Players Club at St. James PlantationPlayers Club at St. James Plantation

Players Club at St. James Plantation
3640 Players Club Dr SE 272
Southport, North Carolina 28461
Brunswick County

Phone(s): (800) 281-6626, (910) 457-0049
Fax: (910) 457-0460

The Players course at St. James Plantation was designed by Carolinian Tim Cates, who is known for assembling layouts with left-handers and back-teers in mind; hence, the name, the Players. In fact, The Players' slope rating of 150 is just one digit lower than The Founders, the St. James course that routinely mesmerizes and frustrates with its complicated and unnerving green complexes.

The Players' puts unsightly numbers on your scorecard for different reasons. It is demanding off the tee, for one thing, with narrow fairways and several long carries. It is the third and newest course at the plantation, which lays out along the Intracoastal Waterway about five miles outside of Southport, not far from Wilmington.

The course is not overly long, at 6,947 yards from the back, gold tees. Nor does Cates throw smoke and mirrors at you when you hit it close, like P.B. Dye does at The Founders. There is some debate on which course is the harder of the two, The Founders or Players. To some, they're equally as tough; it's just a matter if you want to struggle off the tee or around the green.

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Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Tim Cate
  • 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

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $70 - $80
  • Weekends: $70 - $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 6947 140 74
Teal (W) 70 4902 111 67.1
Black 72 6402 134 71.4
White 72 6000 126 68.8
Teal Short (W) 70 4463 108 65.9
Green 72 5414 113 66.5
Black/White Combo 72 6167 130 69.8
White/Green Combo 72 5562 118 67.2
White (W) 70 6000 137 74.4
Green (W) 70 5414 129 71.2
Teal Long (W) 70 4902 116 68.7

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