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4.6
110 Reviews (110)
5 Stars
69
4 Stars
29
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.5
95.0%
Recommend this course
101 out of 110 reviews
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4.7
29 Reviews (29)
5 Stars
21
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.1
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
96.6%
Recommend this course
28 out of 29 reviews
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4.5
45 Reviews (45)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
93.3%
Recommend this course
42 out of 45 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

4.6
110 Reviews (110)

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 2
Handicap 5-9
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Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Previously Played

Tee’d off

The course was ok. For the money I would have expected Cart GPS or at least a yardage book for the layout. There was no early warning lightning alert system. Very poor weather management. The range wasn’t set up very well. Greens were bad. They had been punched 8 days prior and my guest paid full rate.

I’m sure it’s a one time experience, but I won’t be back.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

NC gem

Outstanding course, really enjoyed the whole experience (except some of my play!). Course is in great shape, well watered through the drought has it green, and long! Greens rolled great!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Speed up greens

If the greens were given more speed, I would of given 5 stars. The greens were just too slow. Other than that all was great.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Real nice layout

Cape Fear National is a must play when in the Wilmington area. The downside is that they seem to be getting less and less reliant on public play and therefore morning tee times are difficult to find.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
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
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 23
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 2
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
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 33
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Played On
Reviews 43
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
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