Two Wheels and Not a Care in the World

When is the last time you hopped on a bike and pedaled your way on a two-wheeled adventure? Do you remember back to when you were a kid and the feeling of absolute freedom that encompassed you once you were on that bicycle and not having a single care in the entire world?

You can experience that again, even as an adult—and Topsail Island, North Carolina is just the place to do it. Grab your bike and let’s go!

Best Places to Ride a Bicycle in Topsail

We’re highlighting a few of the best, but certainly not the only, places to ride your bike for a scenic tour of Topsail Island on two wheels. Try one or try them all during your Topsail beach vacation.

Topsail Island Bike Path

The Topsail Bike and Pedestrian Path begins at the Town Hall parking lot in North Topsail Beach and goes north on New River Inlet Road to the North Topsail Beach Park. The path is for bicycle and pedestrian traffic only, so you’re free to walk or ride without fear of other traffic. There is also a bike lane along Highway 210 which extends south from the intersection of 210 and Island Drive to the Surf City line for your biking pleasure.

Bicycling Around the Topsail Towns

Biking through the towns of North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach is a wonderful way to tour the island. Begin from a different starting point each day and pedal your way along the side streets to see where they lead you. All of Topsail Island has a bike-friendly mentality with lower speed limits than on the mainland. Spring and fall are the best seasons for riding with pleasant temperatures and less traffic than during the busier summer beach season.

Bicycling on the Beach

You may want to consider biking on the beach which offers incredible views and a really good leg workout. Choose low tide when you can ride near the shoreline where the sand is more compacted and easier to pedal through than the softer, deeper sand. Single-speed bikes work best on the beach, as do beach cruisers which have fat tires. Don’t forget to rinse the salt and sand off your bike when you’re done!

Bike Rentals on Topsail Island

No bikes? No problem! Topsail Island’s local shops have you covered from North Topsail Beach to Surf City to Topsail Beach. Don’t worry about lugging that extra equipment with you on your Topsail beach vacation and instead stop by one of these local sports outfitters to get your pedal on.

Topsail Island Beach Service, North Topsail Beach

Topsail Island Beach Service delivers what you need right to your doorstep in each of the Topsail Island towns. Check out their daily, weekly and combo bike rentals. They offer a plethora of other beach equipment rentals as well.

50 South Surf Shop, Surf City

50 South Surf Shop is conveniently located at the heart of Topsail Island with hourly, daily and weekly bike rentals for you to enjoy. Stop by the shop or book your bike rental right online. They offer a variety of other sport equipment rentals, too.

Herring’s Outdoor Sports, Surf City

Located right in Surf City, Herring’s Outdoor Sports offers beach rentals and more. Included in their selection are beach cruiser bikes and 3-speed bikes with hourly, daily and weekly rates available. See what they have in store and then plan your adventure.

Topsail Vacation Rental with Bikes

Are you looking for a Topsail beach vacation rental that has bikes included? Then look no further. Beach Therapy is the Topsail vacation rental for you! This newly listed, recently renovated vacation property is the perfect beach cottage with all of the amenities you desire.

It boasts 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths along with stunning views of the sound. It has plenty of family-friendly features both indoors and out.  It’s pet-friendly, too! Bikes are just one of the amazing perks included in your stay. Take a look around this beautiful Topsail rental and consider it for your next North Carolina beach vacation. Scroll the photo slideshow and read more about the beautiful beach cottage. Let us know if you have any questions!

The Reel Housewives of Topsail Island

Have you heard about the Reel Housewives of Topsail Island? You definitely want to know about this non-profit organization which uses the money raised from an island-wide bicycle ride to help local breast cancer patients and survivors.

The 26-mile bike ride takes place in April of each year, with this year’s Reel Housewives of Topsail Island Bike Ride happening on April 7, 2018. They are changing the route of the bike ride this year—it will start and finish at the Surf City Soundside Park. Registration events are held at various local venues throughout the weeks leading up to the ride.

Like and Follow the Reel Housewives of Topsail Island on Facebook to stay up to date on upcoming events and registration information. Access Realty is proud to be a Silver Sponsor for this event, so come join us at the ride and share your support!

 

So what do you think? Will you take on a Topsail Island bike tour and pedal your way around town on your next Topsail beach vacation? We hope so!

The Ultimate Guide To The Best Topsail Golf Outings


Did you know that the Topsail, North Carolina area is known for its fabulous local golf courses? It is! Golf outings abound here and are all right near your Topsail vacation rental. With all of Topsail’s golf courses located on the nearby mainland, you’re only a short drive from the island to the local links.

Here are a few of our favorite Topsail golf courses that make for a perfect day outdoors from tee to green. There’s a little something for every golfer from novice to expert, and each golf course has a unique style and profile all its own. Try each of our local Topsail golf courses and see what each has to offer you.

 

Belvedere Golf Course & Country Club in Hampstead, NC

Course Information
Course Architect – Russell Burney
Year Opened – 1972
Number Of Holes – 18
Par For Course – 72
Walking Policy – Anyone can walk; weekdays only.

Course Stats
Course Length Forward – 5824
Course Length Middle – 5824 yards
Course Length Championship – 5824 yards
Course Rating Forward – Par 72
Course Rating Middle – 71
Course Rating Championship – Championship
Slope Rating Forward – 128
Slope Rating Middle – 128
Slope Rating Championship – 128 slope

Address
2368 Country Club Dr
Hampstead, NC 28443
(910) 270-2703

(Source: VisitNC.com)

The golf course at Belvedere has certainly evolved since its conception in the 1970’s. Belvedere now features a rare combination of six par threes, seven par fours, and five par fives to achieve a par of 71. Located in coastal Hampstead, NC, the front nine takes you out toward the Intracoastal Waterway and back toward the Clubhouse; the back nine ventures you inland and then back toward the Clubhouse–forming a giant figure 8 without any parallel fairways. This design offers a sure test in the normally breezy conditions. You will experience the winds coming from every direction during your round, so be prepared.

