Beau Rivage Plantation

649 Rivage Promenade, Wilmington, North Carolina, 28412
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No. Holes: 18
(910) 392-9022
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Beau Rivage Golf & Resort is a Semi-Private, 18 hole golf course located in Wilmington, North Carolina

Beau Rivage Golf and Resort facility first opened for play in 1988. The course was designed by Joe Gessner.

The Beau Rivage Golf and Resort 18-hole championship golf course is unique to the coastal Carolinas. With undulating hills and valleys, elevation changes, numerous sand traps and water hazards, we offer the avid golfer a challenging round. Another unique feature is the large size of the greens, which consist of Tif-Eagle grass. The rest of the course is covered with 419 Bermudagrass, with an overseeding of Perennial Rye on the tees, fairways, collars and approaches during the winter months.

The signature #4 hole at Beau Rivage Golf & Resort requires a 200 yards over water carry (back tees) onto a sloping, peninsula style green flanked with sand bunkers.

The Beau Rivage Golf and Resort golf course plays to 6,709 yards from the back tees. The course rating is 73.3 and the slope rating is 126. Par for Beau Rivage Golf & Resort golf course is 72.

This course has been reviewed 8 times
Golf Course ranker Photo, David Theoret
Lakeland, FL
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Guest (cart included), played on Monday, February 2019 at 12:00 PM

Beau Rivage – Surviving Florence and Going Strong!

Despite everything you’ve heard about the Wilmington area and the devastating effects Hurricane Florence had on the area in September 2018, Beau Rivage Golf & Resort continues to thrive in the South Wilmington area.

Sure Florence had a huge impact on much of the area, but South Wilmington continues to grow at a rapid pace. The community of Beau Rivage and the surrounding area looks nothing like it did two years ago; homes and condominiums now grace the entire street leading up to the Beau Rivage Clubhouse, with lots of new construction going on as well. Beau Rivage has not only grown out, it has grown up as well!

The motto of the golf course at Beau Rivage Golf & Resort is “Never Cart Path Only,” and the course has never closed due to precipitation(drainage). Post hurricane activity was no exception; with all of the havoc wreaked upon the area, the damage to the golf course was minimal. According to General Manager Jake Walker, the course lost around 100 trees as a result of Hurricane Florence. Even without these trees the course remains as enjoyable and memorable as ever. There was minimal damage to the clubhouse and only a few of the 32 guest rooms were damaged.

Beau Rivage Golf & Resort has been around for a while, in fact they just celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2018. From the back (Blue) tees, the golf course plays 6,527 yards, with a course rating of 72.9 and a slope of 138. Move up to the White Tees and the yardage drops considerably to 6,064 yards (70.5/135). From here, the holes are manageable and still allow you to leave with a little bit of dignity still intact.

Over the years, Beau Rivage Golf & Resort has received its share of accolades including Best Golf Course in Wilmington by StarNews Best of the Shore Picks for Southeastern North Carolina. (2016, 2017, 2018) and by Encore Magazine (2018). Golf Digest has awarded them 4 stars as a “Best Places to Play,” and when the course opened in 1988, the magazine awarded them their “Best New Honors” award. With all of the changes recently, there’s no reason this steady stream of awards won’t continue.

The course sits amid gently rolling hills and plays through willowy pine forests and around – and over – beautiful lakes, with elevation changes in the neighborhood of 75 feet. Narrow tree-lined fairways, tight doglegs and strategically placed bunkers demand accuracy off the tee, while well undulated, quick paced greens will test your putting prowess.

Speaking of the driving range and practice area, Beau Rivage’s facilities are second to none. Recently, the hitting area was laser leveled to provide golfers with a little more consistency to their practice session. Many locals come to Beau Rivage just to practice, hitting bucket after bucket of golf balls, working on their chipping and bunker play and getting a feel for their putting stroke on the massive practice green. Not being ready to play shouldn’t be an excuse as you make your way to the first tee!

The golf course at Beau Rivage is one of my favorites; it’s playable and challenging at the same time. Knowing where to hit your tee shot is essential on a few holes as you can’t see the green from the tee, but for the most part the course is pretty straight forward. Don’t get me wrong, it is by no means a pushover. It’s a good mixture of brains VS brawn; on some holes – especially a couple of the par 5s – length is important if you want to give yourself any chance of getting on in two. On other holes, you need to think your way through the hole and maybe leave driver in the bag, all the while thinking about a manageable distance for your approach shot.

