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Nags Head Travel Guide

Sports and the Outdoors

Beaches

Golf

Nags Head Golf Links. This beautiful, Scottish-links-style course borders Roanoke Sound, which is visible from five holes. Sea grass and rolling dunes separate most tees and greens, and brambles growing in the rough make accurate shots a priority. Make sure you bring plenty of spare golf balls. Together with coastal winds and a rugged shoreline, this makes for one of the area's most challenging courses, best suited to long hitters. 5615 S. Seachase Dr., off Rte. 12, MM 15, Nags Head, NC, 27959. 252/441–8073. www.nagsheadgolflinks.com. $55–$120. 18 holes, 6126 yards, par 71.

Hang Gliding

Kitty Hawk Kites. The premier hang-gliding outfitter in the country, with 12 locations along the Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk Kites—in business since 1974—gives beginner dune lessons. The only requirement is that you must be able to run approximately 10 yards; kids as young as 4 and people with most types of physical challenges can be accommodated. Jockey's Ridge is a favorite spot to learn, and instruction packages start at $99. Those with the nerve can try a high-altitude tandem flight that soars up to a mile high. History buffs can try flying a reproduction of the Wright Brothers' 1902 glider. Kitty Hawk Kites also sells wind toys and gives kayaking, kiteboarding, parasailing, and paddleboarding classes and leads guided walking tours. You can pick up sports gear and sportswear, plus souvenirs. Carolista Dr., Nags Head, NC, 27959. 877/359–8447 reservations; 252/441–2426 Nag's Head Hang-Gliding School. www.kittyhawk.com.

Water Sports

Outer Banks Boarding Company. Rent surfboards, sign-up for private lessons, or browse the retail shop here. 103 E. Morning View Pl. (U.S. 158, MM 11), Nags Head, NC, 27959. 252/441–1939. www.obbconline.com.

Outer Banks Dive Center. This outfitter has equipment rental, diving instruction, guided offshore charters, and leads off-the-beach dives to shipwrecks. 3917 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head, NC, 27959. 252/449–8349. www.obxdive.com.

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