Members Club at St. James PlantationIrwin Course at The Members Club at St. James Plantation

Irwin Course at The Members Club at St. James Plantation
3779 Members Club Blvd #160
Southport, North Carolina 28461
Brunswick County

Phone(s): (800) 474-9277, (910) 253-9500

If you're considering multiple golf courses for a gated retirement community where the average golfer is cashing social security checks, you want to make sure at least one course is easy on the eyes, legs and scorecard. At the St. James Plantation, it's The Members Club. The marketers like to say Hale Irwin designed the original 18 holes with "fun" in mind.

In golf, "fun" usually means "easy." Not to knock it. After playing The Founders and The Players at St. James, The Members is a welcome reprieve.

"All in all, it's a lot more user-friendly than the other two," said John Falls, a resident of St. James. No argument there. The greens are softer, slower and easier to read. The fairways are open and inviting. The Members added a Tim Cates-designed nine holes in the spring of 2001, but the architecture is nothing like what he did at The Founders. Whereas The Founders confounds and infuriates around the greens, the Cates design at The Members is open and fairly straightforward. The Cates course is also short, and much more women-friendly that the plantation's other two courses. Still, Cates gives enough obstacles and options to keep you from getting too bored. There is water on every hole except No. 5 and No. 8, for example.

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Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Hale Irwin
  • Public/Private: Semi-Private
  • Year opened: 1996
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $80
  • Weekends: $80

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Gold 72 6887 135 73.7
Black 72 6463 130 71.3
White 72 5954 125 69
Teal (W) 72 5106 123 70
Green 72 5341 115 66.3
White (W) 72 5954 135 75.2
Green (W) 72 5341 126 71.8
Black/White Combo 72 6214 128 70.5
White/Green Combo 72 5604 118 67.6
Teal/Red Combo (W) 72 4608 117 67.2
Red (W) 72 4260 108 64.6

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