You can read more about the layout of the golf course at Belvedere right here. and view the Belvedere Golf Club photo gallery here.

Now that you know what to expect, it’s time to experience it for yourself. All that’s left to do is book your Belvedere golf tee time, which you can do online.

 

Castle Bay Golf Course & Country Club in Hampstead, NC

Course Information
Year Opened – 2000
High Season – Spring, Fall
Number Of Holes – 18
Par For Course – 72

Course Stats
Course Length Championship – 6328 yards

Address
107 Links Court
Hampstead, NC 28443
(910) 270-1978

(Source: VisitNC.com)

Located just off coastal highway, US-17 in Hampstead, NC. is a challenging, Scottish links style 18-hole championship course. From the longest tees it features 6,713 yards of golf for a par of 72. The course was designed by Randy Blanton and opened in 1999.

Although there are no trees on the course, there are the typical links hazards of tall bunkers, water, and waste areas. True to the tradition, the course demands excellent shot placement on almost every hole. And yes, like all links courses, occasionally one must factor in the wind.

Preview the course right now by viewing the Castle Bay Golf Course photo gallery. Then go ahead and make your tee time!

You can find the current golf rates for Castle Bay Country Club here.

 

North Shore Golf Course & Country Club in Sneads Ferry, NC

Course Information
Year Opened – 1988
Golf Digest Rating – 4.0 stars
High Season – Jun – Aug
Number Of Holes – 18
Par For Course – 72
Walking Policy – You can walk after 3 pm

Course Stats
Course Length Middle – 6358 yards
Course Rating Middle – 70
Slope Rating Middle – 123

Address
101 North Shore Dr.
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
(800) 828-5035

(Source: VisitNC.com)

Nestled like a sleeping giant along the Intracoastal Waterway the beautiful North Shore Country Club offers the perfect combination of natural beauty and challenging play. Majestically blending the game to its surroundings, architect Bob Moore offers both the novice golfer and seasoned player an enjoyable and challenging experience. This puts North Shore on the must-play list when visiting the Topsail Island area.

When creating the design for North Shore, Moore was able to make use of the many natural areas found on the property and incorporate them in a layout that harmonizes with the natural beauty of the coastal marshes of Eastern North Carolina. The inland holes offer a retreat from the prevailing sea breeze and are bordered by tall pines offering a distinctly different look and feel.

Preview this beautiful 18-hole course for yourself by taking a hole-by-hole aerial tour of North Shore. Then go ahead and plan your Topsail golfing adventure today.

You can find North Shore’s current golf rates here.

If you’re looking to play in an upcoming tournament, the annual Topsail Island Kiwanis Golf Tournament happens each May at the North Shore Country Club. The event is in its 32nd year and slated for Saturday, May 8, 2018.  It’s a Captain’s Choice Format with a shotgun start at 9a.m. Announcement of starting hole assignments are made for all teams between 7:30a.m. and 8:30a.m. the morning of the event. You can read more about the 32nd Annual Topsail Island Kiwanis Golf Tournament and register here.

 

Olde Point Golf Course & Country Club in Hampstead, NC

Course Information
Course Architect – Jerry Turner
Year Opened – 1975
Golf Digest Rating – 3.0 stars
Greens Fees High Low – $32-$35
High Season – Mar – May, Sep – Nov
Number Of Holes – 18
Par For Course – 72
Walking Policy – Members only may walk.

Course Stats
Course Length Forward – 5133 yards
Course Length Middle – 6008 yards
Course Length Back – 3056
Course Length Championship – 6913 Yards
Course Rating Forward – 69.3
Course Rating Middle – 69.3
Course Rating Championship – Championship
Slope Rating Forward – 125
Slope Rating Middle – 125
Slope Rating Championship – 137

Address
513 Country Club Drive
Hampstead, NC 28443
(910) 270-2403

(Source: VisitNC.com)

The Olde Point Golf & Country Club was built in 1974 and opened to the public in 1975. Jerry Turner, the golf course designer, made use of the rolling terrain, wooded areas, lakes and streams to build a scenic and challenging course. Olde Point has matured into a beautiful 18 hole course with Bermuda fairways and Paspalum greens.

The golf course is semi-private, and therefore open for the public to play. Tournaments and small group outings are always welcomed. Members enjoy advanced tee times and established league play, as well as a variety of member outings throughout the year. Full golf memberships include the use of the swimming pool, tennis courts and private members-only lounge. Practice facilities are also available and open for the public to use. Golf lessons are available by appointment from the club professionals.

Collared shirts are required on the course as well as at all practice areas. Tank tops, T-shirts, gym shorts or bathing suits are not permitted. Blue jeans and denim slacks may be worn if clean and neat.

Check out the Olde Point Golf Course Flyover to prepare for your adventure. You can find the current Olde Point golf rates here.

Then it’s time to book your tee time at Olde Point, which you can quickly and easily do online.

If you’re looking for a fun and festive golf tournament, then it’s time to sign-up for the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Green Ball Golf Tournament held every year at the Olde Point Country Club. This year’s event happens on Saturday, March 17, 2018 with a 10a.m. shotgun start. The format is setup as four-person teams with a modified two-ball scramble. There is also plenty of food, fun and prizes for everyone including a yummy lunch of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes after play. You can read more about the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Green Ball Golf Tournament and register here. Hurry, registration closes on May 15, 2018 at 5p.m.

 

Isn’t it time to start planning your next Topsail Golf Getaway? Start by booking your Topsail vacation rental then choose your golf adventure!