Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest

4.7404352941 4.7 stars from 5 (40)

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Credit cards accepted: Yes

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 40 Reviews
5 stars:
27
4 stars:
10
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

38 out of 40 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers forced carries water hazards  

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"Excellent"


mdhoops's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Blake and his staff are outstanding. Great. course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Best Course in Brunswick County"


ddotson2's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Caps Fear National is a fantastic modern design. Lots of fun and challenging holes with lots of water and sand, though I think they should switch the nines and make #9 the finishing hole. Conditions weren’t the best, but it rained heavily the night before, so couldn’t do much about that. They have a nice clubhouse, GPS carts, and great practice facilities (even though the range was closed this day, again because of the rain). My only complaint was that we received some attitude from two staff members (pro shop and starter), but the cart staff was helpful and friendly. Definitely worth a play if you’re in the Wilmington/Brunswick County area, especially in the afternoon (just $45 in the summer)!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A Course To Play"


wendellbyrd's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Cape Fair National provides challenges a golfer would like to face in a round of golf. The pace, course conditions and friendly staff was worth the money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great place"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great Value, course is in great shape. Great layout, except the 18th was a par 3. Definitely play this course if you have a chance.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun , fair test"


u000004933203's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed a good lunch before we played. Staff couldn’t of been nicer and course was in excellent condition. Hot day, so play was a little slow but steady.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u922760562's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



ericsscho's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Terrible service in pro shop"


Nmiyai's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Blake in pro shop is NOT a good choice 2 have on the desk. When we arrived, outside staff was friendly, courteous, n welcoming. They advised due 2 heavy rains the nite before, it was cart path only. We respect & appreciate management decision to maintain their course. Unfortunately, we can no longer play cart path only. We had called earlier to confirm our tee time. Blake had an opportunity to advise cart path only. He did not. When confronted with this, his reply: "if u didn't ask about course conditions, I wouldn't have said anything". Really? Obviously, not only does he lack common courtesy, he is not representing your course in the manner in deserves.


Staff Friendliness: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Wonderful course"


scott4526673's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My first time playing the course was great. A storm had come thru the day before I played so the course was very wet, but that didn't stop me from really enjoying a great golf course that was in exceptional condition.

Would definitely play again if I'm ever back in Wilmington.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"First time at CFN"


u000005028639's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Magnificent course! Well maintained and manicured, even around the edges. Put aside the recent aeration ( still best greens I saw all week) and 4” of rain. Cart path only , understandable. Better course than Thistle. Worth the drive from Sunset Beach


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Outstanding Course"


dkeel1955's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was one of the best public access courses I have played in a long time and especially for just under $50. Greens had been aerated about a week ago so those weren’t great but can’t blame the course for that. Otherwise, conditions from tee to green were outstanding. Beautiful layout as well. Many choices of teas for various skill levels. Definitely want to play again when back in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course, awesome layout."


levimshelton's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played the course about a week after the greens were punched. I knew ahead of time this was the case so that won’t factor into my review. This is a BEAUTIFUL course. I loved the layout. Nice open fairways and a challenging setup. I will be back to play again. Customer service was excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"I thought I was at Pinehurst"


RSerzanin's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What an amazing course! The way the architect used the region’s natural flora and fauna and combined it with the NC sand was truly beautiful. My only regret is that I live out of state and won’t be able to play it often. Well done all around!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u161320610's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good, challenging course."


johnjt2's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Very good, challenging golf course. The greens were really firm but putted true. Very windy due to the site of the course, which combined with the firmness, made holding greens very difficult. Overall, really fun and fair test of golf.

Pace of play not great. Being a tough course, that complicates things, but there was no ranger and the front 9 took almost 3 hours with four groups regularly on the same hole.

Staff could use some improvement. Charged our group a cart fee for an individual who suffered a broken ankle between reservation booking and day of play. Understand that, but was disappointing as we had called earlier in the week and they said it would be no problem for him to have a cart. No beverage cart on course which was unfortunate given the slowness of play. Called the pro-shop to ask and they said “if we see her, we’ll let you know.” Also, placed an order for burgers ($13 each, WOW!) on hole 8 for the turn. Arrived and the staffer said, we didn’t receive the order and “what do you want me to do, it’s human error.”

The course is definitely worth a try, but don’t expect much from a staff/hospitality side. Seemed very indifferent which was frustrating given the price of golf and food/etc.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"You Call This A Golf Course?"


u3280893's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2018
Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I call this NIRVANA! Wow, what a great course. Had a fantastic time and will definitely play next time I am in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Never Disappoints"


Golf4fun247's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

This course is really one of my favorites in the area. Greens are fast, fairways are overseeded so they are green and lush. My game was on that day which helped for the enjoyment.

Can be a little slow to get around sometimes but not today we were right at 4 hours. Staff for the most part is always friendly except for the golf pro. Almost seems like its a bother for us to be there. Other than that I would highly recommend this course. Must Play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Top notch conditions."


u627123542's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging but fair layout. You hit a bad shot it costs you like it should. Practice and chipping greens for warming up are appreciated.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course"


weekend1014's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was very impressed with this beautiful course! The conditions were pristine for early march and the bent grass greens were perfect! I reside and work at Pinehurst and this course reminded me of # 4 and # 8! The Golfnow rate was was excellent! Very accomodating and friendly staff! I will def be back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Unbelievable Patch!!!"


Golfcritique01's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played this course for the first time and was not disappointed in the least. Everything from the time we got there was perfect. If there was a negative it was that the range was a good drive away from 1st tee but that was the ONLY thing I would've changed.

Starter was very informative, course was challenging but fair and pace of play was under 4 hours on a busy Saturday morning at 9:50am. Greens were rolling true and quick. Looks like the ball marks could be an issue when play increases but they were smooth today. I highly recommend this course!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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