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Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
649 Rivage Promenade
Wilmington, NC 28412
New Hanover County

Phone(s): (800) 628-7080, (910) 392-9021
Fax: (910) 392-6166

Beau Rivage Golf & Resort, an 18-hole championship course built in 1988, features TifEagle greens, naturally contoured Bermuda fairways and tees and elevations of 70 feet (including the highest point in Wilmington). The par-3 holes are some of the strongest in the area, and water comes into play on nine holes. The par-5 18th, with its double dogleg, is one of the most interesting three-shotters in the area.

Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
4.5 stars out of 5 (based on 8 reviews)
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Looking back from the 4th green at Beau Rivage Golf & ResortSunset view of the 12th hole at Beau Rivage Golf & ResortBeau Rivage Golf & Resort: View of the putting greenBeau Rivage Golf & Resort: View of the clubhouseView from the 9th hole at Beau Rivage Golf & ResortView from the 2nd hole at Beau Rivage Golf & Resort

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Joe Gessner
  • Public/Private: Resort
  • Year opened: 1988
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bermuda Grass
  • Greens: Tifeagle Grass


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

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $20 - $56
  • Weekends: $20 - $60

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: No denim, collared shirts.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Gold 72 5701 123 67.7
Blue 72 6709 138 72.4
White 72 6166 133 70.1
Gold (W) 72 5701 138 73.2
Green 72 5087 115 64.7
Green (W) 72 5087 128 69.7
Red 72 4662 109 63.5
Red (W) 72 4662 115 68.2

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
    5 stars out of 5
    by David Theoret
    on February 18th, 2019 09:13
    Beau Rivage – Surviving Florence and Going Strong.
    Despite everything you’ve heard about the Wilmington area and the devastating effects Hurricane Florence had on the area in September 2018, Beau Rivage Golf & Resort continues to thrive in the South Wilmington area.

    Sure Florence had a huge impact on much of the area, but South Wilmington continues to grow at a rapid pace. The community of Beau Rivage and the surrounding area looks nothing like it did two years ago; homes and condominiums now grace the entire street leading up to the Beau Rivage Clubhouse, with lots of new construction going on as well. Beau Rivage has not only grown out, it has grown up as well!

    The motto of the golf course at Beau Rivage Golf & Resort is “Never Cart Path Only,” and the course has never closed due to precipitation(drainage). Post hurricane activity was no exception; with all of the havoc wreaked upon the area, the damage to the golf course was minimal. According to General Manager Jake Walker, the course lost around 100 trees as a result of Hurricane Florence. Even without these trees the course remains as enjoyable and memorable as ever. There was minimal damage to the clubhouse and only a few of the 32 guest rooms were damaged.

    Beau Rivage Golf & Resort has been around for a while, in fact they just celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2018. From the back (Blue) tees, the golf course plays 6,527 yards, with a course rating of 72.9 and a slope of 138. Move up to the White Tees and the yardage drops considerably to 6,064 yards (70.5/135). From here, the holes are manageable and still allow you to leave with a little bit of dignity still intact.

    Over the years, Beau Rivage Golf & Resort has received its share of accolades including Best Golf Course in Wilmington by StarNews Best of the Shore Picks for Southeastern North Carolina. (2016, 2017, 2018) and by Encore Magazine (2018). Golf Digest has awarded them 4 stars as a “Best Places to Play,” and when the course opened in 1988, the magazine awarded them their “Best New Honors” award. With all of the changes recently, there’s no reason this steady stream of awards won’t continue.

    The course sits amid gently rolling hills and plays through willowy pine forests and around – and over – beautiful lakes, with elevation changes in the neighborhood of 75 feet. Narrow tree-lined fairways, tight doglegs and strategically placed bunkers demand accuracy off the tee, while well undulated, quick paced greens will test your putting prowess.

    Speaking of the driving range and practice area, Beau Rivage’s facilities are second to none. Recently, the hitting area was laser leveled to provide golfers with a little more consistency to their practice session. Many locals come to Beau Rivage just to practice, hitting bucket after bucket of golf balls, working on their chipping and bunker play and getting a feel for their putting stroke on the massive practice green. Not being ready to play shouldn’t be an excuse as you make your way to the first tee!

