New Bern's Golf Hotel
Emerald Golf course
The Zeigler is conveniently located close to
many of the areas top golf courses. The picture above shows Zeigler owner Steve
Tyson teeing off at the first hole at the Emerald.
The Emerald is a semi private club and
is open to the public. Located about 2 miles from the Zeigler this is a
really nice Rees Jones design and was voted one of the top 50 courses in
North Carolina in 1992.
This course has a nice practice facility and is
usually in top notch condition. It is a challenging layout that puts a
premium on driving it in the fairway. The greens are pretty good size
and are receptive to approach shots. This course has many challenging
holes but the 18th stands out. From the blue tees it is around 415 yards
with water down the entire right side and out of bounds down the left.
No bail out shots here and the drive is a reall gut checker.
Curtis Strange held a celebrity
fundraiser for the Shiner's at the Emerald from 1990-2000. I saw Tiger Woods, Fred
Couples, Curtis Strange, Arnold Palmer, among others play during this
Located at 5000 Clubhouse Drive The Emerald is
about 2 miles from the Zeigler and 4 miles from historic downtown New Bern.
For tee times and prices call
For more information on the
Emerald Golf Course
Riverbend Golf Course
Riverbend is located about 12 minutes from the Zeigler
and 15 minutes from historic downtown New Bern. The course was designed
and built by Gene Hamm in the early 1970's. Gene built numerous other
golf courses in Myrtle Beach and Pinehurst.
Riverbend under went a makeover about 5
years ago. The fairways and greens were completely redone and the
clubhouse was torn down and rebuilt. The result is a fine facility that
is kept in great shape.
Number 18 is the
signature hole at Riverbend. A 235 yard drive will
give you about a 7 iron or so into a somewhat deep but narrow green.
Don't slice your tee shot as there is water all the way down on the
right side. Par is a great score on this hole. The toughest hole to me
is number 12. This is a long dogleg left with a pond about 230
out that forces the long hitters to lay up or play away from the green
with a cut drive. Here you have got to hit a great drive or par is next to
Riverbend is a fine golf course and is usually easy to
get a tee time.
For information on green fees call
or visit their website at
Located about 10 miles from New Bern Carolina Pines
was built in the early 1970's and is short but interesting and fun to
play course. Green fees and a cart are only $28. That is very reasonable
for 18 holes of golf.
Number 15 is the signature hole. This hole is a
relatively easy par 5 with the green framed in the background by the
beautiful Neuse River. This is one of the most scenic holes in North
Carolina. Number 2 is a long par 4 with a deep ravine in the front of
the green. Don't go over the green as the steep slope from back to front
makes a chip shot dangerous. Number 2 is in my opinion the most difficult par
4 in the New Bern area.
Carolina Pines Boulevard, New Bern, NC 28560-8526(252)
Located about 23 minutes from the Zig Hotel, this
course can be rough at times, but it is interesting and has some
challenging holes some with a little elevation change which is unusual
for Eastern NC.
A cart and green fees will set you back around $25
dollars and is reasonable by any standards. The course does not get a
lot of play and the greens can be spotty at times. But for $25 what do
241 Country Club Drive
252 224 5736