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Ocean Ridge Premier Golf Courses—The Big Cats

 In the past we have mentioned a few details about “The Big Cats” at Ocean Ridge Plantation located in Sunset Beach, NC.  We would like to take each of those course and get into some of the finer details of the courses so you will the edge to pick out your favorite to play on your next visit to Brunswick County.  These courses offers 5 courses with 72-holes of Championship golf. 

Tiger’s Eye This 4 ½ Star rated course by Golf Digest is very “Pinehurst” like.  Penn G2 bent grass and coquina rock boulders.   This course sponsors 3 tees, the Championship tees measures 7,010  yards, 6,628 yards from the blue tees,  6,115 from the white tees, 5,328 from the gold tees and 4,460 yards from the red tees and the course is a par 72.  The course is built to all USGA specifications.  The Grand Clubhouse hosts a great grill and club bar. Homes and sites are tucked in the forest adjacent to these Bermuda Fairways at Ocean Ridge Plantation. And if you are afraid of hitting homes, you will love Tiger’s Eye as there are virtually no homes along the course!

Leopard’s Chase This course covers over 200 acres, and features 5 sets of tees that will challenge you on this 7,155 yards of play on the mature Bermuda grass.   Water features highlight the course including the 5th hole that offers you and island green, surrounded by 90 yard stretch of sand along the water feature.  The 18th hole offers an elevated green that has an amazing waterfalls over the coquina boulders.  A “Must Play” by Golf Digest magazine.  However, this course is not for beginners as it is a shot makers course, so be sure to bring a few extra sleeves of golf balls!

Panther’s Run Regional award-winning designer, Tim Cate created this master piece.  The course offers a challenge with the numerous water features.  Golfers at all levels will enjoy this course and its benefits, such as having 2 sets of woman’s tees.  Panther’s Run measures 7,086 yards and is a par 72 course.  This wonderfully designed course offers homes and homesites for you to choose to make Ocean Ridge Plantation your final destination in the Carolina’s.  Panther’s Run is probably the most day to day playable course for golfers of all levels.

Lion’s Paw Another masterpiece aware-winning course that was designed with the influences of Tim Cate.  Lion’s Paw  offers one of the grandest Clubhouses and pro shops of all clubs at the “Big Cats, which is shared by the Panther’s Run course.” Water is to be factored in on 15 of the holes on this 7,003 yard course.  Wooded cart paths stretch into the maritime forest and are speckled with lovely 4-sided architecturally influenced homes.  And while this is the original course of the Big Cats, this tract can provide plenty of challenges as the trees are maturing and making some of the holes rather tight.

Jaguar’s Lair hopes to someday be the newest planned course by Tim Cate.  This will be an 18-hole course with a grand clubhouse that will take all the awards when completed.  There will be a mix of all the “Big Cats” influences on the design and play.  Less wooded, Cate has grand ideas to incorporate local landscaping with many water features.  Currently this course has stopped all work on it and the future of it is cloudy at best.

Carolina Plantations is the area’s top experts with real estate on the “Big Cats.”  We invite you to preview our listings of land and homes at Ocean Ridge Planation by Clicking Here.

Outdoor Gardening at Ocean Ridge Plantation

Nestled just off Highway 17 south in Sunset Beach, NC, you will find one of the most prestigious master planned communities in Brunswick County, NC.  Hosting 72 holes of championship golf courses with the completion of the 5th course soon, you will definitely build an appetite from all this golf activity.


Some of your fellow golf fanatic residents may also be members of the Gardening and harvest club at Ocean Ridge Plantation.  This community host over 300 acres of natural preservations and a portion of this has been designated as the Community Gardens of Ocean Ridge PlantationOn the site, a restored farmhouse is used as the epicenter to the gardens.  The planting areas around the farm house are tilled and irrigated to help the plants flourish during the heat of the summer.

The gardens at Ocean Ridge Plantation allow the owners to develop their own gardens with herbs, vegetables and flowers.   Owners have planted other herbs and flowers including,

  • Local white potatoes
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Green and Red Peppers
  • Hot peppers
  • Various flowers and fruit baring trees

The growing season in the area really is 3 seasons long.  You will be able to plant winter vegetables as well so when your golf game is complete, you can zip over to the gardens to get your spinach for your soup or salads.

To preview this unique amenity at Ocean Ridge Plantation, contact us at Carolina Plantations at (910) 755-7557.  There are several neighborhoods with existing, ready to move in homes available in walking distance to this preservation. 

Selecting a Homesite

If you are looking at a Master Planned Community, like St. James Plantation, Ocean Ridge Plantation, River’s Edge Plantation, Brunswick Forest or any other wonderful community in the Carolina’s, you will have the opportunity to select a homesite (lot) to purchase.  Never thought of this?? It is a great way to get into your retirement community earlier and capitalize on selection and pricing.

Purchasing a homesite has so many advantages if you have not considered this alternative for your future retirement home.  Many baby-boomers have considered this, instead of looking at an existing home.  What are the advantages in purchasing a homesite?

