CHASING THE BALL

Dogs and balls go together like, well, like balls and dogs. There’s nothing your dog loves to do more than chase and retrieve a ball – except maybe sleep. They would do it for hours if your arm did not give out. But, if you think about it, they are not much different than people. We chase balls on football fields, on volley ball courts, on baseball and softball diamonds, on tennis courts, on basketball courts, on soccer fields, on pool tables – even on the beach.

In Brunswick County, NC, the most popular place to chase balls is on the golf course. Due to the moderate weather and the number of public golf courses to be found here, golf ball chasing enthusiasts can do their chasing year round. For variety, you might try a different course every time you play golf. Check them out here:

Bald Head Island, NC:

The Bald Head Island Club

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC:

The Lakes Country Club

Oak Island, NC:

Oak Island Golf & Country Club
Oak Island Par 3 Golf Course at South Harbor

Ocean Isle Beach, NC:

The Big Cats Golf Courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation

Shallotte, NC:

Brierwood Golf Club
River’s Edge Golf Club & Plantation

Calabash, NC:

Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort
Crow Creek Golf Course
The Pearl Golf Links

Carolina Shores, NC:

Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club

Holden Beach, NC:

Lockwood Folly Country Club

Sunset Beach, NC:

Oyster Bay Golf Links
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club
Thistle Golf Club

Leland, NC:

Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest
Magnolia Greens Golf Course

Bolivia, NC:

Carolina National Golf Club at Winding River Plantation

FOOD TRAVELS

 

Did you know you can travel the world without ever leaving Brunswick County, NC? Your taste buds can take you there. It’s quite amazing when you think about it. American cuisine abounds in the county but you can easily go to Italy, Thailand, Japan, Greece Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Jamaica and Turkey. That’s a good portion of the world. Need a map? Check this out.

You can find Italy in Southport, NC at Bella Cucina, in Oak Island, NC at Joseph’s Italian Bistro, in Ocean Isle Beach, NC at Roberto’s Ristorante, in Calabash, NC at Grapevine Restaurant & Lounge and in Leland, NC at Eddie Romanelli’s.

 

A bit of Thailand can be found in Southport, NC at Thai Peppers Restaurant and in Oak Island, NC at Thai by the Sea. You can visit Greece, Spain, Morocco and Portugal all in one place – in Southport, NC at Ports of Call Bistro & Market. You can also visit Greece and Turkey in Leland, NC at Gusto Grill.

The tastes of Mexico can be found in Southport, NC and Leland, NC at San Felipe Restaurante Mexicano. Your Jamaican adventure can be found in Ocean Isle Beach, NC at Sugar Shack. The closest you will get to Japan can be found in Southport, NC at Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar.

Bon voyage!

SAIL AWAY

I was recently privy to a conversation of little ones wondering if the ship on the horizon was a pirate ship and saying that the mermaids live in the deep water. One little girl even believed that her mommy could grow up to be a mermaid mommy. The sea was serene that day – blue satin to the horizon – with just enough breeze to fill the sails of the boats taking advantage of its promise. What a day to be on the water! What a day to dream away your cares – to cast them to the wind and sail away. If you are lucky enough to live in Brunswick County, NC – or even lucky enough to be visiting – your dreams of sailing away don’t have to be just dreams. There are so many ways to spend time on the water – from surfboards to Ski Dos, paddle boards to Jon boats to kayaks. But nothing can beat a sunrise sail, or a sunset sail, or a whole day on the water with nothing but the wind carrying you to deep water where, if you believe, you might even see those mermaids.

No, you don’t need to own a boat. Check out these lovers of sailing who will take you out on theirs:

Priority Sailing

S/V Kelly Allen Cruises

NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY

In 1789 an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouses was approved by Congress. On the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Act, Congress passed a resolution which designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day in recognition and remembrance of how lighthouses protected our coasts and guided sailors to safe passage. Since the development of technology, the lighthouses are mostly obsolete for their original purpose, but we still find them intriguing emblems of times past. We who live in Brunswick County, NC are quite familiar with Old Baldy, on Bald Head Island, and the Oak Island Lighthouse, in Caswell Beach, on Oak Island. Less known is the Price’s Creek Light which can be seen from the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry. The Price’s Creek Light is the only remaining light of the eight lights that once lined the 25 miles of the Cape Fear River between Southport, NC and Wilmington, NC. It served as a Confederate signal aiding blockade runners during the Civil War.

The Price’s Creek light now stands on private land and cannot be toured, however, both Old Baldy and the Oak Island Lighthouse offer tours to the public. This weekend, August 5, 6 & 7, you can also enjoy the National Lighthouse Weekend celebration at Old Baldy on Bald Head Island. The celebration includes a Maritime Classic Run for the Light starting at 7:30 PM on Sunday.

The Oak Island Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station