Eagle Point Golf Club was created to promote the enjoyment of the game of golf and provide a friendly, family environment for members. Its visionary was Billy Armfield, a long time North Carolina business leader.
On May 13, 2000, Eagle Point Golf Club was officially opened to founders, members, and their guests. The club currently includes a Tom Fazio Championship golf course and a rare 9-hole Fazio Short Course. There is also a comfortable clubhouse, a state of the art fitness facility with 6 guest rooms above it, a multi-purpose practice area, and two guest cottages with accommodations for eight people.
In 2001 Golf Digest selected Eagle Point as the 7th best new golf course in the United States for the private club category and in 2007 named it as the 5th best golf course in North Carolina. Since 2009 Eagle Point has been ranked in the top 100 greatest courses in America.
The par 72-layout, located less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean, features numerous hazards and tough approaches that test both shot strategy and accuracy. The course and the 229-acre site on which it sits combine the feel of the North Carolina Sandhills with the beauty of the South Carolina Low Country.
Said Fazio: “We took the land that was high and made it even higher. We created contours in the ground where balls would feed and bounce toward play and toward the fronts of the green. This is truly a golfer’s golf club.”
There are numerous long-range views of the landscape. One of the most spectacular is from the 10th tee looking out to beautiful Live Oak trees, the salt marsh behind the green, the mouth of Little Creek and a finger of the Intracoastal Waterway in the distance. The 11th hole is framed by an iconic 130-plus-year-old American Elm tree that towers over the right fairway bunker. From this vantage point, patrons can watch action on the 11th green and tee shots on the 12th hole.
Wildlife is plentiful at Eagle Point. It’s not unusual in a single round of golf to see Osprey, Bald Eagles, and deer enjoying the property.
There are no starting times and walking during a round of golf is encouraged. The club has also created a caddie program to provide an opportunity for young people to get involved with the game of golf.
The membership of Eagle Point is national in scope with a majority of members living more than 50 miles away in cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Richmond, and the New York City area.
This broad range of membership is somewhat evident in the architectural design of the clubhouse and cottages. Johnston Architecture AIA of Wilmington NC was challenged to create the feel comparable to that of some of the Atlantic Coast’s legendary golf clubs. The firm’s intent and the club’s goal were to create something transcendent, reaching back in time to some of the great historical structures on the North Carolina coast, while looking forward and expressing the design with a contemporary edge.
Prior to hosting the PGA TOUR’s 2017 Wells Fargo Championship, Eagle Point Golf Club has been the site for the annual Eagle Point Amateur Invitational, a highly respected event for amateurs from the region. In 2011 the club hosted the prestigious Wyndham Cup, an American Junior Golf Association competition for the nation’s top 40 junior golfers in an East versus West team format.