The signature hole at Farmstead Golf Links in Calabash is the last one: a 767-yard par 6, which was once the fourth-longest golf hole in the world. That in itself would be enough to raise some eyebrows, but the 18th has an added bonus: Golfers tee off in South Carolina and putt in North Carolina. The course itself straddles the border, although the bulk of it — including the clubhouse — is in Brunswick County. You can buy a beer from a beverage cart if you want, but the cart can’t cross the state line into South Carolina.
The border-straddling wasn’t part of the original plan. Part of the course sits on what used to be a North Carolina farm owned by the McLamb family since 1939. When W.J. McLamb wanted to get in on the golf craze of the mid-1990s, there was a problem. “To have enough space to do what I needed to do,” he says, “the property I needed was in South Carolina.” McLamb bought it up and opened Farmstead in 1998, and today, parts of six holes are in the Palmetto State.
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