Brunswick Golf Course will become a planned development of nearly 800 homes
A former golf course straddling the North Carolina-South Carolina border will soon host a planned development of more than 800 units.
The Farmstead Golf Links in Calabash closed at the end of 2021 after two decades of operation. Now plans have been approved to turn its 18 holes into 774 accommodations.
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The project, the Coastal Club of the Carolinas, will bring 630 single-family homes and 144 semi-detached units to 311 acres between Hickman Road and McLamb Road NE. The development will also extend into South Carolina, with around 400 additional units planned across the border.
Brunswick County lead planner Marc Pages said the project is a modification of a previously approved planned development that never started, with the exception of the golf course. These initial designs were to include retail space and approximately 500 housing units.
“Originally there were a handful of batches registered,” he said. “But only the golf course, the clubhouse and two houses have been built.”
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Pages said the project will be similar in style to the Waterford community of Leland, with interconnecting waterways built throughout the development allowing kayaking access. The design will help reinforce the development’s stormwater system, which was oversized to accommodate a 25-year-old storm.
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Once built, the project is expected to add at least 7,400 vehicle trips per weekday 24-hour volume in the western part of the county. Pages said with more of the county’s development moving west, it’s no shock that the course is being used to fuel housing demand.
“It may have declined in popularity or rising property prices may have made it more attractive to sell for development,” he said.
Reporter John Orona can be reached at 910-343-2327 or [email protected]