    The golf course at Beau Rivage is one of my favorites; it’s playable and challenging at the same time. Knowing where to hit your tee shot is essential on a few holes as you can’t see the green from the tee, but for the most part the course is pretty straight forward. Don’t get me wrong, it is by no means a pushover. It’s a good mixture of brains VS brawn; on some holes – especially a couple of the par 5s – length is important if you want to give yourself any chance of getting on in two. On other holes, you need to think your way through the hole and maybe leave driver in the bag, all the while thinking about a manageable distance for your approach shot.

    Number 8 remains the layout’s toughest hole and not only because of the length. From the White Tees, the hole plays 421 yards, meaning no matter how good you hit your drive, you’re still going to have along shot into the green. What makes this hole so tough is the slope and undulation in the green. Holding the green from a long way out can be difficult and up and down from in close can be just as daunting a task. No matter how you make it, par is considered an achievement on this hole.

    In addition to knocking down the trees, Florence did escalate a couple of needed changes including a new bridge across the water on Number 4 as well as changes to the ladies’ island tee box on the hole as well. Other improvements at Beau Rivage include a new fleet of Club Car Tempo golf carts. These carts are comfortable and equipped with just about every option available.

    Beau Rivage has a thriving dining room and the menu is outstanding – many locals plan a few meals each week around Mrs. Walker’s weekly specials of Meatball Sandwiches and Tacos. According to Jake Walker, plans are in place to knock down a couple of walls and expand the restaurant. Beau Rivage has partnered with a local catering company and offer a lively social calendar with many themed events such as murder mystery dinner theater.

    When it comes to accommodations, the rooms at Beau Rivage leave little to be desired. All rooms have recently been newly furnished and re-carpeted. Each guest room is a suite and has over 700 square feet of space regardless of whether you choose a double/double or king bed. A separate bedroom allows for a sound sleep and peaceful night’s sleep, however if you have problems dozing off, the digital and high-speed Wi-Fi connection will let you catch up on some work or stream your favorite shows. The sofa in the separate living room opens up into a bed, meaning you can get two couples – or six guys depending upon how friendly you are – in one room.

    The living room area features a wet bar and mini-fridge for your snacks and libations. Best of all, each suite features a private patio or balcony (depending on the floor level) with picturesque views of the course and grounds. Pull your cart up to the back door and you are literally seconds away from the driving range and the first tee.

    Beau Rivage is well respected within the community as the premier golf venue. They have a thriving Men’s Golf League on Tuesday Night and participation is incredible. This past spring they had over 30 teams, with about 20 following through and playing in the fall. Anyone can join and you’ll find golfers of all skills and abilities.

    Perhaps the greatest thing about Beau Rivage is the way it’s run. The resort is family owned and those that work there that aren’t family are treated as if they are. Everyone seems to have a say in what’s going on and General Manager Jake Walker is certainly the “face of the franchise.” If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, just as Jake. He’s easy to get to and easy to talk to once you do. Odds are that if you offer up a valuable suggestion, you may just see it come to fruition.
  • Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
    5 stars out of 5
    by thegolfinguy
    on November 28th, 2016 07:57
    The Beau Rivage Golf & Resort is like no other golf course – or resort for that matter – in the Carolinas. Sure, you can find plenty of courses in the state with fairways framed by towering Carolina pine trees. And there are several resorts that feature lush, Bermuda fairways leading to TifEagle greens. Or maybe it’s that the course drains better than any other course in the area. It has never been closed due to rain, in fact their motto is “never cart path only.”

    The first thing you’ll notice as you drive up Rivage Promenade in Wilmington, NC, is the charming Old Southern Plantation, the centerpiece of the Beau Rivage Golf & Resort. Apart from the playing of the game everything happens in this building: check in, checkout, dining, drinking, the pro shop and the rooms.

