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4.5
123 Reviews (123)
5 Stars
78
4 Stars
32
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.3
94.0%
Recommend this course
113 out of 123 reviews
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4.4
17 Reviews (17)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.4
88.2%
Recommend this course
15 out of 17 reviews
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4.6
45 Reviews (45)
5 Stars
31
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
95.6%
Recommend this course
43 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

4.5
123 Reviews (123)

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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5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
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First Time Playing

No golf

Would loved to have played this course, but injured my back and was not able to play! Tried to cancel but Golf Now would not let me cancel my round from the day before!
So I have no clue how the course was, how it played, the amenities, or the support of the staff!!
Should be able to cancel even if you payed for the round!
Just not right!’

Conditions Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
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 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
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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
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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
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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
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Verified Purchaser
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 5
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 20
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
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