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4.7
67 Reviews (67)
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.7
94.3%
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61 out of 67 reviews
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5.0
2 Reviews (2)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
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4.7
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Layout
5.0
Pace
4.7
Amenities
5.0
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4.7
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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.

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
67 Reviews (67)

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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Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful Course

Starter was of virtually no help on this damp day. Didn’t wipe down clubs, cart and had to ask where the first tee was. Other than this single complaint the course was beautiful and in great shape. Bar staff at the turn and shop staff were all very friendly and I had the course almost to myself. Played the mud puddle Magnolia Greens the day before and even at half the price Cape Fear was still the better value. Very damp recent days with tropical depression in the area but this course handled water pretty well. Greens are Bermuda but still fairly quick and True and had recovered from aeration when I played. Water coolers weren’t out but probably related to COVID 19. I’m a 10 handicap and was very happy with 81.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Must play in Wilmington

There is nothing bad to say about this course. Great layout, GPS on the carts allows you to see any trouble, great practice area (complete with chipping & bunkers) and superb conditions. Yes, the price is a bit high but realistically it is in line once you compare CF to nearby courses. End of June and greens were not punched was a surprise bonus. If I had to choose 1 course to play the rest of my life then Cape Fear could be it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 29
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout

This course has a great layout with some beautiful holes. It is long with a lot of carries and sand, so bring your A game! Greens are excellent

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

Great Course

I dont normally do reviews but this is a great course. First time playing this course. Very friendly staff from the time you pull in parking lot untill you leave. Will definitely play this course again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fantastic course

First time playing course. Entire experience was fantastic from the time our clubs left the car. Staff super friendly and knowledgeable; course was beautiful and well maintained. Just a well run organization. Highly recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Bad greens

Greens are almost dead! Otherwise it's a very nice course but to me greens are the most important feature of a course. Therefore i wouldn't play this course again until the greens are improved.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Conditions

Conditions were much improved. The course was in bad shape a month ago but it is resembling the course I remember again. Played it twice this week and thoroughly enjoyed it. The course is always better when no rain.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/03/2019

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. We value your feedback and hope to see you again soon.!

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
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Commented on 06/03/2019

Thanks for your review. We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 08/02/2019

Thanks for your review! Hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Such a nice course

Very challenging course. You could end up loosing a few balls. Loved the course. Greens are huge and very fast. They are planning to redo all their greens in June. This course is definitely a must play. Always very windy, so one more thing to keep in mind when planning your shots.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 06/03/2019

Thanks for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed playing our course. We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Loved it

Loved the course and staff was great. Early season conditions to be expected.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/03/2019

Thanks for your review. We are delighted our staff and course met all your expectations. Hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/03/2019

Thanks for your review. We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 06/03/2019

Thank you for your review. We hope to see you back soon.

Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/03/2019

Thanks for your review. We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bring extra balls the first time.

I love this course and will play it again while here. Next time I will leave the driver in the bag more. Accuracy is more important than distance on most holes.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 06/03/2019

Thanks for your review. We are so glad you love our course! We value your feedback and hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 33
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Bill from Akron

Aesthetically beautiful course generous fairways and large greens. The layout was tough, you need to hit the fairways. The wasteland is unique, unfortunately I was unable to play hole 13 as they were filling in the wasteland. I will definitely play this course again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/03/2019

Thanks for your review. We apologize for the inconvenience and value your feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

I’m saddened by this course

I moved here three years ago and fell in love with this course. Over the last few months, course conditions have slowly depleted. This course used to be green and have best fairways. No longer. I understand that the course took somewhat of a beaten during the hurrincane but geez. My budddy and I played at full price even though we could only play 17 holes. Also could not play bunkers. I’m just disappointed in this course. I felt like a GF that had cheated on me when I left this place. I would advise serious golfers to avoid the course right now. Maybe it will be restored by summer.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/02/2019

Thank you for your review. We apologize your experience was anything less than stellar. We are working hard to improve these conditions and hope you will come back to play again!

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Commented on 02/17/2019

I wouldn't jump off the ledge just yet. It's February and I haven't played any courses that are green right now. I played a couple of weeks ago and feel like the course was good. They are rebuilding every bunker out there and it is a slight put off that you only get to play 17 holes but still the best layout around and greens are perfect.

Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Whatta Day!

I've played here before but to be able to play here in 80 degree weather in February was a real treat. Course was undergoing some repair and had to play the first hole as a par 3 but certainly didn't ruin the day (probably saved a ball for me). The young man in the golf shops name was Ty so all I could think about was Caddyshack.
Course was in pretty good shape for this time of year and we were off of the path which was a bonus. Looks like they are redoing every bunker on the course and starter told us they were hit hard by the hurricane but the greens were fantastic. For my money this is the best public track around. I just hope they don't go up too much on rate but it was worth it today for sure. Can't wait to go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 08/02/2019

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience! Hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hate to give this review

I would love to recommend this course but every time I've played here (3 or 4) times it is CPO.

The course just doesn't drain and retains water more than any other course I've played.

And you aren't told until you arrive that the 10th hole is closed and the parallel #1 hole is reduced to a par three.

I have to praise the staff as they are friendly and especially the maintenance crew who are working to repair the course and especially the bunkers. And I understand why the course has to be CPO.

They have GPS on the carts which is worthless as you are never close enough to your ball, so bring your rangefinder.

So I recommend that you call the course prior to booking to find out the conditions. I would rather walk this course, but there is too much distance between holes. So if you can't walk a lot, or skilled enough to place your shots close to the cart path (maybe that's my problem) I recommend you avoid this course until we have a dry spell, as it will still be a while until you're able to ride the fairways.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Thanks for your review. We're so glad our staff met your expectations. We greatly value your feedback and are working hard to improve the customer experience.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Bad greens

Fairways and bunkers are in good condition but the greens need major help. Pretty course but i wouldn't pay over 40 bucks to play it again. Too many courses in the area with better greens to play.

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