The Rick Robbins-designed course that is part of a community development in Leland, N.C., outside of Wilmington, is the first new-build course in North Carolina since the Dormie Club opened in 2010.
A new golf course has opened for play at the Compass Pointe community development in Leland, N.C, a few miles west of the city of Wilmington, Golf Course Architecture reported. It is the first new-build course in the state since Dormie Club, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, opened in 2010, Golf Course Architecture noted.
C&RB reported on the project in June 2015:
The golf course site includes wooded areas, open wetlands and long views, with significant elevation change for the coastal region, Golf Course Architecture reported. Robbins cited the par-five second hole as one of particular interest.
“It has a lot of little wetland pockets and splits as you get towards the green,” he said. “It can be played in three or four different ways.”
The closing hole, another par five, is another highlight, Golf Course Architecture reported. “The tee is elevated and you have two substantially downhill shots to a point at which a wetland crosses the hole, with the green set up on a hill of about 25 to 30 feet,” Robbins explained.
The course has been designed to be fun and very playable, focusing on appealing to the community it serves, Golf Course Architecture reported. It can even be played as an 18-hole par-three course.
“We have added a set of real tees at between 75 and 150 yards on every hole,” Robbins told Golf Course Architecture. “Generally they are within fairway mounding so you don’t see them as you are playing the hole, but can access them via the cart path.”
The facilities at Compass Pointe also include a substantial short-game and practice area, with a large driving range, 18-hole putting green, chipping area, sand-shot area and an 80-yard par three that can be used as a 19th hole, Golf Course Architecture reported.
Original designs for the course were prepared in the mid-2000s, but the project was paused following the downturn in the housing market, Golf Course Architecture reported. As the market began to recover, developer Bobby Harrelson decided to begin shaping some of the holes. This renewed activity on the golf project helped to increase interest and prices of the lots and accelerate the development, Golf Course Architecture reported.
The master plan for the community includes a routing for an additional nine holes, which are ready to be constructed as the overall development progresses, Golf Course Architecture reported.