleed green – their emerald fairways are proof of it.

Sure, basketball along Tobacco Road and stock car racing from out of the garages of Charlotte may battle for the top spot in the state’s sports hierarchy, but when it comes to pure recreation, nothing beats North Carolina golf.

The state, consequently, has become known for its array of top-notch golf courses that stretch from the mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. When it came time for the once desolate region known as the Outer Banks to start playing the game, great golf designs naturally followed. This year, as in several one’s past, OBX has proven itself once again to be a provider of some of the game’s most highly coveted courses in the Tar Heel State.

In the Carolinas, you have some of the best choices of fairway wonders in the world. According to the esteemed North Carolina Golf Panel – now in its 27th year – three courses remained among the Top 50 You Can Play in North Carolina: Featured at No. 17 is The Currituck Club, followed closely by Kilmarlic Golf Club at No. 27 and Nags Head Golf Links at No. 33.

Golf around the storied Outer Banks represents an outstanding selection of enjoyable and affordable yet quality golf courses. Lists like the North Carolina Golf Panel’s are intended to tempt you with some sort of understanding of North Carolina’s golfing mentality and thus add to your golfing pleasure. These headliners, along with a handful of others, have helped transform the Outer Banks into an outdoor sportsman’s paradise. Throw in spacious accommodations and a plethora of off-course activities and you have a destination unlike any other.

From true barrier island links courses to modern parkland marvels located inland, the region is chock full of variety. The challenges at The Pointe Golf Club, The Carolina Club, Nags Head, Kilmarlic and Currituck Club are as spectacular as the coastal views they possess. There may be no better location for a true golf vacation than the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  More