History Uncovered

By Beth P. Storie

Yesterday's wind uncovered more of the putt putt golf course that used to sit on the southeast corner of Jockey's Ridge. As if there was magic on the breeze, a big portion of the castle was claiming its position again. The course was built in the early 1970s, and the castle shared space with an octopus, a ship, a treasure chest and a shark, among other things. It was two 18-hole courses side by side. During the 1980s, the migration of the dune's sand began covering the course up, and eventually the owner, Marian Meekins, gave up and let the dune have it. Most the pieces were sold off to other businesses, but the castle stayed the course and refuses to be totally relegated to history. Locals and frequent visitors make a sport out of the constantly changing peek-a-boo game with Mother Nature.


MAY 16, 2018:

MAY 30, 2014:

Photo Credit: signmanjoe from a conversation on RoadsideAmerica.com.

CIRCA 1980:

Photo Credit: Whestley Spangler


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About the Author Beth P. Storie
Beth Storie first came to the Outer Banks for the summer of 1976. She fell in love with the area and returned for good three years later. She and her husband published the national guidebook series, The Insiders' Guides, for more than 20 years and now are building OneBoat guides into another national brand. After spending time in many dozens of cities around the country, she absolutely believes that her hometown of Manteo is the best place on earth, especially when her two children, six cats and one dog are there too.