Low and slow on your woods swing. I have had the same 4 wood 1999 (Steelhead Plus 4W). I tried one with a shalower face (Ping G10) but wasn't happy. Remeber before you change equipment, it's the indian not the arrow.
I’m a little skeptical that these aren’t water balls. I live on a golf course and ball hawk from the ponds but I won’t play a ball that has algae on it when I pluck it. I have noticed that especially with premium balls water will kill them fast.
The reason for my pessimism it that about once a month I see a guy surface from the pond behind my house in scuba gear with a BIG mesh bag filed to the top with balls. Hell he can hardly lift it out of the water. And...
Its been a few years since I have been there but the Currituck Club was very nice but a little overpiced. There is a course a few miles inland called Goose Creek that is very affordable, pretty well maintained and forgiving.