We take a look at Cape Fear National Golf Course at Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC just down the road from Wilmington. Tim Cate is the designer. He used the natural landscape of the area very well when carving his vision. Cut out of a forest filled with some very old oak trees along with maples, pines and magnolias give the course the look of a much older golf course than one that opened in 2009.
In addition to being carved out of a dense forest, Cape Fear takes golfers through some undulations and wetlands as well. There are native grasses along most of the holes and some several bridges are necessary to carry golfers over and through wetland areas. This golf course is a visual masterpiece. It even has 3 waterfalls! Truly unique and beautiful to behold.
Cape Fear National is not just a pretty face. It is a heck of a golf course too. It has earned quite a few accolades since opening seven years ago. It was listed at Top 10 Best New Courses in 2010 in Golf Magazine. Links Magazine and Golfweek had it on the Best New Courses of 2010 as well.
With 5 sets of tees, Cape Fear National can be played from several yardages and enjoyed by golfers of all ages and ability levels. The Championship tees are a very tough challenge. At 7,217 yards even the low handicappers better bring their “A-game” when taking on this challenge.
The par-72 layout provides a variety of looks for golfers as they work their way through the forest and marshlands. Plenty of room to land tee shots in the fairway on most holes can lull golfers to sleep. It is important to be on the proper side of the fairways in order to ensure a good angle into the greens. A missed approach shot and golfers will find their ball in some high native grass or in the plush, white sandy bunkers that are strategically placed and guarding the putting surfaces.
All and all when golfers come to Cape Fear National they are in for a treat to be sure. A great layout surrounded by some amazing scenery that has to be seen to truly appreciate it. We highly recommend making the trip to Brunswick Forest and Cape Fear National sooner rather than later.
For more information or to book a tee time visit the website www.capefearnational.com or call the pro shop at 910-383-3283.