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4.7
132 Reviews (132)
5 Stars
87
4 Stars
33
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.5
97.2%
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123 out of 132 reviews
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5.0
1 Reviews (1)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
5.0
Value
4.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
100.0%
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1 out of 1 reviews
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4.9
10 Reviews (10)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
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10 out of 10 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

4.7
132 Reviews (132)

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
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

A great round

Excellent course. Beautiful layout that is well maintained even in February. Multiple tees make the course accessible for all ages and proficiency. Can be challenging from tips to very manageable from forward tees. Beautiful greens with very true ball tools. Great staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Immaculate shape. If you are a serious golfer who keeps a handicap and loves the game then this is a must play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Cape Fear….very good

Always great place to play…fairways and greens good

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Not to be missed

Have wanted to play this course for quite a long time but always ended up at Carolina National or Lockwood Folly. Both very nice courses but my favorite now is Cape Fear National. From the start, staff treats you like a member. Course is beautiful and well kept. Public playing days may be over as the course was sold and rumor is they are in the process of going private. Hope this doesnt happen because it would be a shame for the non member to miss out on such a fantastic facility. If it happens, I can at least say I played it twice. Thanks Cape Fear!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great Conditions.

Great course with superb short game practice facility. A little pricey but worth an occasional round. Weirdly, both nines end with a par three - which seems odd, but not a big deal.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Worth The Money

This course is not the cheapest round in the Wilmington area but it worth the money for sure. The parkways and greens are always good and the layout is challenging. Not for a beginner golfer but a great time. The neighborhood and amenities are nice as well. One of the beast public course in Brunswick county!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
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
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Outstanding

One of the nicest courses I’ve ever played! Very challenging with a few unique holes with sand cascading along the entire side/middle of the hole. Also by far the friendliest staff o have ever seen. Highly recommend making the trip to give it a try, wish I lived closer so I could get a membership

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging course

Nice, challenging course made more challenging by the large amounts of rain recently causing the fairways to be extremely muddy. Cart path only for the round which isn't an issue just waterlogged.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Holiday

Today was 4th of July. I was a single playing with a 3some. The starter didn’t want to let me have my own cart. That was really my only issue. The rest of the staff was fantastic, the course was in great shape. Pace was great until 17 & 18. But who cares at that point. No beverage cart today, usually not the case.

Love this course. Will definitely play again

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Cape Fear National

Course was aerated about 2-3 weeks prior, so the greens were a little bumpy. Due to that fact, you would think they would give a little discount off the full rack rate.
Other that that, the course was in good shape and a real enjoyable layout. Played with my wife who said it was a fair but challenging for ladies.
Would definitely play again. A don't miss course if you're in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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