    The Veranda Bar & Grill serves breakfast and lunch/dinner and neither one should be missed. It’s worth getting to an early tee time extra early, just for the breakfast. Whether it’s one of Becky’s sunrise breakfast sandwiches or her signature French toast, made with a touch of vanilla, you won’t head to the first tee hungry. After your round, no matter if it ends at noon or supper time, the Veranda’s menu has a lot to offer. Their wings are outstanding with just the right amount of heat. My wife called their grilled cheese the King of Grilled Cheese. Their burgers are out of this world. From time to time, Ellen will be called upon to cook one of her specialties, so if you see tacos or a meatball sandwich on the menu, I’d advise you to order either or both. According to Walker, plans are to add a more traditional dinner menu (steaks, chicken, seafood) as the upstairs project evolves, since there is a full kitchen that is not being used.

    Beau Rivage opened in 1988 and was designed by Joe Gessner. You’re not going to be awed by its length; from the back tees, it plays a mere 6,546 yards with a course rating of 72.4 and a slope of 138. Move up to the White Tees and the yardage drops down to 6,028 yards, but still challenging (70.1/133). There is a total of five sets of tees so golfers of all abilities can enjoy themselves.

    No other course in the area drains as well as Beau Rivage and the course has never been closed because of rain; in fact, their motto is “Never Cart Path Only.”

    Memorable Holes
    Most Memorable Hole: Number 4, “Winds Leap,” 176 yards (White Tees). A challenging hole for the guys and truly memorable for the ladies. From the back three set of tees (that includes you, seniors), this hole is all carry over a deep, man made lake. There is no bailout room to speak of; a mound to the left of the green will either propel tee shots into the abyss if you catch the back side. Hit the front of the mound and chances are it rolls back into the water. Missing it to the right is no bargain either as the sand trap makes for a tough up and down. The green can give you fits as well with a lot of subtle little breaks someone new to the course is not likely to see. I was warned about them and still couldn’t avoid a 3-putt!
    To get across the manmade lake, you need to cross a manmade bridge. As you cross over, you’ll find the ladies and junior’s tees. Beau Rivage has created a floating tee box, something that is truly unique. The hole plays 83 yards from here and brings the sand trap into play. It’s real grass and is hand mowed daily. This hole is a treat for everyone!

    Favorite Par 3: Number 5, “Gator Alley,” 140 yards (White Tees). Why not follow up the most memorable hole with another top-notch par 3. It’s a much shorter carry over water to a green fronted by bunkers. A far-left pin placement can be extra tricky as the green drops off quickly. Should you go in the water, be careful looking for your ball. This hole lives up to its name.

    Favorite Par 4: Number 3, “Lone Pine,” 272 yards (White Tees). Because of its slight dogleg, this hole plays a little shorter than the advertised yardage; consequently, it tends to scream “Go for it Roy.” Not so fast cowboy. There is water lurking all the way down the left, so unless you can hit a controlled draw, a layup may be a better option. My advice is to aim over the boulder off the tee with a mid to long iron. Leave yourself a manageable pitch to the green but don’t pull it left or you’ll most likely find the water. Hit your ball too far through the fairway and you will experience the wrath of The Lone Pine!

    Favorite Par 5: Number 13: “South Stretch,” 457 yards (White Tees). This hole starts with a blind tee shot. A good line is down the strand of bushes that separates the course from the apartment complex on the right. With a good drive the green is definitely reachable. Should you find yourself needing to layup, the left side of the fairway will give you the best angle to the green and take the greenside bunkers on the right out of play. A short pitch shot to this relatively flat green can yield a great score.

    Last Word: Beau Rivage sits on a unique piece of land; it’s rare that you will find property this close to the Atlantic Ocean with 75 feet of elevation changes along the Carolina coast. The first hole plays over a valley and if you can make it to the top of the hill on the other side, you’ll have an easy pitch to the green.

    As you make your way around the course, rolling hills and undulating valleys pave the way, leading to mostly elevated TifEagle greens with subtle breaks, manicured to PGA tournament level. Forests of long-needle pines border many of the fairways and can wreak havoc with errant shots. Trying to recover from the thick pine straw can prove to be quite challenging.

