Bald Head Island Club
Bald Head Island Club
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The Bald Head Island Club is a private country club located centrally on Bald Head Island, North Carolina. There are three restaurants on site and various resort amenities. The golf course is a George Cobb-designed 18-hole course where the front nine winds its way through a maritime forest and lagoons, and the back nine plays along the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Additional amenities include: tennis courts, outdoor pool, fitness center, and croquet greens. Guest Memberships are available for visitors.
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GypsyAtLast
North Carolina240 contributions
We ate dinner here last week (temporary membership from the Inn on Bald Head Island). The facility is GORGEOUS! The food was OK. But the service left something to be desired. I know wait staff are pushed to their limit, so I can forgive that. Parking? Prepare to park & take a little hike.
Written September 18, 2021
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mdmprez
Naples, FL102 contributions
Couples
When service is very slow, as it was last night, that trumps the good food being served. It could have been the “White” Night party where many guests dressed in white monopolized the staff in the big dining room, so dinner in the Grill Room was always going to be a slow affair. They did warn us there was a limited menu as a result of it.
Know that we were on day 4 of a family reunion, and we all like each other (3 brothers, 3 sisters, most spouses), so slow service was not causing problems of conversation topics.
On to the food: The hamburgers were a combination of chopped beef and shredded short rib beef, with barbecue sauce, and they were succulent! Fries were good, could also be sweet potato fries. The serious entrees were salmon, which we all had had for dinner the night before; filet mignon, which was very good, but the star was the crabcakes, which were all delicious fresh crab, no “cake”.
There is a nice wine list and one also by the glass with surprising variety.
The creme brûlée and blueberry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream were better than the peach Melba, which bore no resemblance to its namesake. Skip this dining experience when there’s a crowd. Otherwise, I must say the food is good and staff is friendly.
Written June 9, 2019
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Michael Clarey
Sydney, Australia71 contributions
Family
Our family of 6 (two grandparents, daughter, her husband, and two children (10 and 6) stayed on Bald Head Island for one week and had four meals at the Club through guest memberships provided by our lessor. The Sunday brunch was a bit ho-hum but the dinners we had on three separate occasions were superb. From wonderful NC shrimp produced in a couple of ways to crab cakes, flounder, lobster, and superb appetisers the food was world class at very reasonable prices. Can't comment on the golf course since we didn't play but next time we will bring our golf clubs as the course looked challenging and fun.
Written June 18, 2017
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Voyager68692
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We’ve been coming to BHI for many years. Always, up until this year, temporary memberships for both clubs has been included. This is the first year that we’ve paid for both of the island clubs as an add ons.

The cost for a temporary weekly, M-F, membership is $400. Be aware ahead of time that temporary members are not allowed to use any of the services on the weekends (to include dining). For a family of 4, that’s means $80 for a daily pool visit. Also be aware that you have to sign up in advance for a specific pool time. There are 3 scheduled time slots during the day and one evening slot (free to all) from 6:30-8. You may only sign up for one slot per day.

We were actually ‘somewhat’ ok with these guidelines, however, it was the extreme rudeness from some of the pool staff that initiated me to write this review.

Our time was close to ending and we were finishing a beverage before leaving. A very friendly young guy circled the pool and told us we had 15 min left in our stay.

Less than 2 minutes later, a group of 3 young women (late teens/ early twenties) were walking around the pool picking up towels. They approached us and one of them (literally) said, “Your time is up, you need to go.” I replied and said, “Yes, we know. A guy who works here just told us we had 15 minutes left in our time.” She responded (in a very rude, raised voice), “Who said that? That’s not true. You need to leave now. Don’t you look at your watch?”

She clearly didn’t believe me and she was beyond rude. My whole family saw me talk with both people. My 11 and 13 year old kids were shocked that she was so rude to us, especially after the first guy said something completely different. I wish I'd have gotten her name to report her. I was so stunned by her complete rudeness and lack of customer service that I was actually speechless. Other patrons, still by the pool because they’d also just heard the 15 minute warning, had looks of disbelief on their faces because of her behavior.


Bottom Line - Don’t waste your time paying the extra $400 for BHI Club. It’s not worth it, and clearly temporary members are not as important as other paying members are.
Written August 23, 2022
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Shane W
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I rented a Villa on the island that had a social membership at the club. I am a golfer and had I known that you cannot buy a week membership or upgrade the exisitng membership I would not have rented the property. The club was rigid in its approach. Policy is you cannot buy another or upgrade the membership that comes with the property. It is a poor business practice. Upgrading a membership and a couple of rounds of golf would have cost me, and benefited the club, at least $1,000. I checked the golf course usage and it was not overwhelmed.

The US flag at the front of the club is not illuminated as required by law. The gate staff said it has been like that for months. I am a veteran and take offense to managements indifference
Written September 24, 2020
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pdr123
Princeton, NJ40 contributions
Below are the things I wish I knew prior to paying $525 for the 'privilege' of accessing the BHI Club.
1. You must make pool reservations in 2 hour increments. For same day reservations, guest members must either come in person to check availability. If you are enjoying your pool time... too bad, it's only 2 hours.
2. The restaurants are really booked. With the exception of availability at Horizons, each time I tried to book another restaurant, it was full. I finally got into the Palms. The scheduling and attempting to make dinner plans was as taxing as the pool.
3. Golf: For $525, I got the opportunity to pay $195 to play. With that said, the course was really nice.
4. Ray, who helped us with Croquet, was awesome.

So, for $525, I receive a lot of no's, staff that was really low in empathy, and sub-par experience. It was a total waste of money and time... not to mention detracted from the fun and relaxation of a vacation. I do recommend the Shoals Club as an alternative (though, they do not have golf). The pool was available, staff friendly, and a relaxed atmosphere.
Written September 5, 2021
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Scott S
Hickory, NC206 contributions
The main club dining room was not good. We had to send one of the dinners back twice and ended up just not eating it at all. Beef Wellington was a special and the beef was cold, they said they would bring a new one but just brought half of the old one back with the crust burned up. Sad. Sushi app tasted frozen as well. It was expensive as well, even by Bald Head standards.

Horizons was a different story - great views and the food was excellent.
Written September 15, 2022
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Jane locklear
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Couples
My husband and I got a temporary membership when we got our vacation house which wasn’t exactly cheap, but we got it anyways because my husband wanted to golf. This was the first and last time we came to Bald Head Island Club. The restaurant looked nice and clean for the most part, the lobby looks very elegant. The hostess was very nice and upbeat and our server was very attentive I was starting to realize why the membership was so expensive because the place was so nice until we ordered our food. My husband got the soup of the day and I got crab bisque when my soup got to the table I could immediately smell ammonia and it was so strong it made me sick to my stomach, by how strong the smell was I knew the cooks had to know it was rotten and smell it to, I mean the smell was just overwhelming. My husband and I were disgusted but chose not to say anything, because we figured by the smell of it they already knew. I hesitated on whether or not I would write this review, but before you spend a bunch of money buying this membership ask yourself if you want to be served spoiled food.
Written February 28, 2019
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Holly R
Arlington, VA9 contributions
If you can pick between the Shoals Club and BHI Club pool, go with the shoals club. BHI club has dated facilities, unhappy employees, and just isn't fun. The food is good though.
Written August 9, 2014
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JPH7916
Chicago, IL157 contributions
Friends
Played here in early May and loved it. First time at course and it didn't disappoint. Lots of great views and lots of wind coming off the ocean. Watch out for that monster gator on 18. He looked like at least a 12 footer I would love to go back and play. Was 80 dollars for the round
Written May 17, 2016
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