The facility includes an aquatic playground for kids and a 600-sq. ft. splash-pad area that includes waterslides leading to a plunge pool. The new “coastal casual” Horizons restaurant, featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean, is a full-service, poolside dining venue with two bars and a walkup snack bar window.
Members of the Bald Head Island (N.C.) Club are enjoying a new 15,000-sq. ft. Aquatics Center and the Horizons ocean-view restaurant this season.
The aquatics center, which opened to members in early May after an extensive renovation, is designed to cater to all members of the family. A large leisure pool rimmed with chaise lounges appeals to adults and older kids, while a children’s zero-entry pool features an aquatic playground at the center, including a water slide, water bucket drop, climbing feature, and other interactive water play.
The 600-sq. ft. splash-pad area is outfitted with pop jets, water hoops, and water cannons, as well as two waterslides leading to a plunge pool. The club also incorporated the existing pool into the aquatics center, which now serves as a lap pool. Adjacent to the water features, a dry playground boasts all-new equipment.
The new coastal-casual Horizons restaurant is a full-service, poolside dining venue featuring views of the Atlantic Ocean. Horizons serves lunch and dinner daily in the dining room, as well as outdoors on its expansive wraparound porch. Adults can enjoy cocktails from Horizon’s two bars, while kids will love the walkup snack bar window serving grab-and-go treats. In addition, a newly added cabana bar serves drinks and lite fare.
“The new aquatics complex is a game changer for the island,” said Robert Norton, PGA, Bald Head Island’s General Manager. “We worked to create a space that would have broad appeal for the whole family, where everyone would feel welcomed and catered to. We look forward to our first full summer season with the new complex, and we’re thrilled with the feedback we’ve gotten from members so far.”
Bald Head Island Club also features a seaside golf coursethat was designed by George Cobb in the 1970s and recently restored by Tim Cate. Children under the age of 15 can play the course at no charge when accompanied by a paying adult.
Bald Head Island Club is private club allows use of its facilities by members, member’s guests, temporary guest members, special event guests, package-play golfers, and commercial operations within the community. Temporary guest memberships are available with most rental homes on Bald Head Island.
The boat-accessed community is located two miles off the coast of Southport, NC. Transportation on the island is restricted to golf carts, bicycles and pedestrian traffic. Of the island’s 12,000 acres, 10,000 acres of beaches, salt marsh and maritime forest are protected and will remain undeveloped.
Old Baldy, the most famous manmade structure on the island and one of the first things visitors notice when arriving on the island, was built in 1817 and is one of the few lighthouses where visitors may climb all 108 steps to the lantern room at the top.
In August 2018, C+RB reported on the club’s expansion through acquisition of the neighboring Shoals Club (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/bald-head-island-n-c-club-acquire-shoals-club/).