Number 8 remains the layout’s toughest hole and not only because of the length. From the White Tees, the hole plays 421 yards, meaning no matter how good you hit your drive, you’re still going to have along shot into the green. What makes this hole so tough is the slope and undulation in the green. Holding the green from a long way out can be difficult and up and down from in close can be just as daunting a task. No matter how you make it, par is considered an achievement on this hole.

In addition to knocking down the trees, Florence did escalate a couple of needed changes including a new bridge across the water on Number 4 as well as changes to the ladies’ island tee box on the hole as well. Other improvements at Beau Rivage include a new fleet of Club Car Tempo golf carts. These carts are comfortable and equipped with just about every option available.

Beau Rivage has a thriving dining room and the menu is outstanding – many locals plan a few meals each week around Mrs. Walker’s weekly specials of Meatball Sandwiches and Tacos. According to Jake Walker, plans are in place to knock down a couple of walls and expand the restaurant. Beau Rivage has partnered with a local catering company and offer a lively social calendar with many themed events such as murder mystery dinner theater.

When it comes to accommodations, the rooms at Beau Rivage leave little to be desired. All rooms have recently been newly furnished and re-carpeted. Each guest room is a suite and has over 700 square feet of space regardless of whether you choose a double/double or king bed. A separate bedroom allows for a sound sleep and peaceful night’s sleep, however if you have problems dozing off, the digital and high-speed Wi-Fi connection will let you catch up on some work or stream your favorite shows. The sofa in the separate living room opens up into a bed, meaning you can get two couples – or six guys depending upon how friendly you are – in one room.

The living room area features a wet bar and mini-fridge for your snacks and libations. Best of all, each suite features a private patio or balcony (depending on the floor level) with picturesque views of the course and grounds. Pull your cart up to the back door and you are literally seconds away from the driving range and the first tee.

Beau Rivage is well respected within the community as the premier golf venue. They have a thriving Men’s Golf League on Tuesday Night and participation is incredible. This past spring they had over 30 teams, with about 20 following through and playing in the fall. Anyone can join and you’ll find golfers of all skills and abilities.

Perhaps the greatest thing about Beau Rivage is the way it’s run. The resort is family owned and those that work there that aren’t family are treated as if they are. Everyone seems to have a say in what’s going on and General Manager Jake Walker is certainly the “face of the franchise.” If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, just as Jake. He’s easy to get to and easy to talk to once you do. Odds are that if you offer up a valuable suggestion, you may just see it come to fruition.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 029426
Golf Course ranker Photo, David Theoret
Lakeland, FL

$46 (cart included), played on Tuesday, November 2016 at 10:26 AM

The Beau Rivage Golf & Resort is like no other golf course - or resort for that matter- in the Carolinas. Sure, you can find plenty of courses in the state with fairways framed by towering Carolina pine trees. And there are several resorts that feature lush, Bermuda fairways leading to TifEagle greens. Or maybe it's that the course drains better than any other course in the area. It has never been closed due to rain, in fact, their motto is "never cart path only."

I think it's the way the resort is run.

Resort

Beau Rivage is a family-owned resort and is managed by Jake Walker, the youngest of the four Walker children. All but one of the kids is involved in the day-to-day operations of Beau Rivage as are mom Ellen and father Charlie. Ellen heads up the Food and Beverage department at the resort and Charlie does a little bit of everything - as long as it involves a backhoe or his new Toro sprayer! More about Ellen in a moment.

Jake seems to be the face of Beau Rivage while brother Adam does a lot of work in the background. Jake's a real people person, willing to talk to anyone about his resort; you can see the pride in his eyes. His sister Audra is moving back to the area to re-open the resort's banquet kitchen and work with the resort's Director of Sales, Chelsea Malkmus, to bring in meetings and special events. The resort's classically unique 6,000 feet of meeting space can handle groups of 450 for receptions or 290 for banquets.

The first thing you'll notice as you drive up Rivage Promenade in Wilmington, NC, is the charming Old Southern Plantation, the centerpiece of the Beau Rivage Golf & Resort. Apart from the playing of the game everything happens in this building: check in, checkout, dining, drinking, the pro shop and the rooms.

