Our History

The Murphy family, local developers of whom several are residents of River Landing themselves, envisioned this community to be an active and vibrant part of eastern North Carolina. In the beginning, they promised to incorporate an 18-hole golf course, a fitness center, and a clubhouse.

Since the community’s start in 1996, the developers have delivered two Top 50 18-hole championship golf courses, a clubhouse, a fitness center with several fitness class options, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, walking and biking trails, and several diverse event venues. In all that they do, the Murphy family strives to exceed expectations and deliver more than they promise. For more than 20 years, River Landing has been a living testament to that mission. Once you drive through the gates, you will understand why River Landing is more than just another community. It's a family.

River Landing is a smooth, 35-minute drive from the laid-back beach town of Wilmington and just over an hour from the state’s capital, Raleigh. Wilmington features pristine beaches on blue waters, historic sites, a thriving arts scene, and boutique dining experiences. It is also home to the nationally famous Azalea Festival each April. In Raleigh, you’ll find a growing metropolis with more than 20 craft breweries; Red Hat Amphitheater, which hosts a diverse array of big-name recording artists; and the popular Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. Also only an hour away from River Landing are the Carolina Premium Outlets, which are known as having the best shopping in the region.

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River Landing has been recognized as a unique and exceptional private community since its inception. We are proud of the honors and awards we have earned over the years. We pledge to maintain continued excellence that will no doubt garner recognition in the years to come.

Our developers and community have been featured on the glossy pages of Forbes Magazine, numerous national publications and industry excellence competitions. But it is the continual kind words of praise from our residents of which we are most proud.

  • Two “Top 50” Golf Courses, by the NC Golf Panel. 2010-2017

  • Named a “Top 50 Best Master-Planned Community in the U.S.,” by Where to Retire 2005-2015

  • Named one of the “Top 50 Golf Communities in America” by Luxury Golf Homes magazine

  • Ranked No. 1 “Coastal Golf Course in North Carolina,” by NC Magazine, 2004 – 2006

  • Ranked No. 17, Best in State Rankings, by Golf Digest, 2003

  • Brick Paving Design Award from Brick in Architecture Magazine, 2000

  • Winner, N.C. Landscape Association Grand Award

  • Rated “#1 Coastal Golf Course in North Carolina” by NC Magazine

  • Top Fifty Communities in the South - Living Southern Style Magazine – 2004

  • Top 20 Golf Courses in North Carolina - NC Magazine – 2006, 2005, 2004

  • US Open Qualifying Course 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998

  • AJGA Junior Open- 2012

  • North Carolina Women’s Amateur 2011

  • 3 Holes in North Carolina’s Dream 18 - Business NC Magazine



River Landing residents are involved and engaged in many community activities outside of the gates, by partnering with many local and national organizations. Members are involved weekly with various groups ranging from tutoring underprivileged children to building homes in the surrounding counties. Outside of their weekly commitments, members have also engaged in various events hosted by River Landing. Here are a few of the events and groups we’re passionate about:

  • Sheriff’s Ball

  • Hope for the Warriors Golf Invitational

  • RLGALs Ball Drop

  • Hosting Marines for Thanksgiving

  • Duplin County School Mentoring

  • Friends of the Depot

  • Friends of the Library

  • Pet Friends

  • Wallace-Rose Hill Friends of the Arts

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Helping Hands Food Pantry

  • Meals on Wheels

  • UNCW Women’s Golf Invitational

  • UNC Pembroke Men’s Golf Invitational

  • Summer Youth Golf Program