• 174 holes of golf for Folds of Honor

    On Labor Day weekend, a dozen local golf pros, sales representatives and golf managers participated in a 200 Holes of Golf event to raise money for Folds of Honor as part of Patriot Day Golf. Some played on the first day, some played on the second day. Of the field, six competed both days.  

  • The First Tee of Brunswick County celebrates 10th anniversary

    In 2005, The First Tee of Brunswick County received its charter from the national office. It began with a handful of volunteers and a few dozen kids.

    On Sunday, Sept. 6, The First Tee of Brunswick County celebrated 10 years of golf and fun and teaching core values to the youth of Brunswick County. A reception took place at the Leadership Academy at Cinghiale Creek, the home course of The First Tee. Jennifer Weiler, vice president of The First Tee, traveled from Saint Augustine, Fla., to help celebrate.

  • Rivers Edge is back with new greens

    It takes a lot of guts to close a golf course in the middle of the summer, but that’s exactly what East Coast Golf Management did.

    Rivers Edge, a beautiful Arnold Palmer Design on the bluffs overlooking the Shallotte River, installed Paspallum Greens in 2009. They were supposed to be the best greens for a course in this location, a salt-tolerant warm-season grass.

  • Ladybirds: Fantastic golfing fun

    Brunswick County is a great place for golf. We have 21 golf course communities. Some have 18 holes of golf, others have 27, 36 or 54 holes. St. James Plantation has a whopping 81.

    That’s a lot of courses, but what really makes everything click are the activities that center around golf. Each weekend there are several charity golf events. I can only write about a few because if I didn’t limit their coverage, that’s all I would ever write about.

  • Golfers, be aware of the sun

    We can all take steps that will help us live a long, active, happy life. We can stop smoking, eat healthy natural foods, exercise, walk regularly and protect ourselves from the sun.

    My family is prone to skin cancer. My husband has had numerous Mohs treatments (a micrographic surgical process to remove basal cells) over the years. I am applying Fluorouracil cream to a crusty spot on my left ear. Our daughter Kim had a basal cell removed from her nose six months ago.

  • Match play – The best kind of golf


    We’re all used to watching the PGA Tour on weekends. Almost all PGA events are contested in medal (stroke) play. That means the score accumulates hole-by-hole until four days of play are completed. The lowest score at the end of 72 holes wins.

  • Father-son champs are the Isleys

    Because I am a golf writer, I get updates and scores from the Carolinas Golf Association every week. For those new to the area or new to the game of golf, the Carolinas Golf Association was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golfers.

    It is the second largest golf association in the United States and has 700 member clubs in North and South Carolina. That’s huge, folks. At least 150,000 people are part of this organization.

  • Backpacks Full of Blessings program: Let’s do it

    Last year Brick Landing had its first Wings Backpack Tournament and this year, another one will take place Aug. 1. It’s a simple tournament in a captain’s choice format with men’s and women’s categories.

    Last year the tournament was rained out and, unfortunately, this year I will be away at that time. However, when I read the notice, I was intrigued. It told me about the Wings Ministry Backpack Program, which provides food to needy children in our community.

  • Rivers Edge installing new greens

    Two weeks ago, the management of Rivers Edge made a difficult decision. They closed its beautiful course for July and August and installed new greens.

    “We’ve struggled with our SeaDwarf Paspalum greens since they were installed in 2009,” said Mike Buccerone, president of East Coast Golf Management, which manages Rivers Edge. “Our winters are becoming increasingly harsh and the greens just did not hold up. Each spring was a nightmare when the overseeding died out and the Paspalum was supposed to grow and flourish and did not.

  • Brunswick golfers beware of heat stroke

    By Elsa Bonstein


    The past few weeks have been excessively hot and humid in Brunswick County. Temperatures have been in the 90s almost every day and the heat index has been soaring above 100. I’ve seen ambulances at two golf courses recently and I’m worried about our golfers.

    We think we’re tough and we can take anything. We will play our weekly game, our match, our qualifying round and we don’t care how hot it is.