All 32 rooms are suites and are connected to the main building. The rooms to the left of the main building are all king beds with pullout sleeper sofas in the living room area. The rooms to the right have two double beds. The bottom line is a foursome of guys can fit comfortably in one suite and not be cramped. Two couples is even easier; just flip a coin to see who gets the bedroom!

Getting from your resort suite to the course is easy. Just back your golf cart up to the walk-out patio's French doors,, load up your clubs and you're at the tee in less than a minute and to the practice facility even quicker. This is the only golf resort in the coastal Carolinas where you can play an award-winning golf course and stay directly on-site.

Dining

The Veranda Bar & Grill serves breakfast and lunch/dinner and neither one should be missed. It's worth getting to an early tee time extra early, just for the breakfast. Whether it's one of Becky's sunrise breakfast sandwiches or her signature French toast, made with a touch of vanilla, you won't head to the first tee hungry. After your round, no matter if it ends at noon or supper time, the Veranda's menu has a lot to offer. Their wings are outstanding with just the right amount of heat. My wife called their grilled cheese the King of Grilled Cheese. Their burgers are out of this world. From time to time, Ellen will be called upon to cook one of her specialties, so if you see tacos or a meatball sandwich on the menu, I'd advise you to order either or both. According to Walker, plans are to add a more traditional dinner menu (steaks, chicken, seafood) as the upstairs project evolves, since there is a full kitchen that is not being used.

Pro Shop/Practice Facility To get loosened up and ready for your round, there%u2019s a full length driving range with multiple targets, so you can work on every club in your bag. There's also a short game area that includes a chipping green and bunker, and a massive putting green that rolls the same as the greens you will encounter during your round. Get there early and you'll have no reason not to knock your drive down the middle on the first tee. Hook into the trees and it's time to visit Head PGA Golf Professional Greg Pitts.

This is Greg's second go around at Beau Rivage and a lot of that can be attributed to the new owners. Greg can help members and visitors with everything from fixing a nasty duck hook to becoming a better putter. He can also custom fit you for a new set of clubs. If you've never had a set of custom fit clubs, you'll notice a world of difference. Full club repair is also available through the pro shop.

Membership Beau Rivage offers a variety of memberships to suit everyone%u2019s need and budget. You can join as a single, couple or family. You can use their cart or your own personal vehicle. And membership has all kinds of perks, just check out the membership page on the website: http://beaurivagegolf.com/images/downloads/2016-Membership-Information.pdf

Golf Course

Beau Rivage opened in 1988 and was designed by Joe Gessner. You're not going to be awed by its length; from the back tees, it plays a mere 6,546 yards with a course rating of 72.4 and a slope of 138. Move up to the White Tees and the yardage drops down to 6,028 yards, but still challenging (70.1/133). There is a total of five sets of tees so golfers of all abilities can enjoy themselves.

No other course in the area drains as well as Beau Rivage and the course has never been closed because of rain; in fact, their motto is "Never Cart Path Only."

Every hole at Beau Rivage have been named; many of them for conditions that come into play on that particular hole. Others have sentimental value. Audra Creek (#16) is named for the manmade creek Charlie built and is named after his only daughter Audra. Number 18, Aultor Bend, pays homage to one of Jake's mentors in the golf business, Wallace (Aultor) Chavis; the man who "taught him the ropes." Mr. Chavis was the GM and Head Superintendent under the previous ownership group and gave Jake has start in the golf business.

Memorable Holes

Most Memorable Hole: Number 4, "Winds Leap," 176 yards (White Tees). A challenging hole for the guys and truly memorable for the ladies. From the back three set of tees (that includes you, seniors), this hole is all carry over a deep, manmade lake. There is no bailout room to speak of; a mound to the left of the green will either propel tee shots into the abyss if you catch the back side. Hit the front of the mound and chances are it rolls back into the water. Missing it to the right is no bargain either as the sand trap makes for a tough up and down. The green can give you fits as well with a lot of subtle little breaks someone new to the course is not likely to see. I was warned about them and still couldn't avoid a 3-putt!

To get across the manmade lake, you need to cross a manmade bridge. As you cross over, you'll find the ladies and junior's tees. Beau Rivage has created a floating tee box, something that is truly unique. The hole plays 83 yards from here and brings the sand trap into play. It's real grass and is hand mowed daily. This hole is a treat for everyone!

