We travel up the coast to Wilmington, North Carolina to check out one of the best courses in the area, Cape Fear National. We will take a look at how to play the par 3 holes on this Tim Cate design. All yardages and tips will be based on the amateur tees because after all that is what we all are. We want to help the “weekend hacker” have a better shot of scoring well at Cape Fear National.The first par 3 on the course is the 157 yard 4th hole. We get to ease into things with a very straightforward hole. A nice big, round putting surface awaits a short to mid-iron shot that only has to navigate 2 bunkers that are so short of the green they should not come into play at all. We should make par here and maybe even a have a good shot at birdie!
No.9 is the next par 3 we see and it is a 156 yard gem that takes us over some water off the tee to a larger green with sand traps front right and back right too. Club selection is important to make sure we clear the water. Pick the right club, take a deep breath and swing away. There is bail out short and run as there is a little strip of fairway running up to the green. We should be thinking par here.
The 14th hole is up next. It is a nice 149 yard hole that once again has some water to carry but it should not be a factor as there is at least 40 yards of land between he water and the putting surface. We worry more about the bunkers short right than the water. Take plenty of club on the tee shot. Long is safer than short. Still another par should be in the cards for sure and with a good tee shot we could be in birdie territory.
A unique calling card of Cape Fear National is that both the 9th and 18th holes are par 3s. the 18th hole is a fun one! No water to contend with this time but it is a bit longer than the first three par 3s on the course. This 172 yard hole also plays slightly uphill as it takes us back to the clubhouse. It is an amazing scene with the huge clubhouse behind the green to the right. Short left bunkers are the only hazards to worry about here. Pull the right club and finish the round with a great shot to a large green that is prime to give up a birdie. Now that is a way to finish a round!
For more information or to make a tee time visit the website CapeFearNational.com or call the golf shop at 910.383.3283.