The Wilmington/Southport area spreads from the coast inland toward the Raleigh-Durham area and along Interstate 40. Wilmington is the quintessential “southern” town, so much so that Hollywood directors have used the city and its environs as the backdrop for their productions, adding a nice extra bump to Wilmington’s stable economic base. With an active branch of the University of North Carolina and both upscale and reasonably priced golf communities scattered throughout the area, Wilmington offers the kind of access to cultural, entertainment and medical options you would expect from a much larger city. Southport itself is a small fishing village that cannot hide its charms any more, having been discovered by vacationers who hop on the ferry to sail out to Bald Head Island and retirees who call the sprawling St. James Plantation their home. Further inland, a successful local family dedicated to the area around Wallace, NC, decided to build an impressive golf community two decades ago called River Landing; features some of the best 36 holes in the state. And its Craftsman style clubhouse, the center of the community in terms of its sheer size as well as the dinners and other activities it hosts, will impress anyone who sees it for the first time. Golf in the Wilmington/Southport area is as diverse as it gets, from the links style of Bald Head Island to the sandy links-like terrain around Wilmington to the parkland designs at River Landing.