  1. Buy now, build later, this gives you the time to explore floor plans and talk to designers, like Planview Design. Speaking to a designer allows you to incorporate your families entire wish list into your retirement home.
  2. Allow you to pay down the expense of the retirement home.  Many use home equity lines at low interest rates to purchase a homesite, and capitalize on the tax deductions.  (Consult with a tax professional for additional details).
  3. Select the exact landscape and front yard/backyard setting, i.e. wooded, waterfront or golf front lots.
  4. Proper orientation to sun, i.e. for the gardener, south facing exposure, east facing in the morning for the morning light and warmth, many choose to put the kitchen on the eastside to capitalize on the morning light and warmth.
  5. Privacy, or special wants, like direct access to walking paths, trails, etc.
  6. Worrying about having to sell your existing home first, then not having a home, or forcing you to purchase an existing home that may not be the exact “dream home” that you have work for all these years.
  7. Gets you into the game!

There are so many reasons why purchasing a homesite in a planned community maybe a better decision for your family.  The best way to do this is to explore the communities’ websites and get familiar with the general architecture designs of the homes with that particular area of the community.  Understand what they are looking for, but do not get caught up on the micro’s of home design and building.  Once you have an idea, go and spend your time walking each lot that best fits your wish list of wants for the type of lifestyle you want to have in your retirement living.  Strongly consider purchasing a homesite to move you into that goal of living that Carolina lifestyle.

National Home Prices on the Rise, positive effects on Brunswick County

Finally the average national home prices are on the rise after nearly six years.  In 2006-2007 housing prices began to stall and eventually plummeted.  Families in the northeastern region of the United States froze their plans to migrate south to Brunswick County due to this case and affect in real estate nationally.  This situation created a minor stall here in Brunswick County as well.  Sales momentum of homes in the areas’ finest planned communities also decreased as in the northern part of the US. 

In 2006-07, Brunswick County was one of the fastest growing counties in the Carolina’s.  This increase of population and popularity in Brunswick County brought many new resources.  In the southern region of Brunswick County, The Brunswick Novant Medical Center was put into place, just off of Highway 17.  In the northern region of the county, New Hanover Medical Center added out-patient services at the medical facilities at Brunswick Forest, including dental and veterinary medical services as well. 

With this type of services and infrastructure just minutes from several great planned communities including, Ocean Ridge Plantation, Waterford of the Carolina’s, St. James Plantation and Brunswick Forest, it makes life a lot easier for those who want preferred health care services for themselves and their pets too!

As this market continues to increase, it will allow for those looking to retire the finally put the snow shovels down and come to the Carolina’s to make that decision on purchasing their retirement home in Brunswick County.

Historically low interest rates’ is the other major factor that is helping fuel the purchasing process for real estate in Brunswick County.

These factors are creating that essence of the “NOW IS THE TIME”, factor.  Increase in home pricing which is beginning to drive the northern market will give that confidence and assurance that you should come down to the Carolina’s sooner than later to get involved in one of these beautiful, Master Planned communities in Brunswick County.


Can you keep up with the Cats? Located in southeastern NC, you will find some of the most talked about cats on the coast…, not feral cats, but the 4 cats that dominant the golfers’ paradise in the Grand Strand area. 

The “Big Cats, golf courses,   Tiger's EyePanther's Run, Lion's Paw, and Leopard’s Chase,  are all behind the gates of Ocean Ridge Plantation,  located just miles from Sunset Beach, NC. Several of these courses are award-winning and “must plays” in the Grand Strand area.

Just 20 minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach, SC, and 30 from historic Wilmington, NC, Ocean Ridge Plantation offers access to 72 holes of premier golf, just seconds away from your home.

Ocean Ridge Plantation hosts custom and semi-custom homes that give you quick access to these courses.  Homes and cottages ranging from 1,200 square feet to 5,000 square feet are nestled along these course, and just minutes away from the private beach club that is exclusive to Ocean Ridge Plantation.

When exploring Coastal NC for your future retirement home, we invite you to bring your clubs, bring your beach towels because the total lifestyle of the Carolina’s are harbored at Ocean Ridge Plantation. 

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Ocean Ridge Plantation is a premiere golf community that sits on the beautiful coast of North Carolina.  It's an elegant community that offers privacy, friendly community, beautiful beaches within minutes, and a country club lifestyle that's second to none.  If you enjoy playing championship golf, endless activities, and first class accommodations and amenities, then Ocean Ridge Plantation is perfect for you!

Ocean Ridge Plantation is comprised of four magnificent golf courses and a soon to be fifth.  They include Lions Paw, Panthers Run, Tigers Eye, Leopards Chase and the fifth is Jaguars Lair.  After a day on the links, you can relax at your very own private world class beach club at Sunset Beach, a top family beach in the country.  You can also enjoy some of the community's amenities which includes pool, hot tub, fitness center, trails, tennis, and more!

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Ocean Ridge Plantation is located in North Carolina at beautiful Sunset Beach.  This elegant and luxurious community offers privacy, country club lifestyle, friendly neighbors, spectacular homes, pearly white beaches, and much more!  It was named Top 100 Communities in America by Living Southern Style Magazine and Where to Retire Magazine. If your looking for one of the most exclusive and luxurious golf and beach community that Sunset Beach real estate offers, then Ocean Ridge Plantation could be your paradise.