Trip Planner: Bald Head Island
The Bald Head Island Club (301 South Bald Head Wynd; 910-457-7310, bhigolf.com), designed by George Cobb and dating to1974, is fun and scenic. It’s also plenty challenging, at 6,855 yards from the tips and a slope of 139. Walking is permitted, and there is a good practice area with grass tees. The greens fee is $110.
Most visitors to Bald Head Island rent cottages. They’re available via the island’s web site, baldheadisland.com, or by calling the realty office at 800-432-7368. Cottages generally rent by the week during the summer months, with prices upward of $3,000. If you’re interested in a shorter stay or you’re traveling as a couple, rooms are available from Theodosia’s (800-656-1812) and the Marsh Harbour Inn (800-680-8322), both small and well-appointed hostelries with a view of the marina at Bald Head Village. Rates range from about $150 to $300 per night.
The most elegant of the island’s restaurants is the Shoals Club (800-559-1594), in a sprawling, clapboard beach club overlooking the ocean at Frying Pan Shoals. Be sure your rental agreement makes you a temporary member. The place for casual dining is Eb & Flo’s (910-457-7217), overlooking the marina. Eat on the deck and watch the ferry come in.
If you’re going by yacht, take the inland waterway to Southport, North Carolina, and turn east. Bald Head Island is two miles or so offshore. If the boat’s in drydock, you can drive to Southport and look for the signs to the Bald Head ferry. Parking is available near the ferry landing for $7 per day. Ferries run every half hour during the summer, every hour off-season. A round-trip ticket costs $15, and the trip takes about twenty minutes each way. Once on the island, your cottage will likely be equipped with a golf cart or two. If not, they’re available for rent near the marina.