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Outer Banks

North Carolina

Nature has carefully sculpted the landscape throughout The Outer Banks, the chain of barrier islands located off the North Carolina Coast midway between Norfolk, VA and Myrtle Beach, SC

Miles of national parks and wildlife refuges, the largest estuary system in the world, the 208-foot Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States), the Atlantic Museum of Maritime History and the Wright Brothers National Memorial can all be found along the 130 mile stretch of coastline in Dare County which ultimately covers 800 square miles—391 square miles of land and 409 square miles of water— and also represents the furthest point east in the continental U.S.

Laden in History
Virginia Dare became the first child born in the new world on August 18, 1587, at Fort Raleigh on Roanoke Island—to the same "Lost Fort Raleigh Colonists" whose disappearance is still an unsolved mystery.

Some one-hundred and twenty-nine years later on November 22, 1718, Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard the pirate, was brought to his death by Lt. Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy, in Ocracoke Inlet.

The Outer Banks, North Carolina
Photos courtesy of The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

And, several battles took place on the Outer Banks during The War Between the States: Hatteras Inlet (August 1861), Chicamacomico (October 1861) and on Roanoke Island (February 1862), where the Federals won their first victories of the war and established control over the area.

Shortly after the turn of the century on December 17, 1903, on Big Kill Devil Hill, located just south of Kitty Hawk, Orville and Wilbur Wright, made history by completing the first successful flights in "motor-driven, heavier-than-air machines," thus initiating the age of human flight—which is still a favorite pastime in the area as the Outer Banks has ideal conditions for hang-gliding and parasailing.

Something for Everyone
Today, residents and visitors alike frequently take part in water-related activities on the beach such as swimming, shelling, fishing and crabbing, jet skiing,kayaking, canoeing, diving, surfing, wind surfing, parasailing, sailing and boating.

In addition to mild weather, pristine beaches, beautiful sunsets and a lot of history, the Outer Banks boasts of ten championship, Scottish links design, golf courses with bent grass greens and views to die for. Ocean and soundside views are indeed spectacular and can occasionally be seen from the same tee. With few trees and low vegetation, wind is inevitable during every round making Outer Banks golf a bit more challenging to those who are used to playing on more inland tracks.

Whether you invest in an Outer Banks golf weekend or in an Outer Banks golf home in one of the areas luxury golf communities, your return will no doubt exceed your expectation.

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