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601 Peletier Loop Rd
Swansboro, NC  28584-7502
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Silver Creek Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,526 yards | 117 slope

71.6 rating | Bermuda grass


Silver Creek Golf Course


The 18-hole "Silver Creek" course at the Silver Creek Golf Club facility in Swansboro, North Carolina features 6,526 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.6 and it has a slope rating of 117 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Gene Hamm, the Silver Creek golf course opened in 1986. Eddie McNeil manages the course as the Owner/Manager.

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Reviewed March 15, 2015


I played Silver Creek several years ago when the cart paths were unusable and the course was a mud hole. There have been a ton of improvements made and the maintenance has gotten much better. I play there regularly now (mostly I walk) and really enjoy the course. Silver Creek is a sprawling golf course where you enjoy the scenery and solitude as much as the golf. There's another local course that packs 27 holes into a smaller property than Silver Creek's 18. The course requires some precision ball striking and good decision making from the tee boxes. It can punish the over aggressive golfer who will end up peering through trees. It's in its winter clothing right now, so the greens are a little slower than normal, but that's part of winter golf. There's some Poa on a few of the greens, but they've been sprayed now and should be good to go by the end of the month. The cart path problems have been largely solved by grinding them last spring. There's still some bumps in some places, but far better than in previous years. The practice facilities are excellent with a full size driving range (no foam golf balls here), practice bunker and practice green. The carts (when I do use one) are in excellent condition and all new Yamaha's will be here in April. What I really like is that they welcome golfers that like to walk. Most courses around here discourage walking. If I had my way, they wouldn't allow carts unless you had a handicapped placard. Silver Creek is a nice solid course at a lower price than any of the nearby "beach courses". Come try it...and bring your pull cart!

Reviewed July 03, 2014

Played Silver Creek in 2012 and early this year. What a difference the new Greens Keeper, Josh, has made. He and his staff have really made Silver Creek a great course to play once again.
The tee boxes were really nice, the fairways green and lush, bunkers well kept and the greens were beautiful. They were moderately fast but more importantly, rolled very true. This course has always appealed to golfers for it's design and enjoyment to play but now Josh has gotten the course in great shape and it's no wonder it was very busy this Fourth of July week.
Get a Play Pass and this is a course that should be on everyone's list to play at the coast !

Reviewed May 10, 2012

I played this course on May 10, 2012. I live in the area and had not played here since last year. The greens were being aereated(sp)and were therefore not good. But in a couple weeks I can see them being very nice. The bunkers are in good shape, soft sand. The fairways were very good, nice grass, well cut. I like the layout. It is fun to play, yet some holes will test your accuracy and judgement. The worst part of this course are the cartpaths which have been destroyed by pine tree roots. The staff is friendly and apologized for the cartpaths and encourage you to drive around the bad spots until they can be repaired. I plan to play there again as soon as the greens recover.

Reviewed April 25, 2012

My family and I recently vacationed in Emerald Isle and played 18 holes over at Silver Creek golf course. I was a bit cautious going in after reading some past reviews, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised! This course was in fantastic shape!!! The greens were beautiful, layout was great, and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The rates were fair and they offer an afternoon twilight special. I spoke briefly with the gentleman in the pro shop and he informed me the golf course is under new management and doing well. I will absolutely play there again!

Reviewed July 19, 2011

We have vacationed at Emerald Isle for ten years or so and I've played Silver Creek several times, and I think I have finally given up on them. The course has been in terrible condition for 3 years now and evidently management no longer cares. $48 for 18 holes is about $30 too much given that a third of the greens are almost dead, the cart paths are so bumpy with roots you can't drive on them, and the place apparently only sees a mower once or twice a week. It's obvious that the hole locations haven't even been moved recently. This is really sad given that the layout is actually decent and Silver Creek could be a nice place to play if someone put a little money, time and effort into it. The way it is now, though - don't waste your money.

