AUGUST 15, 2005 --There's a new mystery at the Ocean Isle Beach Golf Course. It used to pride itself on being the area's "best kept secret."
A flooded sand trap is a clue to the new mystery. An overgrown putting green is another, but the best clue is the sign on the club house that reads, "golf course closed."
After more than 20 years, the 18 hole course is being sold. Whether it will ever see another round, that's the mystery now.
Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith says at least some of the land will be turned into a residential community.
This course was a favorite among tourists and locals who say it's sad to see the fairways empty.
Walter Puga and Sam Herron both worked as rangers on the course for more than six years.
"This course will be missed, a lot of people liked it," says Puga. "I made a lot of good friends here. I will miss it a lot," adds Herron.
Herron and Puga will also miss the convenience. They'll have to travel out of town to tee off, at least until the new owners reveal their plans for this "best kept secret."