Favorite Par 3: Number 5, "Gator Alley," 140 yards (White Tees). Why not follow up the most memorable hole with another top-notch par 3. It's a much shorter carry over water to a green fronted by bunkers. A far-left pin placement can be extra tricky as the green drops off quickly. Should you go in the water, be careful looking for your ball. This hole lives up to its name.

Favorite Par 4: Number 3, "Lone Pine," 272 yards (White Tees). Because of its slight dogleg, this hole plays a little shorter than the advertised yardage; consequently, it tends to scream "Go for it Roy." Not so fast cowboy. There is water lurking all the way down the left, so unless you can hit a controlled draw, a layup may be a better option. My advice is to aim over the boulder off the tee with a mid to long iron. Leave yourself a manageable pitch to the green but don't pull it left or you'll most likely find the water. Hit your ball too far through the fairway and you will experience the wrath of The Lone Pine!

Favorite Par 5: Number 13: "South Stretch," 457 yards (White Tees). This hole starts with a blind tee shot. A good line is down the strand of bushes that separates the course from the apartment complex on the right. With a good drive the green is definitely reachable. Should you find yourself needing to layup, the left side of the fairway will give you the best angle to the green and take the greenside bunkers on the right out of play. A short pitch shot to this relatively flat green can yield a great score.

Last Word: Beau Rivage sits on a unique piece of land; it%u2019s rare that you will find property this close to the Atlantic Ocean with 75 feet of elevation changes along the Carolina coast. The first hole plays over a valley and if you can make it to the top of the hill on the other side, you'll have an easy pitch to the green.

As you make your way around the course, rolling hill and undulating valleys pave the way, leading to mostly elevated TifEagle greens with subtle breaks, manicured to PGA tournament level. Forests of long-needle pines border many of the fairways and can wreak havoc with errant shots. Trying to recover from the thick pine straw can prove to be quite challenging.

This place has it all: narrow fairways framed by majestic Carolina pines to test your accuracy off the tee, uphill and downhill shots to greens, plenty of sand and water, a few blind shots and some of the best greens in the area. The ups and downs of the terrain can provide some interesting lies, which can make your up and down attempts a little tricky.

If you're not a golfer, Beau Rivage is still a fun, affordable place to stay. The rooms are considerably larger than your average hotel room, the food is great and there is live entertainment on most weekends. The resort is located 5 miles from downtown Wilmington and the island beaches. Wilmington's historic river district has over 50 locally owned restaurants and pubs. Wilmington has a lot to offer non-golfers as well.

Beau Rivage offers golfers and non-golfers some great packages. There's no longer a need for golfers from the northeast to flock to South Carolina for their winter and spring golf vacations. Beau Rivage Golf and Resort in Wilmington can save you considerable drive time each way, so much that you may be able to get in an extra round! To see their latest packages, visit their website at www.beaurivagegolf.com.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area
 
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Rank ID # : 028615
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Wilmington, NC

$41 (cart included), played on Saturday, August 2014 at 8am

I play here a lot. The greens are always in good shape, but can be very fast/difficult from fall to spring. Fairways are always in great shape. Several of the tee boxes are lumpy and/or uneven especially on par-3s

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 022471
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Castle Hayne, NC

$36 (cart included), played on Saturday, March 2014 at 2pm

A little too aggravating about keeping to the 4 hour 15 minute round of golf and track you on computer. The difficulty of the course makes it hard not to fall a little out of pace but you can make up time. The summertime pricing is in my opinion approximately ten dollars too high for the local rate.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 021662
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Wilmington, NC

$26 (cart included), played on Monday, March 2014 at 10am

Greens needed to be overseeded, way too fast and curvy

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 021659
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Appleton, WI

$46 (cart included), played on Wednesday, April 2010 at 8am

front nine time was slow, but back nine much faster. no beverage cart on course

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 009943
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Carolina Beach, NC

Guest (cart included), played on Friday, October 2008 at noon

The carts had individual ball and club washers plus canopy for golf bags if it rained. They were first rate!

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 005115
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Wilmington, NC

Member (cart not included), played on Tuesday, October 2008 at 8am

Forward tees could be longer

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 005021
4.3/5
Based on 8 reviews
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