Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest
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.
|Championship M: 75.0/138||396||545||442||198||404||434||381||576||205||3581||424||535||396||427||203||559||435||442||215||3636||7217|
|Champ/Black M: 73.8/136||373||512||442||198||404||434||381||576||173||3493||397||515||396||393||203||559||435||412||186||3496||6989|
|Black M: 72.4/133||373||512||413||169||404||396||354||536||173||3330||397||515||387||393||169||525||403||412||186||3387||6717|
|Black/Blue M: 71.0/131||345||512||395||169||373||366||354||536||156||3206||372||515||387||375||169||525||371||387||186||3287||6493|
|Blue M: 69.9/128||345||487||395||157||373||366||342||500||156||3121||372||473||352||375||149||499||371||387||172||3150||6271|
|Blue/White M: 68.6/123||345||487||336||157||320||328||319||500||156||2948||320||473||352||338||149||499||371||347||172||3021||5969|
|White M: 66.8/116 W: 72.4/131||326||403||336||132||320||328||319||472||130||2766||320||410||283||338||119||442||331||347||163||2753||5519|
|Green M: 63.7/105 W: 68.3/114||190||403||312||106||287||253||258||433||110||2352||200||389||252||274||95||417||302||314||148||2391||4743|
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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 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.
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.
Loved the course and staff was great. Early season conditions to be expected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful course - grounds crew issue
I was the first one out on the course and was really enjoying my round until I hit the eighth hole. They had a grounds crew member mowing the greens, and like on any course I thought they would waive me through once they saw me waiting. Instead I waited on every hole 10 minutes for him to cut the greens. I finally just passed him on hole 12 because I wasn’t going to wait any longer. As a single going out for the first tee time of the day I would think that is assumed I’m trying to play fast, but obviously not with this crew. Overall the course was in great shape and had some character. Generous fairways, bunkers/waste bunkers, and slight undulations make this course fun, yet difficult.
Top 3 in Wilmington. Maybe #1
Nov 11/18 was chilly & wet.Still better to be golfing than anything else! Course is a first class layout!
Played this course in the summer in a fund raiser for the local Hospice (Lower Cape Fear) Just a great day. Staff & Pro Ryan were terrific. They really cared & wanted everyone to have a wonderful day. If you can only play one course in Wilmington, come here. The value & layout is better than the Dunes in Myrtle Beach (too expensive now)
Second time around
Very nice course, wet once again , and ALL traps are ground under repair ( and mostly should be !) . Other than that, 4 sand bottles and no ball washer on the carts; they do have great GPS!
Lots of swamp land
Nice layout but bring plenty of balls! Friendly service at the bar.
Great layout fair for all skill levels just wish the 9th and 18th are par 3
Weathered Florence Well, But Need to Attend to Traps
I play this course typically twice a week and live in Brunswick Forest, where it is located. The course weathered Hurricane Florence well. The crew removed downed trees and the fairways are very playable. Pin positions are in tough positions to allow for some of the more-worn areas of the greens to heal a bit. The only issue -- and it's a large issue -- are the sand traps. Don't know of plans to get them in playable shape, but they need to do something. Cape Fear National always drains poorly. A half-inch of rain the day before you play will most certainly cause a "cart path only" circumstance. When dry (and when the traps are better) this course takes a backseat to none.