Reviewed June 14, 2011

The greens were horible // the faiways were adequate and the tee box terible // it was 90 degrees and the water stations were empty // the only good thing about this courses was the score card // will never paly again

Reviewed July 13, 2009

Fairways were nice.

Reviewed June 15, 2009

great potential!!!!

Reviewed June 04, 2008

I played the course on May 24, two days later than the last reviewer. While the course is not in great shape it is more than adequate. The layout is actually challenging and scenic. I would describe it as tight. The fairways were in good shape but of course the greens were in terrible shape because they had just aerated them. I'll have to agree that the markings on the course are very poor. The 150 yard markers are a couple of distinctive trees on each hole which is typical of many courses. But that is about it. Water definitely comes in to play on about six holes and like the gentlemen said if you don't know the course it can bite you. I have played this course every Memorial Weekend for about the last ten and the conditions and care are not as good as in the past. They used to have cart girls that would drive out to the parking lot to get your clubs and the maintenance was better. The cost was $55 for the weekend and I think $45 other times. I certainly wish someone would take over the course because it has great potential and a nice clubhouse.

Reviewed May 28, 2008

This may once have been a four-star course but it has been allowed to go downhill badly. We played the course on May 22, 2008 and were very disappointed in its condition. The greens especially were in deplorable condition. It is sad because it looks like this was once a fine golf course before its deterioration. I would urge golfers to avoid this tract and urge the Reviewer to take a current look.

Reviewed August 08, 2007

This course was a good course a good challenging course. The cart paths on holes 8-16 were very poorly maintained. But it was good for the first time this year. The fairways were covered in thatch which hampered the shots a lot. Other than that it was a good value.

Reviewed June 28, 2007

Reviewed March 24, 2007

Silver Creek golf course 03/07

If you have read any of my reviews of golf courses in the southern tier of New York state and northeastern Pennsylvania, then you know that I am a VERY fair rater. I take all aspects of a golf course into account, and it is rare that I skewer one without offering the positives. The positives about Silver Creek are that it has electric carts and a really nice layout. The negatives, and my story, are as follows.......My cousin Bob and I visited the Crystal Coast as part of our annual spring golf vacation. He is a retired marine out of Cherry Point and lived in the New Bern area for almost 30 years; prior to returning home to Pennsylvania upon retirement. He is very familiar with the courses in the area and recommended Silver Creek as one of the nicest to play down there. Much to our dismay, Silver Creek offered little more than lost balls, poor fairway and green conditions and weedy, rock hard bunkers. The lost balls came from a complete absence of any signage on the tee, denoting the distance to the water hazards. Bob said they used to be there, but I guess they're like seatbelts on the USS Enterprise.....lost technology. I sacrificed 3 balls to great tee shots that bounded into water. I'm a firm believer in golf courses that reward good shots, not ones that short sheet you in an effort to retail your lost balls in the pro-shop. All of the other courses in the area that we played overseeded their greens. Silver Creek painted them with that band-aid green stuff and said "good enough". One of the fairways (and I use that term loosely)had a sinkhole in it about the size of a golf cart and probably six feet deep. We thought that an artillery round had gone astray from the base-no joke. What made matters worse was that it was completely unmarked, and right in the middle of the fairway. The cart paths are paved over tree roots, and were crumbling, buckling, and in some places, totally covered in needles, leaves etc. After 18 holes of this madness, I needed a stiff drink. I recognize that we were there in the off season, and I didn't expect course conditions to be perfect; but I did expect them to at least be on par with other courses in the area. After we had played the course, Bob heard a rumor that it was due to close soon. If that's true, it explains a lot.

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  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Brad M. N/A 50 50 09/01/11
2 Jonathan P. 8 80 72 08/10/12
3 Aaron A. 2 77 75 06/15/10
4 thos K. 16 92 76 04/05/08
5 Jim S. 15 92 77 07/01/08
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
2 Jonathan P. 12 87 75 08/19/16
6 John F. 9 86 77 08/18/13

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About Silver Creek

Silver Creek Golf Club

Golf Only facility

30 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Eddie McNeil, Owner/Manager
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