Originally designed by famed golf course architect George Cobb and recently renovated by architect Tim Cate, the Bald Head Island Club golf course winds its way over dunes, around lagoons, along the ocean, and through a maritime forest. Links magazine recently rated the course the second-best renovation in the country, just behind the legendary Pinehurst No. 2. Many of the holes are so undisturbed, they are bordered by the lively natural habitats of herons, egrets, foxes and alligators. The Bald Head Island Club Course has a slope rating of 143 and course rating of 73.7. While serious golfers will enjoy the challenge the course offers, weekend warriors find it very playable from the forward tees. The Clubs relaxed atmosphere and helpful lessons offered by the pro staff make it enjoyable for families to introduce their children to the game.