Winding River Plantation is a private gated community surrounded by meandering marsh of the Lockwood Folly River and located just minutes from downtown Southport, North Carolina. This environmentally green community is acknowledged as one of the country’s top places to retire and is home to the award winning Carolina National Golf Course. This unique 27 hole course designed by Fred Couples is one of a few in North Carolina to be an Audubon certified sanctuary.

Winding River Plantation has a list of impressive resort-style leisure amenities to accommodate all interests and active lifestyles! Residents enjoy swimming, boating, kayaking, and golfing. It even has its own private beach club! When the residents of Winding River Plantation are not dipping their toes into the sands of Holden Beach, they can venture out on the Lockwood Folly River from the charming River House Marina.

Just beyond the Bag Drop, inside the handsome Clubhouse, is the lovely Plantation Grille at Carolina National in Winding River Plantation.  With a fully stocked bar, The Plantation Grille offers a daily lunch and dinner menu.  But, on Tuesdays and Fridays, the dining room offers up a special, limited menu by reservation only!  Click the link below to see posted menus plus other events taking place at the Golf Club.

Get a glimpse of the beauty of Winding River Plantation by watching these live web cams.


Winding River Plantation

Clubhouse: Property Owners Clubhouse, Riverhouse, Beach Club at Holden Beach.

Marina: Four community wet slips on Holden Beach, 10 community wet slips at the River house, kayak launch at the River House.

Golf: Community golf course available.

Real Estate

  • Golf, Water and Nature Views
  • Home-sites from $20,000
  • New and Re-sale homes from mid $200,000
  • Townhomes and Condos from high $100,000

Community Size

  • 1,200 Single Family Homes and 100 Town Homes and Condos
  • 550 Homes currently constructed
  • Approximately 1,000 acres

Area Beaches

  • 15 Minutes to Holden Beach
  • 15 Minutes to Oak Island