    This place has it all: narrow fairways framed by majestic Carolina pines to test your accuracy off the tee, uphill and downhill shots to greens, plenty of sand and water, a few blind shots and some of the best greens in the area. The ups and downs of the terrain can provide some interesting lies, which can make your up and down attempts a little tricky.

    If you’re not a golfer, Beau Rivage is still a fun, affordable place to stay. The rooms are considerably larger than your average hotel room, the food is great and there is live entertainment on most weekends. The resort is located 5 miles from downtown Wilmington and the island beaches. Wilmington’s historic river district has over 50 locally owned restaurants and pubs. Wilmington has a lot to offer non-golfers as well.

    Beau Rivage offers golfers and non-golfers some great packages. There’s no longer a need for golfers from the northeast to flock to South Carolina for their winter and spring golf vacations. Beau Rivage Golf and Resort in Wilmington can save you considerable drive time each way, so much that you may be able to get in an extra round! To see their latest packages, visit their website at
  • Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Patty Toohey
    on May 04th, 2015 10:43
    I love this course because it's never cart path only. The pro shop staff is big on catering to whatever your needs may be to make certain you have a great afternoon on the course. The GM Jake Walker really does a good job running the business. I highly recommend this course to women golfers as the staff has always gone out of their way to accommodate us!
  • Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Paulette Bond
    on May 04th, 2015 10:03
    The manager and staff are most friendly
    I love the course (the sand and trees
    give me a challenge)
    It is a beautiful course to play.
    Paulete Bond
  • Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
    5 stars out of 5
    by Bret
    on September 25th, 2014 07:22
    Here during a rainy week, but this course drains well. there fairways were lush and remarkably dry and the greens although they appeared to be recently plugged were true and much faster than expected with all the rain we have had. Tight fairways, very enjoyable course.
  • Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Bob
    on August 22nd, 2012 15:23
    This is a must play course in the Wilmington NC area. As was stated before, there were elevation changes, blind shots, sidehill lies, etc., things you don't expect to find on a southern coastal course. There is a variety of par 4's which made you think about club selection. Not always using a driver off the tee. Long, challenging par 3's. But the course was fair and rewarded good shots.

    The Bermuda greens were very fast and challenging. Slight undulations added to the challenge. Speed of downhill putts was difficult to judge. The overall condition of the course (tee boxes, fairways, and greens) was excellent.

    The staff in the pro shop as well as the starter are top notch. Everyone was very friendly, and made me feel welcome. The starter even came out on the course to find out how I was doing, if I needed anything, and my opinion of the course. I couldn't ask for more.

    The greens fees are VERY reasonable for a course of this quality, and they offer senior discounts as well as specials during the week. You will not have to break the bank to play this course.

    Another plus that I did not expect was that all the carts have a GPS, and there is no additional charge.

    The only negative I can think of is that on several holes, the homes were very close to the playing area. If you were slightly offline on your shot, you could be out of bounds.

    Overall, an excellent course. It is well worth playing, and I will be back the next time I am in the Wilmington, NC area.
  • Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
    5 stars out of 5
    by Jake
    on March 27th, 2012 17:00
    My experience at Beau Rivage was fantastic. The course was unlike anything I'd seen on the coast (elevation changes, blind shots, etc.) and the conditioning was immaculate. While staying on a golf package (the massive suites are literally steps from the practice facilities and amenities) our group was really taken care of by the family operating the facility. Our golf group has been all over on trips (Pinehurst, Myrtle Beach, etc.) so it was a nice change of pace getting away from the crowds. With the personal attention and secluded location of the place, It was like we booked our own resort for the weekend... I should also add that Beau Rivage had the best looking girls behind the bar and on the beverage cart. Everyone was extremely helpful and made us feel at home.
  • Beau Rivage Golf & Resort
    2 stars out of 5
    by Douglas
    on June 28th, 2011 08:52
    I am from CT. The starter welcomed us the an ignorant racist comment about how there were too many "blacks" in Hartford....really, yes, really.
    The course itself was great. Challanging but fair. Great layout. I let the pro know about his super intelligent starter and the fact my best friend just bought a house in Wilmington....
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