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4.4
102 Reviews (102)
5 Stars
65
4 Stars
26
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.4
86.2%
Recommend this course
94 out of 102 reviews
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4.7
25 Reviews (25)
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.1
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
100.0%
Recommend this course
25 out of 25 reviews
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4.5
37 Reviews (37)
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
94.6%
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35 out of 37 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par N/A
Length N/A
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Opened in 2010, it did not take Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest long to be ranked as one of the "top 10 best courses you can play in North Carolina" by Golfweek. It was quite a feat to create a course that stood out in an area known for its exceptional golf, but designer Tim Cate mastered the challenge. Although it was carefully carved through acres of forest, the trees don't play much of a role on the course. Sand and water will be the most formidable challenges on this links layout. Golfers can expect forced carries over native marshes and massive waste bunkers strategically placed throughout. There are challenges in store for players of all skill levels but Cape Fear National is also a fair and straightforward test with no hidden hazards.

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Course Details

Year Built 2009
Fairways Tifway 419 bermuda
Greens A-1/A-4 bent grass
Architect Tim Cate (2009)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Locker Rooms

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in North Carolina (2018 #4)

Reviews

4.4
102 Reviews (102)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 12
Forced Carries 11
Water Hazards 9
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 12
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 8
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 6
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 7
Worth the Drive 6

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Reviews 1
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

What a beast!!!

I play to a scratch and had my a#% handed to me!!!
I haven’t shot in the 90s since I started playing golf. After a one day rest, I will be there tomorrow with a little course knowledge and a lot more respect... Now, if I can only stop thinking about revenge and get some sleep, perhaps things will go a little better... Good night CFN, see you manana

Norman

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

A Jewel to Tour

This course "has it", even the oddity of both the front 9 and back 9 ending with a par 3 hole. It is both fun and (if scoring is one's aim) challenging in the same breathe, and the hole variety was pleasant to experience. Other than having slightly slow greens along with collars that stop or slow a ball like Velcro, not much better in the geographic area can touch it.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Loved it

Great golf course great condition good people worth the price.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 25
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Got time ??

Two and one-half hours for nine holes.
Never saw a ranger.
Nice course. Good condition. Nice layout.
They have a pace of play problem.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 32
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 40
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

great track

Well maintained and nice track to play. Played here earlier in the year when it was very cold, windy and extremely wet. much better and soon to be great. Greens were smooth, hard and fast. Tough but enjoyable Nice practice area. Restaurant was not open until later.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Great Servicd

Unfortunately unable to play due to the weather but the management company was very helpful and extended us a refund (instead of rain checks) as we are not from the area. Appreciated their service and have heard nothing but great things about the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course!!!

Overall a amazing course!! Course is absolutely beautiful and I was playing in a light rain after 3 days of pretty heavy rain, and the course still played well. Layout of the course has a ton of risk vs reward opportunity’s that will challenge you every hole. End state, play this course if you are in town and you won’t regret it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wind, Water & Sand

Cape Fear! I finally started the year off by scratching another top 50 off the list. This will be a short review. However, this is one of the best kept courses I've ever seen, during the winter.
Brunswick Forest has a lot of sand and a lot of water. It felt like water was in play almost every hole. Sand? Plenty of that as well and it is quality sand, not hard, rocky or compact. The wind during our round was a serious factor. This course ate me up. I had a 58 on the front. That's where the conversation ends. I seriously have to get lessons, because I am struggling with my grip and swing path.

P.s. I walked the entire course, which was over 5 miles I think. Baller-To-Bogey!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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