In what seems to be another tale of how the current economic climate is affecting everything—even the luxury lifestyle—we heard this month that the future of Brick Landing Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach NC appears to be up in the air. According to a sign on the clubhouse, the amazing Ocean Isle Beach Golf Course is closed for January and reports from news media and actual members of the club say that it has been particularly hard to find anyone willing to talk about when the Golf Course Ocean Isle Beach will reopen. Members that spoke to the press revealed that they are billed on a monthly basis and received bills for the month of January; some, of course, have chosen not to pay. Many of the club’s avid golfers have taken to playing at other nearby North Carolina Courses like Brierwood Golf Course in South Brunswick NC and Thistle Golf Club in Sunset Beach NC.
Club members report that managing partner Dan Maples has not returned repeated requests for communication, and Bill Lane, the chief operating officer for Maples partner, Whistler Investment Group, refers all questions about the club back to Maples as he is the manager. While Maples is a renowned Golf Course Architect and designer, having designed both North Carolina Golf Courses and South Carolina Golf Courses including beach favorites, Oyster Bay Golf Links and The Pearl Golf Links, he did not design the course at Brick Landing Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach North Carolina. Instead, Maples bought the course, which was designed 23 years ago by Mike Brazeal, and decided to implement a few changes back in 2006. His plans included converting the course to private status and changing elements of the course, which is located along the Intracoastal Waterway. Several changes were made to the course design; however, the renovation improvements that were planned were put on a hold a few years ago, most likely due to a lack of funding. Apparently, arrangements to get third party money to the project failed last year as well.
Members are sad to hear of this, and are hoping that the course reopens soon. While the fate of the Brick Landing Plantation Course seems to be unknown, area members and others that are visiting or looking to purchase Golf Real Estate in Ocean Isle Beach NC can check out Ocean Ridge Plantation and its many amazing courses, including the Jaguar’s Lair, Leopard’s Chase, Panther’s Run, Lion’s Paw, and Tiger’s Eye.
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